I've probably mentioned Bre Pettis' sympathy dolls before, but he recently uploaded a video showing how to make one. The idea is that the doll is so pathetic looking, that just looking at it will cheer you up.
Make Your Own Sympathy Doll from Bre Pettis on Vimeo.
You can download the pattern and see various sympathy dolls here.
*Previously: Plush Beholder instructions.
*Learn how to make plush monsters with these books at Amazon.