This snazzy 'gator (aka a sewing book for pins and needles) is a great gift for any seamstress.
Have a different animal in mind, like a spotted dog, perhaps? Simply choose other felt colors and add ears.
Begin by cutting an oval (about 8 by 2 inches) from green felt. From white felt, cut the same shape, but slightly smaller. Then cut one from red felt that's a bit smaller still. Create jagged teeth around the edge of the white felt by trimming it with pinking shears.
Center the pieces on top of each other (green, white, then red). Fold the stack in half and press with an iron (a parent's job).
Use the yarn and needle to sew two or three large stitches through the center of the stack of felt to bind the three layers. Then tie the ends of the yarn into a double knot (on the outside of the alligator) and trim off any excess.
For the alligator's eyes, glue green pompons and googly eyes, and for a snout, glue or sew on the sequins or beads.