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Hi, I'm Pauline.
I believe that toy-making should be
SIMPLE and FUN for everyone ~
so anyone can give it a go!

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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…


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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Here she is – my new toy pattern – Sue the SQUIRREL!

Posted under BlogNEW Softie Patterns on 2017-10-11 08:17:48

Finally, my new Squirrel sewing pattern is ready! I am SO sorry for the delay… my computer processor died while I was at the Brisbane Show last week so a new pattern launch was IMPOSSIBLE… BUT it’s fixed now and I’m verrrrrrrrrry excited to show you my NEW toy pattern!

Meet Sue the

Squirrel Toy Pattern

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For my birthday, I climbed a mountain and tickled a wombat!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2017-09-08 05:11:43

It’s been so hot in Brisbane this winter that we planned a holiday somewhere cool for my birthday this year – Tasmania! As a toy-designer, I was excited to see some of the unusual animals that exist ONLY on this Australian island. BUT first, about that mountain… it was Cradle Mountain and I climbed up far enough to wander around in the snow! Look how proud I was of my rather UNFIT self! 😀

Pauline McArthur climbing Cradle Mountain

On the way back from our hike we saw a bunch of tourist stopping to photographing something on the side of the road. It was a rather chilled-out WOMBAT munching away on the grass verge, totally unaware of the gawking,happy-snapping tourists! It’s one thing to design a toy pattern looking at photos of animals on Google BUT it’s way better to be able to actually SEE the animal in real life. So imagine how excited I was to see a real live wombat!

Wow, a wombat in the WILD!!!

Pauline McArthur - Wombat in the wild


I really wanted see the Tasmanian Devil so we stopped in at a wildlife park. I have to say I was a little dissapointed that it looked nothing like Taz from the Warner Bro’s Looney Tunes cartoons from my childhood!


Tasmanian Devils are still one of the weirdest animals I’ve seen. To me, they are a mixture between a wild cat and a little dog  BUT I don’t think you’d want to get ‘up close and personal’ with them as they have a mouth full of sharp teeth that they like to show off with a big yawn. I have been asked to make a toy pattern for a Tassie Devil in the past but I don’t know if people would like to sew a Tassie Devil that looked like a cartoon Devil or a real-life Devil…. I’m not sure?

Tasmanian Devil


AND one MORE really exciting thing for me was to go to the Thylacine Museum. I was fascinated by the Thylacine which is the latin name for the officially extinct TASMANIAN TIGER! Some people believe the Tassie Tiger may still be alive, hiding in the impenetrable bush! The last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity died at Hobart Zoo in 1936 but every now and then someone claims to have a sighting of this extinct animal and funny enough, just this week there was this report of a thylacine sighting last November – 2016! WOW!

Tasmanian Tiger

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See me sew my Giraffe Toy Pattern.

Posted under BlogToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on 2017-08-18 08:06:14

I have been reworking my older patterns so they are in my new fresh format which includes a step-by-step photo tutorial. Now my Raff Giraffe Sewing Pattern photo tutorial is ready to go! :)



The FULL PATTERN IS NOT included here.


I have made this photo tutorial so people who have purchased my Giraffe Sewing Pattern can SEE how to sew a dachshund toy! (I wanted to explain this so you are not disappointed if you have found this page via a search engine and not from the link in my Giraffe Sewing Pattern.


We start with the MANE:


Cut the tassels of the MANE PIECES as shown on the pattern markings (about 5mm/¼inch in thickness.)


TIP: I drew a chalk line on the felt so I could keep all the tassels the same length.


Pin the MANE PIECES to one of the BODY PIECES at the neck, as indicated on the pattern pieces.




Pin the other BODY PIECE to the first BODY PIECE with the MANE in between. With the MANE PIECES in place, sew the BODY PIECES together from F – L, remembering to leave a gap open for stuffing later.


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