I used a hot glue gun to stack the string. Then I also hot glued buttons on. Small screwdriver sized holes were poked into two sides of the middle string sides for stick arms to slide in. A strip of fabric was cut and the ends were fringed. The eyes are brads.
Can you guess what the hat is from?
A toddler's sweater arm! It was a ratty old faded sweater in a box of garages sale clothes. I cut about half the arm length off, tied string around the rough end and turned it inside out!