These are some general questions that I get asked a lot…
Please use the link at the bottom of the page if your question is NOT on this page!
About Our Products:
How do I get my Pattern Downloads?
I have a photo tutorial on this page to show you how to download PDF patterns.
If you can’t download the pattern or it isn’t printing properly… don’t PANIC!
You will need to get the latest version of Adobe Reader….
It’s FREE and you can get it here – http://get.adobe.com/reader/
What are e-Pattern Downloads?
Which patterns are the easiest for children or beginners?
I have put together a list of which patterns I think are my EASY patterns! ! Every child, and beginner sewer, is different which makes it really difficult to say from what age the patterns are suitable. You will have some idea of your own or your child’s ability to make and sew toys (and their level of interest too). Younger child from 8 – 10 years old should be able to complete them with the assistance of an adult, whereas some older children and teenagers will be able to do most of them on their own.
I bought a pattern but I don't understand something, can I get some advice?
If you get stuck there are 3 things you can do RIGHT AWAY.
1. Please make sure you have read the instructions thoroughly – at least TWICE! I’m sure you’ve already done this, but please double check you haven’t skipped a step – it is very easy to do! : )
2. Check the Learn To Sew Toys page. I’ve written lots of toy-making hints, tips and sewing tricks to make & sew soft toys that should solve most problems you’re likely to encounter when making a softie. If you don’t see an answer there – there’s another option – >>>
3. Post your question in the Funky Friends Factory Pattern Fan Club Facebook Group. There are a lot of very friendly EXPERT and NEW sewers that would love to share their knowledge and toy-making experience, if you post a question there, it will also help other people who may have the same question, so it’s a nice way to help each other out.
Find out about the Pattern Fan Club HERE
What is your COPYRIGHT POLICY and can I make Funky Friends toys for sale?
Funky Friends Factory Copyright Policy: (Updated 2019) ®© 070630 Copyright Protection Services International. Copyright © 2019 Funky Friends Factory.
The Funky Friends Factory patterns, concepts and logo are protected by international copyright protection: It is acceptable to make these toys yourself for personal use and gifts or to sell in limited numbers if the toy is labeled/tagged ‘Made from a Funky Friends Factory pattern’. If you are selling the toys online – EACH online listing MUST state that the toy is made from a Funky Friends Factory Pattern. It is unacceptable to mass-produce the toys or to reproduce the patterns.
I have faith that you will respect the long hours and creativity that has gone into producing the Funky Friends Factory patterns.
COMMERCIAL USE: Can you sell toys you sew using the Funky Friends Factory Patterns?
If you want to sell the toys you sew using the Funky Friends Factory sewing patterns, I am happy for you to do this if you make them yourself from start to finish, and in limited numbers. I believe that, whether you sew them by hand or sewing machine, you’d hardly be able to call this mass-producing the toys! So you have my full permission to make the toys yourself, and sell them in limited numbers. All I would ask is that the toy is labelled or tagged with the following – ‘Made from a www.funkyfriendsfactory.com pattern’, and if you are selling the toys online – EACH online listing MUST state that the toy is made from a Funky Friends Factory Pattern. It is unacceptable to mass-produce the toys or to reproduce the patterns.
I think this is a win-win situation for both of us! – I am happy for you to make some money selling toys made from my patterns and as a ‘one-woman, home-based craft business’ it would really help me if you could help ‘spread the word’ about my pattern website in this way!
Thank you, in advance!
Placing an Order:
What methods of payment do you accept?
I can accept BOTH Paypal and Credit Cards.
Please note – I am in Australia. If you are in another country you may need to check with your bank that your credit card is set to allow international transactions.
What currency is used on the website?
The website is programmed to display prices in Australian dollars (AUD$) if you are in Australia. If you are located anywhere else in the world, prices will automatically default to be shown in United States dollars (US$).
How much do your products cost in my currency?
To find out what an item costs in YOUR currency I recommend using the currency conversions website that I use. I use it all the time so I have it saved in ‘my favourites’! Here is a link to the website: –http://www.xe.com/
Do you offer a discount for wholesale or bulk orders?
I don't like buying on the internet, do you have other places I can get paper patterns?
What is a coupon code and do I need one?
Where can I buy fleece online… and Minky and Fake Fur?
I get asked this type of question a LOT!!! Over the years I have found some fantastic online suppliers with gorgeous fabric, and I can happily recommend these to you as I don’t supply these fabrics myself! : ) I have put together a blog post of the best online stores I can recommend, for fleece as well as these other toy-making fabrics.
I have taken photos of my finished toys, where can I send it?
You can upload photos of your Funky Friends Factory toys on the Funky Friends Facebook page.
You can also come and hang out in the Funky Friends Factory Pattern Fan Club Facebook Group – an exclusive Group for Funky Friends Factory fans where you can also see what fabulous toys other people are making and join in with the competitions and other fun things we get up to there!