This is Miyoko, she is of distant relations to the species of Plurbits!
Plurbits were designed by Heidi Iverson (http://www.mciverson.com/
). Her pattern can be found in the book "Softies Only A Mother Could Love."
I learned a few things with my first experience with felt that will help me with future projects:
1. It can fray easily.
Look for strongest area of the fabric before cutting.
2. Allow for plenty of seam allowance.
Don't want to stitch anywhere near the edge where the fabric is weak.
3. Pull tighter when stitching by hand.
But not so tight that I tear the felt.
...and I did stitch her all by hand.
She burst at the seams on her neck, though.
This was a combination of stitching too close to the edge + not stitching tight enough + overzealous stuffing.
Of course the sight was saved by an old standby: a knitted scarf!
On second thought .... I decided to think of it as a sapphire necklace!
More on Miyoko can be found here on my blog: http://thehappyhooker.blogspot.com/search/label/Miyoko