This really puts it into perspective on how a novice seamstress/sewer might go about actually creating these shapes. It's hard to get it to sit just right and if you don't know what the "unfolded" version is supposed to look like, it's hard to come up with a final product. I'm glad you posted this, even if that wasn't your intent at all.
At first I thought it was a creepy worm... with hair on the top... So I was creeped out at first. XD
I make small felt animals occasionally, and I was just using a pre-made pattern (which I modified a bit to fit my preferences), but are those lines at the end what they call darts? And what does it look like un-sewn? And what is the benefit of them vs just cutting it out curved? Strength? Shape? Both?