Category Archives: Inspirations

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

Posted under BlogCompetitions & GiveawaysInspirations on 2020-08-16 08:49:29

We’ve had some AWESOME feedback photos this month. Check out these highlights from the visitor’s posts on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page.

So few soft toys get to visit the seashore 😁. What an exciting adventure for GB Bedford’s version of the Ozzie Octopus soft toy pattern

Octopus pattern sewn by GBBedford


Mary Stenger took her version of the Nate Narwhal toy pattern on a nautical holiday, too!

Narwhal Pattern sewn by MaryS


A couple of cool Igor Iguanas have gathered to sun themselves on the Facebook page. Jackie Hillman enlarged her version of the Igor Iguana pattern 150 percent to make it nearly life-size!

Iguana Pattern sewn by JackieH


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More FREE Memory Bear Pattern feedback from July 2020

Posted under BlogInspirationsTry these FREE PATTERNS on 2020-08-09 20:06:42

Here are some more lovely feedback photos I’ve received 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 MORE super cute keepsakes sewn during lockdown to inspire YOU! 


This is the first Calico bear, Carolyn Harperβ€Ž made for her daughter who graduated as a midwife, made from her uniform. She says, “There are a number of things which could be better but she loves him. He just needs her lanyard to finish him off. xxxx😍  Really enjoyed this and learnt some things on the way.”

FREE Memory Bear Pattern during lockdown sewn by Carolyn H



Such a cute pic from Sam Griffiths who says, “Here is a duo of Calico memory bears I recently made 🐻β™₯οΈπŸ’™βœ‚οΈ”



How cute is this version of Calico Bear sewn by Sarah Homewood?

My first Calico bear all done in time for my little boy’s
first birthday tomorrow πŸ‡πŸ₯°

Free-memory-bear-pattern sewn by Sara during lockdownarah-Homewood


Carol Manuela Patino says, “This is my first Calico bear full of love and tenderness, is the first of many my baby loves him and puts on the clothes we kept as a newborn. The next will be in baby clothes to be a Memory Bear.”

FREE Memory Bear Pattern during lockdown sewn by Carol Manuela Patino

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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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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! πŸ˜€ 

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Designers sewing masks and lifting spirits! :D

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsInspirations on 2020-03-29 12:18:13

My friend Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis is an Island Batik fabric designer and they, like so many quilters and stitchers, have been sewing fabric masks for local medical care providers.

*** If you are looking for a free mask pattern
to sew your own or donate to health care workers  –
  Adventurous Quilter has a FREE PDF pattern for sewing masks
on their Blog here!


The Adventurous Quilter FREE PDF mask pattern


With all the doom and gloom we’re being bombarded with on the news, it’s lovely to see the crafting community is helping relieve the mask shortages and keep spirits up!

So who are these
masked designers???


Designers sewing fabric masks


Click the links below to find out more about these lovely designers and the masks they’re making on their blogs here ~>>>

Masked Designers lineup:

Links to mask patterns and tutorials –

Beaquilter –
Canton Village Quilt Works –
Adventurous Quilter –

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