Three of those were finger puppets I made patterns for and sewed before we left. Not fancy but any means, but he really likes them and more than a month later still asks for them several times a week.
I realized while I was sewing them that they weren’t looking anything like my plan. I’d hoped the yellow one would be an owl. The middle green one? A bear, probably. The green on the left was to be a frog (sort of still is). Felt can be hella hard to sew. And I didn’t want to change thread a million times, which also limited what I could do. And then I thought, why not use those decorative stitches I never use?
I have a Janome 7330 Magnolia machine, which comes with 30 stitches:
For Mr. Yellow, I used 30 for his eyes and 27 for his mouth. Mr. Green Alien Bear also got eyes of 30, plus ears of 29 and a mouth secured by 13 (though 14 would be pretty good too). Frog got a mouth of 25, and eyes that are straight-stitched on (1).
I did all my faces, and then stitched the front to the back.