When I finally decided on a jungle animal theme (a lion, giraffe, elephant and a parrot] I got to work. I cut the body portion from felt sheets, trying to chose colours that matched the animals main body colour. I then needle felted the "fur" and other details onto each side. I had a blast doing this part. I found myself laughing out loud as I made the little faces and they came to life. When Both sides were complete I pinned them right side in and sewed around them. Then I popped them right side out and continued to add little details here and there using my needle felting tools.
I wanted to create some sort of carrying case for them and a quick search on pinterest led me to this great tutorial to make drawstring bags. I just happened to have been given a super cute jungle animal print fabric [thanks maw :)] that was perfect for the job.
This was such a fun project that I am already planning on doing a few more sets with various themes. If you wanted to make your own but didn't want to do the needle felting you could continue on using the felt sheets to cut out the features such as noses and ears etc.