Welcome to the Funky Friends Factory blog!

Hi, I'm Pauline.
I believe that toy-making should be
SIMPLE and FUN for everyone ~
so anyone can give it a go!

Here you will be able to keep up to date with the latest happenings at the 'factory'...

Funky Friends Toys looking great in City Culture 2 by Bella Nonna for Island Batik!

Posted under BlogInspirations on 2018-04-16 23:32:31

I love the funky ‘textures’ of the City Culture 2 batik fabric range designed by Bella Nonna for Island Batik!


Jayme Crow and her daughter Megan are the fabric designers behind Bella Nonna and they live in Washington USA.

Jayne and Megan CROWBella Nonna

This colourful fabric range would look amazing made up in most of my toy patterns…. BUT look how cute Ozzie Octopus, Larry Lion, Stu Sea Turtle , Alice Alpaca, and Ellie Elephant turned out!!!

Funky Friends sewn by CalicoJoan


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New release!!! Monty the Manatee sewing pattern!

Posted under BlogNEW Softie Patterns on 2018-04-10 12:46:28

Finally, my new Manatee sewing pattern is ready! I’m verrrrrrrrrry excited to show you my NEW toy pattern!

Meet Monty the

MANATEE pattern

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Elementz Blog Hop

Posted under BlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2018-03-02 00:11:07

I’m really excited because I have been invited by the lovely Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis to join in on the blog hop to celebrate her new fabric range – Elementz which she has designed with Island Batik.

blog hop


Tammy’s bright colourful fabric range would look amazing made up in most of my toy patterns…. BUT look how cute Patch Pussy Cat and Silly Scap Snakes turned out!!!


Funky Friends Factory toy patterns sewn in Tamarinis Elementz fabric range Island Batik


There lots of fun stuff going on during the blog hop… so make sure you visit each blog on the dates below!

Enter here for the the giveaway Island Batik is doing…


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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COSY PROJECT – Wodger Wombat KITS 25% off for YOU!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsOther crafty stuff I love!Uncategorized on 2018-02-24 00:14:52

I’m really excited to tell you about project I have been involved with in connection with Cosy PROJECT who have produced some cute KITS of my Wodger Wombat Pattern. Wodger is so cute that it’s not surprising he has been an ALL time favourite since he made his debut appearance in the Homespun magazine back in 2012.

Cosy Project sewing kits


COSY PROJECT is an online marketplace filled with online craft lessons and patterns from some of the world’s most well-known and inspiring teachers and designers. The company behind Cosy PROJECT is Universal Media Co., Australia‚Äôs largest niche media company and producers of Homespun magazine. The COSY PROJECT website has patterns and online classes to suit all tastes and styles, great gift ideas, quick projects and seasonal designs – all ready to be handmade by you!

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What to do if you’re NOT getting my emails?

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-02-19 03:05:44

I’m writing this blog post to tell you what you can do if you are NOT getting my emails!


If you have subscribed to my newsletter or have joined the Sew Many Funky Friends Club and you are NOT getting any emails from me… something is wrong! You may not have a SPAM FILTER but your Email Service Provider (ESP) can still block my emails from getting through to your inbox – even if you WANT to read THEM! This is a very common issue. Unfortunately, it’s just something that ESPs do because it’s an easy way for them to apply a ‘blanket fix’ to keep you safe from SPAM.

Unfortunately, it also blocks
legitimate emails
~ like mine!

Even though you can hardly consider me an internet crook!!!



How do we fix this?

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