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'...

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!

Email

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!!!

Pauline-at-Stitches&Craft3

 

How do we fix this?

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Maybe you’re curious why I’m going BIG this year?

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsInspirationsOther crafty stuff I love! on 2018-01-28 22:27:06

I want to get a little bit serious (just for a change!) because I want to let you in on the reason behind this big thing I’m working on.

You might not believe it
but it’s taken a long time for me
to become comfortable telling people that I design soft toys for a living!



I trained as an optometrist and in comparison, sewing toys seemed a rather silly (even childish?) thing to do for a job! Often I think that there are so many awful things happening around the world, how can designing fluffy toys be a worthwhile thing to spend your whole life doing?

announcing toys eyes in da house

BUT over the years, having people tell me how much my toy patterns have meant to them… has meant so much to me!

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Have you joined the Free MONSTER SEW ALONG?

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsInspirationsOther crafty stuff I love!Toy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on 2018-01-24 11:37:23

I was only going to tell my newsletter subscribers about this HUGE, BIG, exciting project that I am working on because I was a little nervous about how it was going to be received. My newsletter subscribers are my biggest fans – they’re always keen to hear from me, they love it when I release a new pattern and I think they generally (genuinely?) love what I do. So  THEY would be the most forgiving audience, which is very important when you’re trying

Online LIVE VIDEO CALLS
for the first time!!!

 

It seems… they are LOVING the LIVE CALLS… and I am having such fun!

 

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So I want to let you know – there’s still time for yout come join us! As a grand kick-off celebration for the Sew Many Funky Friends Club… I’ll tell you more about that later, I’m hosting a

FREE online
MONSTER SEW-ALONG!

The sew-along centred around my easy monster sewing pattern – The Mix & Match Monsters pattern. It’s a quick, SIMPLE toy sewing pattern so you can ALL come and sew with me! AND guess what – if you come and join in for the MONSTER SEW-ALONG you will get the pattern for free!


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NEW YEAR and something NEW for FFF!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF News on 2018-01-05 04:31:29

I’m getting really excited because things are heating up around here! Yeah, yeah, it’s summertime in Australia, I know, BUT I am cooking up something really fun for you this year!

Last year was a crazy-whirlwind for me so my New Year’s resolution for 2018 is simply to slow down and…

HAVE MORE FUN!

Whether you’re sewing toys for babies, children, friends, family, customers, work-colleagues or just for yourself, sewing toys is all about FUN…and guess what? I’m planning more of it in 2018 for me and you!

 

Do more of what makes you happy

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Want to WIN some fabulous fabrics from Quilt Market?

Posted under BlogCompetitions & GiveawaysMarkets & ExhibitionsUncategorized on 2017-10-21 07:08:36

I am soooooooooooo excited! In less than a week I am off to Quilt Market in Houston. After the huge storms they had there earlier in the year we were reassured by QuiltsInc that Quilt Market would go ahead as planned and that we would be very welcome in the city as it rebounds from the devastating floods. It’s always exciting to go to market, but when you know that your tourist dollars will support the city too – who can say no? Certainly not me! :)

Quilt Market Houston 2017

 

Quilt Market is amazing for me because get to see the new ranges that the fabrics designers are bringing to market and I can stock up on gorgeous fabrics to make my Funky Friends samples (that I take to the next market!)

Last market I got some beautiful fabrics and I am going to show you a sneak peek of some of the Toys I will be taking to market myself!

First up is a bright funky range from Valerie Wells called Lucy and Ollie. The instant I saw it I knew it would be brilliant for my Raff Giraffe sewing pattern. I think ALL the colours look AMAZING!

  I can’t pick a favourite!

Raff giraffe sewing pattern sewn in Valorie Wells fabric

 

At the Robert Kaufman booth I discovered that the Kona Cotton Solid Color of the year 2017 was Flamingo!

Oooh, I know the perfect toy pattern for that!

Kona Cotton Solid Color of the Year 2017

 

Look how good my Fleur Flamingo toy pattern turned out in Kona Flamingo mixed with some beautiful batik fabric also from Robert Kaufman!

Flamingo toy pattern in Kona Cotton colour of the year 2017

 

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