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Feb 27, 2023 | Blog, Customer Feedback

Ready to see some super special sewing?

Our Maker of the Month contest celebrates the finest in creativity from Funky Friends fans all year long BUT I KNOW how much you love seeing other people’s makes so I created a 2022 wrap-up post! Below you’ll find last year’s 12 winners collected in one place for easy viewing… make sure to scroll to the end to find out how you can enter our MAKER OF THE MONTH competition to WIN a free Funky Friends Factory Pattern of your choice! There’s a link to the finalists for each month below, too – so there are over 100 fabulous toys to enjoy!

Let’s look back at the 2022 winners…

January 2022

We kicked off 2022 with a cheerful, fluttering friend. Donna Simonton, sewed this beautiful Belinda Butterfly. The stripes, dots, and swirls on the fabric all came together in a bright, happy toy. 

To see ALL the January 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the Butterfly Sewing Pattern


February 2022

Snakes can be friendly, not just scary, as we sew with this delightful February winner. Lisa Stewart added a bow to the head of this Silly Scrap Snake and gave it to her granddaughter for her fourth birthday.

To see ALL the February 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:


Click HERE to purchase the Snake sewing pattern


March 2022

Some girly accessories took the March winner from great to glam.  Andrea Christensen sewed this pretty pink version of the Joey Junior Kangaroo Pattern in a tutu with extra-long eyelashes!

To see ALL the March 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:


Kangaroo sewing pattern sewn by AndreaChristensen2

Click HERE to purchase the Kangaroo pattern.

Joey Junior Kangaroo pattern


April 2022

Kids of all ages love Funky Friends, as shown in this beautiful photo from April 2022. Becki Suleski sewed Patch Cat for her granny!

To see ALL the April 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the Patch Cat Pattern.



May 2022

Isn’t this just the cutest little front yard visitor? Stephanie Hardy won the May Maker of the Month spot by sewing this sweet Sue Squirrel! She added her own sewn strawberry for a snack for Sue.

To see ALL the May 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the Squirrel pattern.

Squirrel Pattern


June 2022

Michelle Germain sewed this darling version of the Ben the BEGINNER Bear Pattern for a helpful co-worker. A sweet bear and a sweet gesture combined! This photo was the most popular post of the month in our Funky Friends Factory Patterns Fan Club on Facebook in June 2022, too!

To see ALL the June 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the BEGINNER Bear pattern.

Ben Beginner Bear Pattern Product


July 2022

It’s never too soon to start your Halloween projects when they turn out this cute! The July 2022 winner was Teri Wolff, who sewed this well-dressed trio of Whitney Witches for Halloweeen.

To see ALL the July 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the Witch Sewing pattern.

Witch Pattern


August 2022

Why monkey around when you need a great gift for a toddler? Mitch Monkey with his floppy limbs and tail is always a hit. Jonell Hart sewed this mischievous Mitch Monkey – and added a cute neck tie sewn using my free tie sewing pattern. Isn’t he ADORABLE? An adorable winner for August!

To see ALL the August 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE too buy the MONKEY pattern.

Monkey sewing pattern



September 2022

This September winner is pretty, pastel, and inspiring: Danni Manhire did one of my favourite things – she sewed a Funky Friend – JUST for herself!!!! I love the perfectly color-coordinated tummy pieces, too!

To see ALL the September 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the Seahorse pattern.


October 2022

This Ben the Beginner Bear was a huge hit in our Facebook group because it shows how you can easily personalize a toy without an embroidery machine…just use ready-made iron-on letter patches from a craft store! Lindsey Mortimer sewed this pretty, pink, and personalized version of the Ben the BEGINNER Bear pattern. She also used baby-safe felt eyes.

To see ALL the October 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the BEGINNER Bear pattern.

Ben Beginner Bear Pattern Product


November 2022

Wow, what a handsome wolf! Jaqueline Elliot sewed this Harry Potter version of the Winsome Wolf sewing pattern and won the November 2022 top spot.

To see ALL the November 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the Wolf pattern.

December 2022

And we ended the year with another Ben the Beginner Bear in the top spot. He was the top new pattern for 2022, so there were lots of Ben bears to review, but this sweet one stood out from the rest of the wonderful December entries. Carolyn Riha sewed this sweet flowery version of Ben the BEGINNER Bear pattern, and I think the blue nose really ties the whole project together.

To see ALL the December 2022 finalists, CLICK HERE:

Click HERE to purchase the BEGINNER Bear pattern.

Ben Beginner Bear Pattern Product

That’s a wrap on 2022!

For more examples of fabulous toys, check out the “finalists” featured in each individual Maker of the Month post here on the blog. Just hit the button to view older blog posts and you’ll happen upon them. The links are above under each month, too! 

Want to win a
FREE toy pattern?


It’s so EASY to enter the Pattern GIVEAWAY!


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ALL you need to do is post a photo of a FUNKY FRIENDS FACTORY toy that you have made on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page .

At the end of each month I draw a winner and post the winner’s name on the Blog the following MONTH. I have an Album on Facebook for all the MAKEROFTHEMONTH winners. You can check it out HERE!



NOT on Facebook? ENTER by email! 😀

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So come on! Share your photos  ~> The next winner could be YOU!!!

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Till next time,

Happy Sewing,


  1. Kathy Cuthbertson

    Well deserved winners. Congrats to all 💞

    • Pauline

      Thank Kathy!💞

  2. Paula Ashcroft

    Tika Tiger for the new pattern.

  3. Gina B

    Love all of these so much! That Kangaroo, oh my goodness! It is so adorable! I’m going to have to get that pattern and try adding a tutu to one of my other patterns I already have. All of these are amazing! It’s inspiring the ideas that other crafters come up with!

    • Pauline

      Hey Gina, it is wonderful how everyone’s toys turn out with their own special personality added in! 🙂 I bet your toys are just as adorable! 😀


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