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Me & My Funky Friend: #Funky5000 Competition EARLY Entries!

Jun 19, 2022 | Blog, Competitions & Giveaways

Last month our Funky Friends Factory Patterns Fan Club on Facebook topped 5,000 members, so I decided to celebrate by giving away a $50 gift voucher to one of our Funky fans. You still have time to enter – CLICK HERE for the competition details and how to enter. Deadline is July 7, 2022.

I asked our group members to submit a pic of a Funky Friend featuring the maker, a gift recipient, or a pet. So we’ve got fun pics of adults, kids, dogs and cats!

First, Let’s Meet Some Makers…


First up we have Monique Methót who sews LOTS colorful versions of William Whale in fun fabrics. Here she is holding the first William Whale.

Whale sewing pattern sewn by MoniqueMethot

Click HERE to purchase the Whale pattern.



I love this photo of Monika Groh and her Gertrude Guinea Pig. Monika made a slightly smaller sister for Gertrude and gave her a fabulous name: Irmgard.


Click HERE to purchase the Guinea Pig pattern.



You may recognize Alice Berntson’s Patch Pussycat from our Father’s Day tie project post. Alice named her tie toy “Tie-ger” and I think that’s so cute!

Patch Pussy Cat sewing pattern sewn by AliceB

Click HERE to purchase the Patch Cat Pattern.



It’s great to see Kathryn Harvey’s smiling face in this pic of her holding her Poppy Puppy.

Poppy puppy dog pattern sewn by kathrynharvey

Click HERE to purchase the Poppy PUPPY Pattern.

Poppy PUPPY Sewing Pattern



Gail McKnight Anderson of Gail’s Little Sewing Room makes tons of Funky Friends. Here’s Gail with a recent school keepsake version of Melody Memory Bear.

Melody Memory Bear pattern sewn by keepsake maker - gail mcknight anderson

Click HERE to purchase the Melody Memory Bear Pattern.



Let’s Meet Some Pets and Their Pals…

Tiny dog Anabelle has posed in several posts in the Fan Club, and I think this collaboration with her Lucky Labrador toy is one of her best! Toy sewn by Monika Groh.

Labrador sewing pattern sewn-by-moinkagroh

Click HERE to purchase the Labrador pattern.


I know that kids love super-sized Funky Friends – I didn’t think CATS would too! Mary Julian Johnson posted this 200% version of Ellie Elephant with a feline friend.

Ellie Elephant sewing pattern sewn by Mary Julian Johnson

Click HERE to purchase the Elephant pattern.


HOW TO re-size a toy pattern:

For a tutorial on enlarging or reducing a pattern, go here:
HOW TO re-size a toy pattern!

HOW to resize a pattern


Honey Teddy is providing snuggles to Cathy Moss’ cat in this sweet photo. 


Honey free-teddy-bear pattern sewn-by-cathy-moss


Andrea Peters included this caption with her pet photo: “Macy [the dog] approves of Melody Bear.” Macy, I’m sure Melody Memory Bear approves of you, too!

Click HERE to purchase the Melody Memory Bear Pattern.



Once upon a time, there was a dog named Lola who lived by the beach. Lola loved seagulls. Sadly, Lola and her feathered friends were destined to live apart. One day, Lola’s human mom made her a Funky Friends Factory Sandy Seagull of her very own. Lola was so happy…and so were the real seagulls! Everyone lived happily ever after. Toy sewn by Mary Elizabeth.

Click HERE to purchase the Seagull Pattern.



Here’s another possessive pup who loves a cuddle. Kathi Siebern Hummell reports that Jynx the dog loves her Unix Unicorn.

Click HERE to purchase the Horse Pattern



Here are some smiling kiddos!

Melody Memory Bear is popular with all ages. This baby looks shocked to meet Melody, but I’m sure they became good friends. Gail McKnight Anderson sewed this Melody and the toy in the next photo, too! 

Click HERE to purchase the Melody Memory Bear Pattern.



This little girl loves her new keepsake version of Melody Memory Bear. What a darling photo!

Click HERE to purchase the Melody Memory Bear Pattern.



Judy Harding’s version of Igor Iguana and Puppy Pete brought out the smiles in these two kids!  

Click HERE to purchase the Iguana Sewing pattern.

 AND…. don’t forget Puppy Pete!

Click HERE to purchase the Puppy Dog pattern.


Caroline Moyer made a Ben the Beginner Bear for this little boy. Looks like he loves Ben! 

Click HERE to purchase the BEGINNER Bear pattern.

Ben Beginner Bear Pattern Product



Wendy Moose sewed a cheerful pair of yellow Easter Bunny Buddies for these two cuties!

Click HERE to purchase the Easter Bunny sewing pattern.



Nate the Narwhal looks perfectly cozy sewn in purple Cuddle™️ fabric by Kelsey Sterkel

Click HERE to purchase the Narwhal pattern.

Narwhal Pattern



Kara Dover made a Digger Dachshund for these kids to help with the loss of a family pet.

Click HERE to purchase the Dachshund pattern.



Ready for a Really F-U-N-K-Y “family photo”?

These kids and their Funky Friends take up a whole sofa! This massive menagerie was sewn by Courtney Schreiner of Monkey in the Mailbox. 


There’s STILL time for you to enter – here’s how!

All you have to do to enter is submit a photo of a person or pet with a Funky Friend and tag it #Funky5000. You can submit more than one photo, and it’s fine to post a pic we’ve seen before. CLICK HERE for the full contest details!

Will your photo be used in a blog post like this one?

IMPORTANT NOTE: please remember that all members of the Funky Friends Factory Patterns Fan Club must click “agree” on the photo use policy on the Facebook JOIN page in order to be admitted into the group.  

What’s the photo use policy?

Here’s the info – in case it’s been a while since you joined the group:

Since every photo posted in the group is considered for Maker of the Month, all photos posted in the group are eligible to be posted online or shared in social media by Funky Friends Factory. Please don’t post a photo in the group unless you’re OK with it possibly being used in a Maker of the Month post, or in this case, a #Funky5000 post. If you are not on Facebook, or want to enter the #Funky5000 contest privately, you can send me your photos by email – please add a note that you want to enter in private.


The #Funky5000 winner will be chosen by random draw, so everyone has an equal chance to win.


Want to enter to win a
FREE toy pattern every month?


It’s so EASY to enter the Maker of the Month Pattern GIVEAWAY!


Facebook badge - Pauline McArthur

ALL you need to do is post a photo of a FUNKY FRIENDS FACTORY toy that you have made on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page .

At the end of each month I draw a winner and post the winner’s name on the Blog the following MONTH. I have an Album on Facebook for all the MAKEROFTHEMONTH winners. You can check it out HERE!



NOT on Facebook? ENTER by email! 😀

*** You can send me your photos by email too!

So come on! Share your photos  ~> The next winner could be YOU!!!

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory.
Till next time,

Happy Sewing,


  1. Sandra Dailor

    I love, love, love all the adorable pictures in this newsletter. They made my heart sing!

    • Pauline

      Thanks for your lovely comment Sandra – they also make me very happy! 😀


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