Category Archives: Charity

Free memory bear pattern feedback and another free pattern announcement!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharityCompetitions & GiveawaysFFF News on 2020-04-25 17:19:50

I have been inspired by the heartfelt messages I received in response to my offering my Calico Bear for FREE to anyone who wants to sew a memory bear during lockdown. Lots of people told me they are going to use the free memory bear pattern to sew lovely keepsakes with their “kiddos” and grand kids. Lots of people said they’d use the pattern to sew gifts for their local first-responders and front-line healthcare workers and sadly some people are making bereavement bears too. LOTS of people said they’d be making sewing toys for charity – like Dorothy who’s husband was lucky to have caught the virus and S-U-R-V-I-V-E-D!!!!!  🙂

Thank you so much for the free bear pattern. My husband was in hospital for 2 weeks and part of the time ICU. He was very sick from COVID 19. He survived and is home now with me and I am so thankful! Dorothy J Erwin

I know that sewing takes MY mind off the crisis so it’s been lovely to be able to share this pattern with the crafting community that has supported me over the years… I was so inspired by the emails I received, I’ve been working on another pattern hack for Calico Bear….

Can you guess what it is????

(There’s a clue in the baby clothes I’m using to make this keepsake…)

Unicorn Pattern Hack


AND because it’s not a whole new pattern – just a small adaptation of my existing Calico Bear Pattern – I am going to give you this Pattern Hack Pattern for FREE!!!!  🙂

Any guesses?

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TSL – Dolly Drive Australia

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharityFFF NewsInspirations on 2013-02-07 00:44:09

I have been invited by the lovely ladies of The Sewing Library to join their TSL Dolly Drive 2013. This fabulous community of doll makers are sewing dolls to donate to Children’s hospitals around Australia. They have reached ‘the 229 dolly mark’ and it made me proud to see their post saying

Queensland is leading the Dolly donations!”

THIS Dolly Drive has particular significance for me, having experienced first-hand the effects of the ex-cyclone Oswald that hit Queensland in January. My leaking ceiling and damaged car seem totally insignificant when so many people have lost their homes or loved ones.


I saw a video of a mother passing her baby to someone in a helicopter and the rescuer telling the mother, “I’ll be back, I’ll be back” as he air-lifted her baby from the flood-waters using a sports bag as a make-shift baby carrier!

So many Australian children have also been affected by bush fires and flooding with entire homes being destroyed in seconds!

Well, they say charity begins at home and this is my backyard!

So I have decided to give away my Bedtime Baby Doll Sewing Patternfor the Month of Feb 2013 … to anyone who wants to get involved with this worthy cause.





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Friday FRENZY Famous Celebrity FUN!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharityCompetitions & Giveaways on 2012-07-27 02:48:01

I’m settling back into the swing of things after having a lovely visit with my family and friends overseas. I’m obviously still a bit jetlagged because I only woke up at 10am and realised it was FRIDAY FRENZY time – yeeeehar!!!!

It was fabulous to see everyone again after soooooooooo long and it felt wonderful to ‘take up where we left off’ and it was comforting that everyone was ‘JUST THE SAME’- nothing’s changed!

Well, ONE person seems to have changed….

LOOK how tall
Nelson Mandela’s got???

Nelson Mandela - Johannesburg airport

Ha! Ha! Just kidding!!!!!

This is me posing with a  bead-work statue of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg airport, which has been made to commemorate his 94 birthday on the 18th of July.
I was sooooo excited to ‘see him’ eventhough it was only beads that I stopped a total stranger passing by to take this photo!!!! For this Friday Frenzy I thought we’d have a bit of fun with famous celebrities…..

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Having fun in India!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharityFFF News on 2012-02-17 07:34:15

My first couple of days at Blue Mango in India have been SUCH fun!

Sunset from my room - India

I have been designing with ‘Punju’ and ‘Surali’ (Panjavarham and Suraliyamma) who have been cutting and sewing the toy designs as I tweek the patterns. It is incredible that we are steaming ahead at such a rate as Surali is deaf , Punju knows sign language and bit of English, and I know about 3 words in Tamil!!!!

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Getting excited – one month till visit the Blue Mango India Fair Trade Organization!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharity on 2012-01-11 11:41:04

It’s been a long time since I designed Anu the Elephant, my first Fair Trade toy pattern for Blue Mango India. It was back in 2009, so we are all feeling…

fair trade toy India

it’s time for some new designs!

AND so guess who’s been invited to go and do the deed????



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