Category Archives: Inspirations

Soft Toys sewn in batik fabric range ~ City Culture 2 by Bella Nonna for Island Batik!

Posted under BlogInspirations on 2018-04-30 23:32:31

I love the funky ‘textures’ of the City Culture 2 batik fabric range designed by Bella Nonna for Island Batik!

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Jayme Crow and her daughter Megan are the fabric designers behind Bella Nonna and they live in Washington USA.

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This colourful fabric range would look amazing made up in most of my toy patterns…. BUT look how cute Ozzie Octopus, Larry Lion, Stu Sea Turtle , Alice Alpaca, and Ellie Elephant turned out!!!

Funky Friends sewn by CalicoJoan
 

 

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It’s time for our TOY CLUB again!!!

Posted under BlogFFF NewsInspirationsOther crafty stuff I love! on 2018-04-29 11:59:35

I have been invited to join in with Toy Club 2018 which is a funky Toy Sewing Club being run by my fabulous friend Kylie from the Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop. I am so excited because I get to hangout with her and play with all the fabulous fabrics she has in her really cool fabric shop while we make up the TOY KITS for the Club!

Look how cute the toys look

in the fabrics

from Voodoo Rabbit Fabrics!!!

Toys for Toy Club 2018

So what is Toy Club?

It’s a Subscription Sewing Club for people who LOVE to sew Funky Friends Factory Soft Toys in SUPER-COOL fabrics! Over six months you will get 6 Toy Kits made up with Funky Friends Factory toy  patterns combined with awesome fabrics and necessary notions from Voodoo Rabbit Fabric – it’s a match made in toy-making heaven!

How does Toy Club work?

This year we’ve decided to spice things up EVEN MORE because a lot of you have a LOT of my patterns already (Thank you!) and we want you to have the option to get some totally NEW Toy Kits!

First up, you get to choose 3 of these 8 existing KITS that we have already prepared…

 

 ALL toy KIT choices

Why ONLY 3 you ask?

Well, this is the exciting bit – you will also receive 3 ‘surprise’ KITS!!! These kits will have brand NEW (never before released) Funky Friends Factory Patterns…. that’s right…. 3 totally NEW, NEVER BEFORE RELEASED toy patterns – pretty cool huh?!

You get 6 Toy Kits over 6 months

Once a month, for 6 months you will get a Toy Kit. These Kits will be the 3 you selected plus 3 brand NEW ones. ALL 6 Toy Kits will come with the Pattern and all the fabrics and notions you will need to complete the toy which will be posted out from the ultra-cool Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop.

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Maybe you’re curious why I’m going BIG this year?

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsInspirationsOther crafty stuff I love! on 2018-01-28 22:27:06

I want to get a little bit serious (just for a change!) because I want to let you in on the reason behind this big thing I’m working on.

You might not believe it
but it’s taken a long time for me
to become comfortable telling people that I design soft toys for a living!



I trained as an optometrist and in comparison, sewing toys seemed a rather silly (even childish?) thing to do for a job! Often I think that there are so many awful things happening around the world, how can designing fluffy toys be a worthwhile thing to spend your whole life doing?

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BUT over the years, having people tell me how much my toy patterns have meant to them… has meant so much to me!

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Have you joined the Free MONSTER SEW ALONG?

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsInspirationsOther crafty stuff I love!Toy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on 2018-01-24 11:37:23

I was only going to tell my newsletter subscribers about this HUGE, BIG, exciting project that I am working on because I was a little nervous about how it was going to be received. My newsletter subscribers are my biggest fans – they’re always keen to hear from me, they love it when I release a new pattern and I think they generally (genuinely?) love what I do. So  THEY would be the most forgiving audience, which is very important when you’re trying

Online LIVE VIDEO CALLS
for the first time!!!

 

It seems… they are LOVING the LIVE CALLS… and I am having such fun!

 

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So I want to let you know – there’s still time for yout come join us! As a grand kick-off celebration for the Sew Many Funky Friends Club… I’ll tell you more about that later, I’m hosting a

FREE online
MONSTER SEW-ALONG!

The sew-along centred around my easy monster sewing pattern – The Mix & Match Monsters pattern. It’s a quick, SIMPLE toy sewing pattern so you can ALL come and sew with me! AND guess what – if you come and join in for the MONSTER SEW-ALONG you will get the pattern for free!


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Sue Daley Bitter Sweet BLOG HOP

Posted under BlogInspirations on 2016-09-04 06:00:58

I am so excited to be invited to be a part of Sue Daley’s Bittersweet Blog hop! With so many gorgeous fabrics in the Bittersweet Fabric Range it was really hard to choose which ones to transform into Funky Friends soft toys…


Sue Daley fabric Bittersweet
 

Here you can see I have used one of the geometric prints for Randy Rhino Pattern.

I love how the pattern shows off his funky shape!

 

Bittersweet-Fabric-SueDaley-Riley Blake-rhino-pattern

 

For my Heather Hippo Pattern I used one of the more-floraly prints (Technical term, NOT!!!) and added the geometric print for the highlights. I was a bit nervous doing this but they look awesome together!!!

 

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Bittersweet Blog Hop SCHEDULE~>

This is only one stop on the Bittersweet Blog hop, as you may know! Click the links in the schedule below to check out the earlier posts and follow along to see what other fabulous things people have been making with Bittersweet fabric!

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