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Free pattern for a Memory Bear to sew during lockdown!

Apr 2, 2020 | Blog, Competitions & Giveaways

I realized it’s been 4 weeks that I’ve been in isolation since I flew back from Brisbane last month…. and the world has completely changed since then in ways I could never have imagined! I think a lot of us are battling to come to grips with our new reality.

PIC: Calico bear sewn by Shirls Smith.


I’ve been battling a roller-coaster of emotions myself as the Covid-crisis has exploded around the world…. from disbelief to shock and horror and despair and depression, thinking of so many people dying and the ONLY thing you can do to help is try NOT to get infected yourself!?

What has really lifted MY spirits has been seeing the wonderful ways people are reaching out to others even when we can’t be together, finding ways to help each other stay positive AND busy while we all wait to see what happens…

I want to do my bit
to add some cheer and

Calico Bear has been one of my most popular patterns for making a Memory Bear and I thought this would be the most universally popular pattern…. so I am giving away my Calico Bear Pattern to anyone who wants to make a memory bear during this lock down so we can sew lovely keepsakes to keep us SANE!

A FREE memory bear pattern 2020


If you’ve ever wanted to
try making a memory bear ~
now is the time!

You can use my Calico bear pattern to make a memory bear for yourself, a family member, a friend or neighbour…. anyone you know who is in need of comfort during the lockdown. You can make the memory bear from items around the home – recycle old pillow cases and use the filling from old cushions or pillows. I checked at the local grocery store and they have sewing supplies!!!!!! So you can use a needle and thread to hand sew your memory bear even if you don’t have a sewing machine!


supermarket sewing suppplies


You can use the free memory bear pattern to sew with your children, to pass the time.

or as a reminder of this
crazy time!!!!


PIC: Memory bear sewn by D Wadle.



A memory bear would make a great gift for front-line workers as a thank you gift… or you could use the pattern to make a traditional signature bear and write the date you went into lock down and the date when you get to go back out again

Boy, that’s a day I know I’m going
to be excited about!!! 

A signature memory bear sewn by Sue Martins

PIC: signature bear sewn by Sue Martins.

How to get the free memory bear pattern?

It’s easy! Just click this link and enter your name and email address –






I hope you have fun making your memory bears and that it takes your mind off things for a little while! <3



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I’d LOVE to see how your Funky Friends toys turn out!

When you’ve made your memory bear – please come show it off ~>

Post a photo on my Funky Friends Factory Facebook page for me to see and YOU could win a FREE PATTERN!
Pauline McArthur
Till next time, happy sewing,



  1. claire Emery

    Been making Your patterns for ever!!! LOVE them
    Thanks you for all your patterns XX

    • Pauline

      Hi Claire! Thank you!!! 😀 The info is in a later blog post – use the Newer button to find it! 😀

  2. elssy

    Gracias por los patrones ,los disfrutare al máximo , Medellin-Colombia

  3. sandra

    Thank you for this pattern. I have several grand children that wil enjoy it this Christmas.

    • Debra rideout

      Hello I want to make some bear for xmas to give to children that may not have much

      • Pauline

        That’s such a lovely thing to do, Debra! 😀

  4. Dawna B.

    Thank you for your pattern. I lost my son in September due to an accident and I want to attempt to make this cute bear in honor of him. Thank you again. ❤️

    • Pauline

      Hey Dawna, That’s so sad…. sending love your way! xxx Pauline

  5. Sharon stewart

    My daughter has just died so will be really useful to make a bear for grandchildren thank you so much

    • Pauline

      Sharon , that’s so sad! Sending love your way!

  6. Linda Green

    How long does it take to get the pattern. I ordered it three days ago. Just wondering. The first one I submitted I had the wrong email address but submitted corrected one shortly after. Thank you

  7. Isabelle

    I can’t get the memory bear pattern link to work 😭

    • Pauline

      Hey Isabelle, I did this giveaway back in April 2020 and it is closed now. Please sign up to the FFF newsletter so you don’t miss out on any future giveaways! 😀

  8. Pauline

    Love your bear pattern


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