Category Archives: Inspirations

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

for the first time!!!


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




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

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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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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