Sarah McKee of Cheeky Monkees Corner sews lovely keepsakes with my toy patterns.

When I designed the Calico Bear pattern as a Signature Bear in 2008 I had no idea that it would become so popular as a keepsake bear pattern! Lots and lots of people sew lovely keepsakes with my bear pattern including one of my customers, Sarah McKee of Cheeky Monkees Corner.

Sarah makes keepsake toys from special items of clothing belonging to loved ones who are no longer here, outgrown baby clothes, uniforms or other special items. One of the cutest keepsake bear she’s made is this mini keepsake bear that Sarah made by reducing the size of the Calico Bear pattern so she could make a mini keepsake bear using a small pyjama top. These are now available for order and they can be made using ONE baby outfit!


Mini Keepsake Bear pattern



This is another gorgeous mini keepsake bear Sarah made by reducing the size of the Calico Bear pattern. It’s so easy to do this, I have a blog post about how to resize a pattern if you’d like to see how to shrink the pattern to make it into a mini keepsake bear pattern!


Mini Keepsake Bear sewn by Sarah McKee CheekyMonkeesCorner



It’s been a week of fabric fun at Missouri Star Quilt Company, which, if you haven’t heard of it before, is basically the Disney World of quilting fabric. Luckily, it was only an hour’s drive from Quilt Market, so I got to visit just in time for the annual set of workshops called Missouri Star Academy.



This mural in the centre of town calls Hamilton “your happy place”…. with 13 fabric stores, you’d definitely agree! These fabric stores completely revitalized the small town of Hamilton, Missouri after the economic downturn and now the business employs around 450 of the towns residents!

Go fabric!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š


Here I am “fossicking” for Kaffe Fasset fabric to turn into new Funky Friends toys โ€ฆโ€ฆ so many fabrics it’s hard to choose, let alone stay CALM!!! LOL


Missouri Star

I LOVE pins – you can never have enough pins, right!?! I bought a great BIG pincushion just like this for all my pins!โค 



Quilt Market Kansas City in Photos!


Yeeeeeeeehar! Itโ€™s fabric time!!!!


I am ALWAYS so excited to check out the other stalls to see the NEW fabric ranges.

Here are a few of my favourites ~>

Although I missed Tula Tnk herselfโ€ฆ her booth didnโ€™t disappoint! Her Monkey Wrench fabric line with monkeys, bananas and wrenches of course is so bright and funky โ€“ it was the winner of the most creative booth award.๐Ÿ’›

Tula Pink Monkey Wrench



It’s been a long-time since I first got to meet Harmony in person. She is the fabric designer behind the Harmony Art organic fabric range and she popped into my booth when I was at Quilt Market in Houston… and she really is as lovely as she looks! ๐Ÿ˜€

Harmony Susalla - Harmony Art Organic Fabric
So when Harmony told me she had designed a giraffe print organic fabric and suggested we do a fabric and pattern GIVEAWAY, I said of COURSE!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

NOW you can sew your own

toy giraffe!


Giraffe pattern - Harmony Art giraffe print fabric


So, what can you win?

You can win some organic fabric AND and a FREE Funky Friends Factory pattern of YOUR CHOICE – it doesn’t HAVE to be Raff the Giraffe because I know a lot of you already have that pattern and I want EVERYONE to have a chance to win a free pattern! 

Harmony Art fabric giveaway


How do you enter?



When I see how pleased people are when they’ve sewn a toy themselves – it makes me smile! This week I have decided to share some of the cool customer versions of my soft toys…

to inspire YOU to sew some super cool softies yourself!


First up is this divine Tula Pink Pinkerville Hobby Horse sewn by Shazz McHArry using my Hobby Horse sewing pattern and the NEW Tula Pink Pinkerville fabric!! I am a mad-Tula Pink fan so this Hobby Horse turned into a unicorn made my day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tula Pink Pinkerville Hobby Horse sewn by SHazz McHArry




Next is a gorgeous version of Raff the Giraffe toy pattern sewn by Cooks Curious Crafts. She sews LOTS of Funky Friends Factoy toys and you can see them in her Etsy Shop… I love her unique toy blocks! ๐Ÿ˜€

Giraffe toy pattern


Next is a really sweet, girly-pink version of my Puppy Dog Pete toy pattern sewn by Jill Toevs. She made this cuddly soft toy pup for her new granddaughter. I think Puppy Pete looks very sweet in pink!


Puppy Pete sewn by Jill Toevs