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NEW Keepsake Bear Pattern for you to sew lovely keepsakes with! πŸ’—πŸ§ΈπŸ’—

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsUncategorized on 2020-07-30 12:11:34

Yeehar! Finally, the time has come to release my NEW Keep Me KEEPSAKE BEAR pattern BUT first, I want to apologise to those of you who have been waiting so long, I think you’ll understand once I explain why.

I haven’t been keeping you
waiting for nothing.

I have been through what can only be described as a personal hell since February 2019, both mentally and physically. You may already know that I have been involved in a copyright dispute with one of my customers but now that the dispute has been settled in my favour, and the settlement money has cleared in my account – I feel it’s important that I let everyone know what has happened and how devastating it has been for me to have to defend my life’s work like this and hopefully I can have some closure and move on with my life! The settlement payment will cover my legal costs (I have paid over $20,000 in legal fees!) and also compensate for lost income from lost sales due to reduced web traffic BUT it will NEVER compensate me for the personal toll this has taken on me and my family – which has been so devastating that I feel I have literally lost 18 months of my life dealing with this. My health has been affected to the point I’ve needed medication. I have been put on anti-depressants because I was in such a bad way mentally, at the end of last year, that at times I was crying uncontrollably and unable to concentrate on work and unable to sleep through the night, waking up from grinding my teeth and disturbing my husband (as I was apparently thrashing around so much). I’ve spent over 20 years of hard work developing my sewing patterns and my business and it’s a real body-blow when others copy my sewing patterns.

This matter, which I consider involved one of my customers blatantly copying one of my sewing patterns, has been legally settled and I can’t even begin to explain how incredible it feels to say it’s finally O-V-E-R!


It’s a HUGE relief knowing I can rely on my copyright to protect my patterns and my business

The sad thing is that this situation is not unique to ME and the Funky Friends Factory sewing patterns… In writing this blog post I want to give hope to other pattern designers and members of the crafting community who have had their work copied.


I want you to know that when someone copies your original work you don’t just have to “accept it” – something CAN be done! 


Although I am a great believer in the concept that “everything happens for a reason” – I still haven’t figured out why I had to go through an experience as stressful as this legal dispute. I guess one positive is that the delay has given me time to tweak my Keepsake Bear Pattern ~ and BOY did I tweak!


Here’s me with the final Keepsake Bear – Prototype No.10  – which is why we decided to score him 10/10!!!!

Keepsake Bear Pattern finished


Let’s get back to the HAPPY NEWS  –

It’s time to introduce the latest Funky Friends Factory pattern!


Meet the new Keep Me KEEPSAKE Bear Pattern


This baby-faced teddy bear was specifically designed for sewing keepsakes. With an adorable heart-shaped nose, cute upturned muzzle, arms and legs sewn into seams (for easy construction), large flat spaces for embroidery or HTV (heat transfer vinyl) letters….. and a chubby little bottom for extra β€œhugginess” –  this is a perfect pattern for you to sew lovely keepsakes with!

How many items of baby clothes do you need for a baby bear keepsake?

I used about 8 – 10 pieces of baby clothing to make each baby keepsake. The Keep Me Keepsake Bear Pattern has a large flat TUMMY PIECE which is great for embroidery and there is enough space on the ARMS and the FOOT PADS to add birth dates and details – so this is also a great bear pattern for embroidery or HTV (heat transfer vinyl) lettering.

*** For the embroiderers out there – you can fit a 4inch/10cm square embroidery design on the TUMMY, ARM, BACK and PAW PAD PIECES.  ***

The Keepsake Bear is not just for baby keepsakes, it can be used for a bereavement bear too. You can use most fabrics for the Keepsake Bear. One of the testers used some lovely soft Luxe Cuddle from Shannon Fabrics to create plain fluffy bears which were just as cute (if not cuter?) than anything I have seen in a store!!!!

Look at all these lovely feedback photos!!!!


Is there a Keepsake Bear Pattern tutorial?

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

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCompetitions & GiveawaysFFF News on 2020-07-27 14:46:08

I’ve been getting such wonderful 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’re still in lockdown – you can still get the Calico Bear Pattern for free to sew your own Lockdown Keepsake Bear AND Unicorn too! Read the blog post here to find out HOW to get the free memory bear pattern. *


* 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! 

First up is Katie Marie who has been using the free Unicorn Pattern ADD-ON to sew lovely keepsakes from baby clothes!

Isn’t this adorable???

Free unicorn keepsake pattern sewn by Katie Marie

 And another cute keepsake unicorn sewn from baby clothes!

“I had lots of fun making the unicorn for a little girls birthday. Thank you so much for the free keepsake pattern!” ~ LaraH.

Unicorn Keepsake pattern sewn by Lara H


Cath used the free Unicorn Pattern ADD-ON to teach a child to sew!

“My best friend’s daughter wanted to learn how to sew, so we did the unicorn keepsake. We had a great time making her… Kind regards Cath”

FREE Unicorn Keepsake Pattern sewn by Cathy Horrocks


Jenny Fisher sewed this gorgeous UNICORN Keepsake for her grand daughter…

~from her favourite pyjamas! πŸ’—



And last BUT not least…


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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!πŸ¦„

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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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!!!!!  πŸ™‚

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!!!!  πŸ™‚

Any guesses?

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