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Hi, I'm Pauline.
I believe that toy-making should be
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so anyone can give it a go!

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A special Sew Box for Christmas – full of toy-making goodies!

Posted under BlogFFF News on 2020-11-12 11:17:22

I have something really FUN to share with you ~>

My fabulous friend (Kylie from the Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop) has put together a special Sew Box for Christmas.

Look! A Sew Box
full of toy-making goodies!



So what’s in this SEW BOX?

Kylie has stuffed this Sew Box full with everything you’ll need to sew a super cute soft toy for Christmas … and MORE supplies to use all year long!

When you open your SEW BOX you’ll find ~>

  • a sewing pattern for a Christmas Elf OR a Fairy,
  • some fun Christmas fabric,
  • and even a pair of rainbow unicorn scissors to snip your stash in style!
  • There’s also some hard-to-find quality craft eyes in a range of sizes and colours.
  • Plus there are cool toy-making tools like
  • rattles,
  • a point turner for tiny toy pieces
  • AND… doll needles.

CLICK HERE to view full detail
and order from the Voodoo Rabbit website


WHO is this SEW BOX for?

This SEW BOX will make a great gift for a sewing friend or a treat for YOU!!!! Each Sew Box includes a full KIT for a soft toy that will look great as a Christmas home accent or gift for Santa’s sack. Plus there are fun supplies to use on your next toy!

Sew Box Product Pic

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MAKER OF THE MONTH – wins a FREE Funky Friends Factory Pattern!

Posted under BlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2020-11-11 22:23:08

Check out these highlights from the visitor’s posts on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page!

First up we have Jackie Hillman with an armful of sloths! She enlarged the Slowpoke Sloth Pattern to 130 percent for the “mommy” sloth and made the “baby” at the normal size. I have a blog post about how to resize a pattern here if you want to try this yourself! πŸ™‚

Sloth pattern sewn in Shannons fabric


Caroline de Groote used the free unicorn add-on for the Calico Bear Pattern to make this magical bit of pastel keepsake perfection. It’s still magical for me to see pre-loved baby clothes turn into a super-cute keepsake toy!

Unicorn Keepsake Pattern Sewn by Caroline De Groote


Some MORE recycled baby clothes! Alana Simons made these cute memory toy foxes using the Fifi Fox PatternI’ve included her ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos for you to see the transformation! πŸ˜€

Fox sewing pattern sewn by AlanaSimons


Wow! Don’t you LOVE the 1980s throwback geometric fabric and bold colors on this version of the Puppy Pattern sewn by Debbie Arkwright?  She made this beautiful, bright Puppy Pete for a six year old’s birthday. I think this Puppy Pete would make a lot of adults happy, too! 

Puppy Pattern sewn by Debbie Arkwright

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NEW Gorilla toy pattern!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsNEW Softie Patterns on 2020-10-24 11:13:59

Yeehar! Finally, the time has come to release my NEW Gorilla toy pattern! I know I say that I fall in love with each new toy pattern I design BUT this little fellow has such a sweet face –

you just want to pick him up
and give him a cuddle!



Gregory has a sweet little gorilla with a cute smiley face and he will look good in all  sorts of colours and textures.

Just look at all these
lovely feedback photos!!!!


Is there a Gorilla Pattern tutorial?


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MAKER OF THE MONTH – win a FREE Funky Friends Factory Pattern!

Posted under BlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2020-10-12 19:31:25

We’ve had some AWESOME feedback photos this month. Check out these highlights from the visitors posts on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page. First up we have this AWESOME starry-blue version of the Ellie Elephant Pattern sewn by HeatherC!

I love the texture she’s add to the ears
with Shannon’s Dimple Cuddle! πŸ’›

Elephant Pattern sewn by Heather C


Next up we have another super cute version of the Tristan & Trixie Triceratops Dinosaur Pattern sewn by Gail McN.

(I love the comment she made!)

Triceratops Pattern sewn by Gai McN


Love this cute trio of Triceratops sewn by Adelle O. She enjoyed sewing the Triceratops Dinosaur Pattern so much ~~~>

she sewed THREE!

Triceratops Pattern sewn by Adele O.


How adorable is this version of my Bumble the BEE pattern! sewn by Sharon H???

Sharon says he just makes her smile!
Me too! 😁

Bumble Bee Pattern sewn by Sharon H


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Shannon Fabrics September National Sewing Month Giveaway!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2020-09-03 15:35:17

September is an important month for those of us in the sewing industry because it is National Sewing Month β€” a time when everyone who sews can celebrate their craft! I’m super excited to have been invited to contribute some of the prizes for Shannon Fabrics Ultimate National Sewing Month GIVEAWAY.

Shannon Fabrics Giveaway


This year is REALLY BIG for Shannon Fabrics because 2020 also marks their 25th anniversary of being in business! They are partnering with almost 20 of our trusted industry partners to create their biggest giveaway of all time.

and the Grand Prize is worth over

$2,500 MSRP!


Let’s just say you don’t want to miss this!


National Sewing Month Prize


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