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

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Come meet me in the Sew Let’s Quilt It Shop in Dallas Texas!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF News on 2019-10-04 14:07:32

This is my first EVER ‘fabric shop event’ and it’s going to be in America! I’ll be at Sew Let’s Quilt It in Dallas, Texas, and they’re planning a Q&A session and (a little embarrassingly for me)  a pattern signing session! 😝 I got a chance to visit Patty’s shop after I met her at Quilt Market and I found some gorgeous fabrics for sewing soft toys – which I am looking forward to doing again!

 

 

 

Shop Visit details:

  • Date: October 30th, 2019
  • Place: Sew Let’s Quilt It in Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Time: Exact time 10 – 5pm

 

Patty has asked people to Sign Up so she knows how many people to cater SNACKS for… 

PLEASE CLICK HERE to let us know
you’re coming to see me!?! πŸ™‚

 

Sew Let's Quilt This Store visit Dallas

What EXACTLY are we getting up to?

I’ve been invited to spend the day in Patty’s store. Here’s the blurb about the event from their website…

“Come and hang out with Pauline – the fun, toy-sewing, designer behind the Funky Friends Factory as she chats about ALL things toy-making, FUN fabrics, COOL toy-making tools and techniques and shares her best TOP for making the cutest soft toys EVER! A day of Funky Friends Frivolity!!! πŸ™‚ We will be having a ”formal” Q&A session in the morning and afternoon (eg. 11am and 3pm?) BUT you can pop in any time between (store hours) on (Day and Date) because Pauline is going to be spending the WHOLE day in our store!!! (We feel so lucky to have her here BUT she says she’s more than happy to hang out and “play with all the pretty fabric in our store” for the day!!!) We have convinced Pauline to sign copies of her pattern and she would LOVE to help you pic out funky fabrics and haberdashy for your next toy-making project while you are here. Come and share the Funky Friends Factory fun!

 

Wow – I think that sounds like fun!  haha!!!!!! πŸ˜€

 

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LIVE SEW-ALONG Call 3 – Sew lovely keepsakes with my FREE Calico Teddy Bear Pattern!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF News on 2019-09-20 22:31:06

We’re celebrating the NEXT intake of our SEWMANYFUNKYFRIENDS Club by opening the Club up to everyone for a FUN NEW LIVE SEW-ALONG!

The third LIVE CALL was all about sewing keepsake bears ~>

 

Look how cute the basic Calico Bear Signature Bear Pattern looks as a Mini Keepsake Bear.

 

sew lovely keepsakes with Funky Friends Factory

 

It’s the exact same pattern – just printed at 80% to make a Mini Keepsake Bear Pattern.

 

how to resize a mini keepsake bear

 

The size of the Mini Keepsake Bear is 9inches/23cm SITTING and 11Β½inches/29cm STANDING (compared to Calico Bear Standard Size printed at 100%  – which is 12inches/30cm SITTING and 16inches/40cm STANDING). 

 

FREE Mini keepsake bear pattern

 

 

AND…
during SEW-ALONG week
you can get the
Mini Keepsake Bear Pattern
for FREE!!!!

 

Then we did a pattern hack to make the teddy bear’s muzzle a different fabric/colour!

 

muzzle pattern hack

 

AND we made the keepsake bear from school uniforms to make a uniform keepsake bear. This is a great way to remember your school days, or college days too.

 

 

We enlarged the pattern to make a Maxi Keepsake Bear. Again it’s the exact same pattern – just printed at 120% to make an enlarged teddy bear pattern for a larger ‘Maxi’ Keepsake Bear Pattern. Here I got a photo of them side by side for you to see the size difference. πŸ™‚

FREE Maxi Bear Keepsake Pattern

 

AND… finally, when I managed to get the ‘kids’ to sit still for a photograph… LOL πŸ™‚

 

What fun!!!!

…and here are all 3 side by side so you can see the difference in size when you print the pattern at 80% (Mini Keepsake Bear Pattern) and print the pattern at 120% (Enlarged, Maxi Bear Pattern).

Calico Bear, Maxi Bear and Mini Keepsake Bear Patterns

 

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I had a fun evening out in a fabric shop this week…

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2019-09-19 23:31:24

YES, you heard that correct – I was buying fabric a 9pm!!! LOL πŸ™‚

Well, I discovered a lovely quilting shop, about an hour’s drive from me, called Apple Patch Quilting & Craft. It’s in a place called Cooee. (Yes we do have some fun place names in Tasmania!)

Apple Patch Quilting

 

This quilt shop is owned by a husband and wife – Vanessa and Craig – who are passionate about all things to do with fabric. They have a huge sewing space and run lots of workshops and classes… and that’s what I was up to in their store this week. Helen Godden , a quilt artist (and Handi Quilt Ambassador) was visiting and doing a trunk show.

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LIVE SEW-ALONG Call 2 – How to customize your Teddy Bear!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF News on 2019-09-18 21:35:07

We’re celebrating the NEXT intake of our SEWMANYFUNKYFRIENDS Club by opening the Club up to everyone for a FUN NEW LIVE SEW-ALONG!

The second LIVE CALL was a whirlwind of
terrific teddy-making techniques ~>

I wanted to show how versatile a simple teddy bear pattern can be. I had so many different ideas I whizzed through them all and got sooooooooo excited!!!:)

 

Pauline McArthur- Funky Friends Factory sew-along call 2

 

Look how cute the basic Calico Bear Signature Bear Pattern looks as a Birthday Bear. This is a fabulous memento for any birthday not just a 21st. You can get everyone at the party to sign your special bear instead of a guest book.

Calico Bear as a Birthday Party Bear

 

Then we turned the basic Calico Bear Signature Bear Pattern into a Wedding Bear with a cute veil and some fabric flowers.

 

Wedding Bear - Bride

 

Then we made her the man (oops teddy bear) of her dreams as the Groom bear with a cute bow-tie. Another great idea is to make a memento of your special day using the wedding dress and groom’s outfit too.

Wedding Bear - Groom

 

After that we had a Christmas Bear! I had a go at cutting some ivy leaves and added some glitter pom-poms for a cute Christmas Teddy Bear.

Christmas Teddy Bear

 

And last but not least, I made a mortar board for a Graduation Bear!

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory - SEW-ALONG

 

How sweet does he look? πŸ™‚

 

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LIVE SEW-ALONG Call 1 – How to sew a button-jointed Signature Bear!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogUncategorized on 2019-09-17 19:53:13

We’re celebrating the NEXT intake of our SEWMANYFUNKYFRIENDS Club by opening the Club up to everyone for a FUN NEW LIVE SEW-ALONG!

The first LIVE CALL was such a blast~>

…even though I had a cold and had to stop and blow my nose (off camera of course!) Lucky you can’t catch the flu watching a sew-along! πŸ™‚

We covered how to make a basic signature bear starting with how to sew button-jointed arms and legs. Here you can see me sewing my basic Calico Bear Signature Bear Pattern and attaching his arms and legs.. all on a Facebook LIVE call – NO PRESSURE! LOL 😊

 

how to do button-jointing

 

I also got to show off the Calico bear I sewed in Tula Pink Pinkerville fabric for the new step-by-step photo tutorial.

 

 

Don’t forget during SEW-ALONG week
you can get the
Calico Bear Pattern
for FREE!!!!

 

 

 

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