Category Archives: Charity

Don’t forget you can use the FREE Honey Teddy pattern for Christmas Charities….

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharity on 2011-12-20 22:08:55

It that time again when we are all MADLY SCRAMBLING around getting last minute Christmas gifts and scrumptious food to (over) indulge in during the Christmas festivities…and it’s easy to forget that there are lots of people out there who don’t have much to look forward to this Christmas.

So it’s wonderful for me to hear stories of people using my FREE teddy pattern for Children’s Christmas Charities…

Billion Bears FREE teddy bear pattern

Chris sent me these photos of some of the Honey teddy bears they have made for the Samaritan’s Purse this year – they are going to make some kiddies VERY happy this Christmas!

I want to post the link to the Billion Bears Charity Drive Page here, just in case people haven’t seen what Honey Teddy is all about….

and maybe get a few more teddy bears made in time for Christmas!

Hey! If  YOU know of any other Children’s Charities that could benefit from some Honey Teddies this Christmas, or any time of the year…

pleeeeeeeeez drop a comment below for others to see! Thank you!!!!!   : )

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory.

Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Thank you for helping the flood victims!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharity on 2011-01-12 12:00:42

I just wanted to say how wonderful it has been receiving all your emails of concern and to have such a wonderful response (from people as far away as Iowa in the US and Germany) to the newsletter email I sent out yesterday… regarding donating the proceeds of Baby-safe Bunny Patterns to the Disaster Relief Appeal for the Queensland flood victims.

When I was sending out the newsletter it had started raining but as the day went on it got progressively heavier and heavier… we had no idea just how bad it was until we turned on the TV and saw the horrifying images of houses and cars being swept away in minutes and heard the sad news that some people had lost their lives in flash flooding. I was doing a “Year of the rabbit” promotion and decided to use the Baby Bunny Patterns sales to raise some money as well. I felt it would be a way in which I could do more than just what I could give on my own.

If you are one of those who purchased a Bunny Pattern, THANK YOU for your contribution! : )

Luckily our house is on high ground. BUT the news is just shocking, I haven’t seen anything like this before and it ‘s devastating to watch. This is our driveway last week, and yesterday it overflowed!

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Billion Bears Charity Drive featured in Country Threads magazine.

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharity on 2010-09-22 12:00:31

The Billion Bears Charity Drive started as a simple way for me to ‘give something back’ for all the joy my toy-making has given me and so I have been amazed to see how many charities around the world have benefited from my simple Honey Teddy pattern…

I really have devoted hours and hours to my little business so it was an incredibly proud moment for me when Country Threads Magazine approached me to do an article about the Billion Bears Charity Drive, and wanted to include a profile about me and my Funky Friends Factory…

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Fair Trade toys from India

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharity on 2009-06-09 08:13:02

I am so excited about my latest project… these gorgeous Fair Trade Toys, I couldn’t wait for the first herd to arrive!

This is ‘Anu’,  the baby Indian Elephant toy that I designed for the Blue Mango Fair Trade organization in India. The first batch of Fair Trade toys have arrived and is now ready to go!

Here is how it all got started…

Tamar DeJong set up Blue Mango in 2001 as an income generating program to enable destitute women in the south of India to gain financial independence. The organization targets women who are disabled, abandoned and afflicted by disease or extreme poverty. The women work on treadle machines, and sell their products to boutiques within India as well as to Fair Trade Companies abroad.

Here’s what Tamar had to say…


We don’t accept charity for running costs, as our goal is to enable the women to move from dependence to independence, low self-esteem to self-empowerment.
We are a non-profit company because the money is recycled back to the women. The women are just trying to find a way out of terrible life situations. Their stitching quality is great and this is why we get good orders. I am a fabric artist myself, and expect top notch work from the women! In this way, the toy patterns are very much contributing towards uplifting these disadvantaged women in India.

When I read the stories of some of the Blue Mango ladies, I realized how much we take for granted as ‘liberated’ women living in Australia. You can read more about the daily lives of women in this region as well as the individual ladies’ stories on their website.

I am very proud to be involved with this project, it is really wonderful to be able to donate my time and patterns to be used for such an incredible programme and to give the ladies an outlet to sell their beautiful handiwork in Australia. You can now purchase these Fair Trade Toys directly from the Funky Friends Factory website.

Well, I hope you love these fair trade toys as much as I do!!!!

bye for now,

P.S. It was particularly special for me when Tamar emailed to say that the Bluemango ladies LOVE my Indian elephant design so much that they want to buy the toys for all their children! My own goal is to one day make a living doing something I love, and so it means a lot to me that they enjoy making my toys!


Funky Friends Factory ‘Billion Bears’ Charity Drive

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharityFFF News on 2007-10-03 08:26:13

I thought I’d better start with a little history on how this came about… then an explanation of how it all works!

I get so many requests for donations from charitable causes. Every request makes me feel terrible because I cannot help everyone I would like to.

teddy bear sewing pattern for charity

Lots of people think I am a large company but it is just me working from home, and they don’t realise that I cannot donate loads of cash or products because I am just an individual trying to earn a living  myself from my business!

Having said all that, I realised that there is a genuine need for something quick and simple (and cute!) to make for fund-raising charities…

so I decided to put on my thinking cap on to see what I could do to help!  : )

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