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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!

Here you will be able to keep up to date with the latest happenings at the 'factory'...

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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More fabulous FREE Unicorn Keepsake Pattern ADD-ON feedback! πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„

Posted under BlogTry these FREE PATTERNS on 2020-08-24 19:01:15

Here are some more lovely feedback photos and thank-you messages, in response to offering my Calico Bear Pattern and Unicorn Pattern Add-on,  for FREE, to anyone who wants to sew a memory bear or Keepsake unicorn during lockdown. 

Just so you know ~>

*** If YOU are still in lockdown – you can still get the Calico Bear Pattern for free to sew lovely keepsakes of your own  – a lockdown keepsake bear! Find out HOW to get the free memory bear pattern by clicking HERE. 

A FREE memory bear pattern 2020


* There has been a teeny bit of confusion so I thought I’d just explain
the Unicorn Keepsake Pattern is not a NEW “stand-alone” pattern – it is a pattern ADD-ON, like we did on a SEW ALONG last year turning Calico Bear into a bunny, this time were using the same Calico Bear pattern to make a unicorn. πŸ¦„


Keepsake Unicorn Tutorial


AND here are some super cute unicorns sewn during lockdown to inspire YOU! 

Clare Sneddon has used the free Unicorn Pattern ADD-ON to sew this super laid-back Unicorn!

She says, “This almost makes me want another baby. “lol”



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

Posted under BlogCompetitions & GiveawaysInspirations on 2020-08-16 08:49:29

We’ve had some AWESOME feedback photos this month. Check out these highlights from the visitor’s posts on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page.

So few soft toys get to visit the seashore 😁. What an exciting adventure for GB Bedford’s version of the Ozzie Octopus soft toy pattern

Octopus pattern sewn by GBBedford


Mary Stenger took her version of the Nate Narwhal toy pattern on a nautical holiday, too!

Narwhal Pattern sewn by MaryS


A couple of cool Igor Iguanas have gathered to sun themselves on the Facebook page. Jackie Hillman enlarged her version of the Igor Iguana pattern 150 percent to make it nearly life-size!

Iguana Pattern sewn by JackieH


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