Inspired by some little felt creatures (a.k.a. "felties") one of my students was making on her own last year, I did a bit of research and discovered that this has become a bit of a popular thing. Always looking for projects that develop skills, have a creative element, and are fun, I thought that this would be a good one for the beginning class. The students really enjoyed the project and did some great work!
(special thanks to Celia Eddy!)