Category Archives: Competitions & Giveaways

Free Memory Bear Pattern feedback – June 2020

Posted under BlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2020-06-26 22:12:41

I’ve been getting such wonderful feedback messages in response to offering my Calico Bear Pattern for FREE to anyone who wants to sew a memory bear 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


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

I loved making this, my granddaughters love him, it has been a long time since I made a teddy like this. Thank you for the pattern. Carol Warner.

FREE Memory Bear Pattern during lockdown sewn by Carol Warner‎


Thought I would show you a couple of bears that I am making for grandchildren to help them with lockdown. (Only 1 more to finish now). X Donna Canavan

Free memory bear during lockdown sewn by donnaC


My first attempt at the Calico Signature bear as well as using coral fleece. I have made this bear for our next little one expected in September. I enjoyed using this pattern and once I got the hang of the fleece it was easy! It makes the bear warm and super snuggly. Many thanks for the wonderful patterns, they are simply easy to use and they always turn out wonderful! Jemima Brady❤️ 

FREE Memory Bear pattern sewn by Jemima Brady


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Win a FREE toy pattern from Funky Friends Factory!

Posted under BlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2020-06-15 07:53:47

Want to win a FREE toy pattern?

Here’s HOW!!!

I really LOVE to see how people’s Funky Friends turn out and the Funky Friends Factory Facebook page is a great place for people to get ideas for different fabric choices for their soft toys, dolls and bears.


One FREEZING cold, wet, miserable Monday I saw THIS incredibly cute version of my Randy Rhino Toy Sewing Pattern in a tutu, made by Jessie! It just lifted my spirits and gave me an idea for a monthly Pattern Giveaway – on Facebook >>>

Hippo toy sewing pattern web

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

Posted under BlogCompetitions & GiveawaysFFF NewsInspirations on 2020-06-12 20:37:52

WOW!!!! There were sooooooo many AWESOME entries for May 2020 Maker of the Month!

First up we have Karen Ekman’s version of the Digger Dachshund Pattern are a lovely mix of colour-co-ordinated fabrics.

Dachshund sewing pattern sewn by KarinEkman


And HOW SWEET is this adorable version of the Gertrude Guinea Pig pattern sewn by Karen Sexton? She was very proud as it was her first handmade softie!!!

Guinea Pig sewing pattern sewn by KarenSexton


Mel Neru made this memory toy version of the Prince Charming Frog Pattern from her father’s shirts. She’s going to take it on her future adventures.

Frog Pattern sewn by Mel Neru


Belinda Sherwood’s toddler was delighted with this stripey rainbow version of the Horsey Horse Sewing Pattern.

Horse Pattern sewn by Belinda Sherwood


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FREE Unicorn Keepsake Pattern to sew in Lockdown!🦄

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCompetitions & GiveawaysFFF NewsNEW Softie Patterns on 2020-05-22 13:51:45

The FREE Unicorn Keepsake Pattern ADD-ON for my Calico Bear is ready!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!! 😁

I’m sorry it’s taken ages –
I’ve been
a bit sick…




Turns out I’ve got a severe sinusitis – not covid, THANK GOODNESS!

It’s just been hard to get stuff done when it feels like my head’s on fire! BUT I’m really excited to share this memory bear pattern ADD-ON with you, so you can sew lovely keepsakes, while we’re in lockdown!

I’m LOVING how she turned out!!!!

FREE Calico UNICORN Keepsake Pattern ADD-ON

HOW do you get the UNICORN Keepsake Pattern ADD-ON for FREE?

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MAKER OF THE MONTH – playing catch up!!!! :D

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCompetitions & GiveawaysInspirations on 2020-05-06 17:38:33

I got a bit behind choosing our MAKER of the MONTH during the Covid Crisis! So many gorgeous feedback photos are being posted on my Facebook page – it’s becoming harder and harder to choose my favorite for the Funky Friends Factory MAKER OF THE MONTH!

Lets catch up with our
latest winners!

Our 1st winner…

Maaike Pouwels helped her daughters sew lovely keepsakes as a distraction – to take their minds off things during lockdown. LOOK how happy they are with their versions of the Ellie ELEPHANT Sewing Pattern and Patch Pussy CAT Sewing Pattern! 😀 

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