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'...

Sometimes I don’t want to get out of bed!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-06-14 05:37:13

Today I have another rather personal ‘behind the scenes’ blog post to share with you and I am going to reveal something I am NOT so proud of…

I am generally


* If you missed the other ‘behind the scenes’ posts
you can read them here and here.

So, without being too harsh, let me just say, I’m NOT a sporty kind of person… (Although I was very good at high jump when I was at junior school BUT that’s only because I am exceptionally tall!)

I LOVE a good lie-in and I often work in bed in the mornings on my laptop until lunch time! BUT I’m NOT talking about the days when it’s simply laziness, or wanting to stay snuggled up in bed when it’s cold, that I am talking about here.

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No one gets me?!?!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-06-07 02:50:14

Last week I opened up a bit and shared my personal experiences with you, of dealing with stress, and how my joy of sewing soft toys got me through some stressful times. After that blog post, I was so touched by YOUR comments telling me how my toy patterns helped you through your own difficult events like career changes and life-altering medical diagnoses. It warms my heart to hear that sewing Funky Friends toys helps you create a ‘happy place’ and gives you a sense of accomplishment! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with me and telling me how you feel! 😀

I want to keep this ‘behind-the-scenes’ conversation going by telling you how the Funky Friends Factory community has played a huge role in my own happiness, how it’s made my ‘happy place’ even better and bigger! 

Looking back, I can hardly believe the changes I’ve experienced since I designed my first toy pattern… and how things, thankfully, have unfolded in an incredible way – which I never expected! 

For instance…. NOW I have so many lovely friends all around the world who love sewing softies, that it’s hard to believe (even for me!) that…

 …for a very LONG time, I didn’t have
ANY friends that sewed!

I had friends, yes, but none of them could understand my love of fabric and sewing soft toys!

Crazy, I know! 😀

Pauline McArthur outside Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop

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Sew your stress away!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-05-29 02:50:26

I have to admit… even though I am a very happy and upbeat person, just like everyone else I struggle sometimes with too much on my plate and the stress that comes from it.

 TOTAL over-load gets me down!

Pauline McArthur early days - some soft toys

In those situations,
I turn to my sewing machine!

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Soft Toys sewn in batik fabric range ~ City Culture 2 by Bella Nonna for Island Batik!

Posted under BlogInspirations on 2018-04-30 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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It’s time for our TOY CLUB again!!!

Posted under BlogFFF NewsInspirationsOther crafty stuff I love! on 2018-04-29 11:59:35

I have been invited to join in with Toy Club 2018 which is a funky Toy Sewing Club being run by my fabulous friend Kylie from the Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop. I am so excited because I get to hangout with her and play with all the fabulous fabrics she has in her really cool fabric shop while we make up the TOY KITS for the Club!

Look how cute the toys look

in the fabrics

from Voodoo Rabbit Fabrics!!!

Toys for Toy Club 2018

So what is Toy Club?

It’s a Subscription Sewing Club for people who LOVE to sew Funky Friends Factory Soft Toys in SUPER-COOL fabrics! Over six months you will get 6 Toy Kits made up with Funky Friends Factory toy  patterns combined with awesome fabrics and necessary notions from Voodoo Rabbit Fabric – it’s a match made in toy-making heaven!

How does Toy Club work?

This year we’ve decided to spice things up EVEN MORE because a lot of you have a LOT of my patterns already (Thank you!) and we want you to have the option to get some totally NEW Toy Kits!

First up, you get to choose 3 of these 8 existing KITS that we have already prepared…


 ALL toy KIT choices

Why ONLY 3 you ask?

Well, this is the exciting bit – you will also receive 3 ‘surprise’ KITS!!! These kits will have brand NEW (never before released) Funky Friends Factory Patterns…. that’s right…. 3 totally NEW, NEVER BEFORE RELEASED toy patterns – pretty cool huh?!

You get 6 Toy Kits over 6 months

Once a month, for 6 months you will get a Toy Kit. These Kits will be the 3 you selected plus 3 brand NEW ones. ALL 6 Toy Kits will come with the Pattern and all the fabrics and notions you will need to complete the toy which will be posted out from the ultra-cool Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop.


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