Easy to make a fabric doll/puppet from a pattern. Could use this method for the body and look into a different method for the attachment of the head for neck movement
You have to scroll down a bit to get the details, but this looks like a project worth doing! www.handmakery.com
Good representation for how the strings will be attached and how the joints should work.
Mooie en eenvoudig te maken vogel #marionet
tutorial: wooden puppet with papier mache head, hands and feet
Лариса Бабенко - by Larisa Babenko - could make story in dress
Puppy Puppet Craft (via Parents.com)
Another view of puppet theatre (Puppeteers by Anna Rascouët-Paz, via Flickr)