Category Archives: Inspirations

Sue Daley Bitter Sweet BLOG HOP

Posted under BlogInspirations on 2016-09-04 06:00:58

I am so excited to be invited to be a part of Sue Daley’s Bittersweet Blog hop! With so many gorgeous fabrics in the Bittersweet Fabric Range it was really hard to choose which ones to transform into Funky Friends soft toys…

Sue Daley fabric Bittersweet

Here you can see I have used one of the geometric prints for Randy Rhino Pattern.

I love how the pattern shows off his funky shape!


Bittersweet-Fabric-SueDaley-Riley Blake-rhino-pattern


For my Heather Hippo Pattern I used one of the more-floraly prints (Technical term, NOT!!!) and added the geometric print for the highlights. I was a bit nervous doing this but they look awesome together!!!


Bittersweet-Fabric-SueDaley-Riley Blake-hippo-pattern


Bittersweet Blog Hop SCHEDULE~>

This is only one stop on the Bittersweet Blog hop, as you may know! Click the links in the schedule below to check out the earlier posts and follow along to see what other fabulous things people have been making with Bittersweet fabric!

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Jennifer Jangles – jolly cute fabric for softies!

Posted under BlogInspirations on 2015-07-10 08:32:13

If you know me, you’ll know I LOVE colour (LOTS of it) and I am sure you can just imagine how much I love the awesomely bright and colourful fabric designs from Jennifer Heynan a.k.a Jennifer Jangles!

LOTS & LOTS!!!!!

Jennifer Jangles fabric

Just look how cute my Plattie Platypus pattern turned out in Jennifer’s fabrics!!!

Plattie Platypus toy pattern Jennifer Jangles fabric

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Recycle your pre-loved clothes into gorgeous soft toys!

Posted under BlogCustomer FeedbackInspirations on 2015-02-11 08:04:48

I got a lovely message from Karen Devonshire‎ who made this gorgeous version of my Puppy Pete Dog toy pattern for her grandson. She thought he turned out rather cute and I agree!

Where did she get that cute fabric?

Puppy soft toy made from lady's shirt by Karen D

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Homemade soft toys are NOT just for babies!

Posted under BlogInspirations on 2015-02-05 11:46:16

Most homemade soft toys are sewn for babies, or for children. I should know this because I got into designing my Funky Friends Factory toy patterns when all my friends started having babies! BUT I know lots of people use my soft toy patterns to make toys as gifts for adults as well…

Homemade toys to sew are not just for baby toys

I got a lovely email from Shirls this week who has made lots and lots of Funky Friends soft toys as gifts, for friends and family members, of ALL ages. This funny photo is of her hubby pretending to be bitten by her latest Funky Friend Sammy the Shark!

It’s TOMATO SAUCE, not real blood!

SHARK ATTACK Pete and Shirl

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An early Christmas present for me – a fabulous toy pattern book!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogInspirations on 2014-12-07 07:53:48

Mariska Vos-BolmanI was very excited to see that my fellow soft toy designer, Mariska Vos-Bolman of D-I-Y Fluffies has had her own soft toy book published.

I have been an admirer of Mariska’s designs for many years so it was really exciting to see a collection of her critters available in a book.

Her book was first released as a PDF download e-book but I really wanted to get a copy signed by Mariska so I had to wait for the printed version of the book to be released…. AGONY!!!

Sew Cute To Cuddle Soft toy pattern book

Finally my book arrived in the post, and there was a lovely message from Mariska that made my day! Thanks Mariska!!!! 😀

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