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Great news ~ 4 NEW Patterns for 2019!!!?!?

Posted underBlogNEW Softie Patterns on2019-06-20 09:04:38

I know people have been waiting for me to release these patterns… I’m really sorry, I had no intention of holding out on you, it’s just been a shocking 6 months for the Funky Friends this year BUT first I have some very BAD news…

I’d say this is probably the most damaging thing that’s happened to my business, and the most stressful experience for me personally, since I began my business almost 20 years ago. At the beginning of February I was made aware of a number of Keepsake Businesses in the UK that have been selling toy sewing patterns that look like mine. This isn’t something new, businesses have used my patterns commercially without my permission in the past – BUT this is the first time that it’s been my own customers! It’s been an unbelievably stressful roller-coaster ride which I could never have imagined. Not only have I had to hire a lawyer in the UK to defend my copyright to stop other people from using my intellectual property and destroying my livelihood – on top of this I have been harassed on Facebook and via Etsy by cyber bullies, thrown out of a keepsake makers group that I have been a part of for over 6 years, I’ve been accused of everything from being demanding and unreasonable, to threatening and monopolistic and I have been threatened with a defamation suit – all because I have been trying to stand up for myself and defend the last 20 years of hard work it’s taken to create an original business from scratch.

I am obviously considering my comments very carefully, even though I am entitled to comment on a dispute which I am involved in, this dispute has not yet gone to court and nothing has been ruled in my favour so I cannot say that my copyright has been infringed (or I COULD be sued for defamation) but I feel that as my loyal customers and followers you have a right to know what has been happening to me and my business and why I haven’t made my patterns available to you. I was told by the lawyers that being involved in legal proceedings is not like a sprint, it’s like a marathon and I am hopeful that we are approaching the final hurdle!

I want ALL of these Keepsake Businesses to have successful, thriving businesses – just NOT at my expense! I believe that common decency will prevail so that all of us can get on with our lives and that is why I am moving forward in good faith and releasing more patterns.

NOW for the 4
NEW Patterns!!!

First up is Oscar the Otter!

*** The OTTER Sewing Pattern is now available as an Instant Download PDF sewing pattern on the website!

 

Oscar is a cute little sea otter who loves swimming around on his back and foraging around for clams. He looks fabulous in natural browns and creams or in funky bright colours like this Tula Pink version sewn in Tula Pink Spirit Animal Otter and Chill Sunkiss fabric.

Otter toy pattern sewn in Tula Pink fabric

 

 

I have created photo tutorial for my new Otter Pattern. (As usual, there is a link in the ‘See-Me-Sew’ section of the pattern to take you right to the photo tutorial web page. *Please make sure you type the link correctly or you’ll get an error page ~ I never take the photo tutorials down!)

 

Otter toy pattern TUTORIAL

 

The finished otter toy is 43 cm (17 inches) long so he is a great size for hugging! The otter sewing pattern has got some small, fiddly pieces so I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner but I am sure that once you have sewn one otter ~ you’ll want to sew more.

 

Next up is Rascal the Raccoon!

*** The RACCOON  Sewing Pattern is now available as an Instant Download PDF sewing pattern on the website!

 

RACOON pattern PDF

 

Rascal Raccoon is a naughty little raccoon who loves raiding rubbish (trash) bins and stealing bird seed. Given half a chance he’ll steal your heart too! The finished raccoon toy is 52 cm (20½ inches) long so he is a nice cuddly size!

 

Raccoon sewing pattern tutorial

 

I have created photo tutorial for my new Raccoon Pattern. (As usual, there is a link in the ‘See-Me-Sew’ section of the pattern to take you right to the photo tutorial web page. *Please make sure you type the link correctly or you’ll get an error page ~ I never take the photo tutorials down!) Even though this is an advanced pattern (Rascal Raccoon has lots of pieces and a bit of a fiddly face mask) he is worth the time to make as he’s such a cutie!

 

Next up is the Giddy Goat Pattern!

*** The Goat Sewing Pattern is NOW available as an Instant Download PDF sewing pattern on the website!

 

GOAT toy pattern

When I was asked to design a goat pattern, I took my inspiration from the hysterically cute baby goat videos I saw online. I created two little baby goats (Giddy and Gus) with variations for short or long ears and an option to add on some little baby goat horns.

Baby goats are so adorable ~
I challenge you to make ONLY one goat! LOL

 

Giddy Goat pattern tutorial

 

I have created photo tutorial for my new Goat sewing pattern. (As usual, there is a link in the ‘See-Me-Sew’ section of the pattern to take you right to the photo tutorial web page. *Please make sure you type the link correctly or you’ll get an error page ~ I never take the photo tutorials down!)

 

 

AND last but not least…

A sneak peek of a NEW keepsake pattern I’m working on!!!!

 

 

 

When I designed my Calico Bear pattern 11 years ago I had no idea how he would become so popular. He has been used by thousands of people around the world to sew lovely keepsakes from baby clothes, school uniforms, wedding dresses, denim jeans, even fur coats!

Lots of home sewers like me have created Keepsake businesses and sew keepsakes from items of clothing for their customers. I am really proud of how I have been able to help other home sewers like myself make money from their sewing skills…. it’s been an amazing innings Calico!

 

BUT NOW there’s going to be a new Keepsake Kid on the block….

 

 

NEW Keepsake Bear Pattern

 

So what’s different about this Keepsake bear???

GOOD QUESTION…

 

 

BUT you’ll have wait and see!

I wonder which of the NEW patterns is YOUR favourite?


Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory. .

Bye for now

xxx

Pauline

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  1. Hi Pauline. Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am that some unscrupulous people took advantage of you the way that they did. But I am extremely happy that you went ahead and published your three newest patterns. I just finished downloading them and they all look absolutely adorable! The goat is too cute. I will have to make some pajamas for him as my daughter loves watching videos of pygmy goats in pajamas. The otter is my personal favorite and the raccoon is just too sweet with his smile and posture like he’s just waiting for a treat. Thanks for your creativity and your willingness to share with the rest of us.

    Comment by Sherri on June 20, 2019 at 2:28 pm

  2. Thanks for your lovely comments Sherri… I would love to see some pics of how your goats in pyjamas turn out!:)

    Comment by Pauline on July 25, 2019 at 9:25 pm

  3. Pauline-I’m so very sorry you’re having a bad time It’s hard to believe that there are people out there who have no conscience at all! I pray that you will win your case and the hard times stop for you so you can go on and produce your so very darn cute patterns that we all love! I ,for one, along with tons of your fans,will be praying all goes well for you! Hang in there Pauline, we ALL LOVE you and your adorable patterns! Judy Pa.USA

    Comment by Judy on June 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm

  4. Hey Judy thanks for your kind words, it means a lot to me that people care. 🙂

    Comment by Pauline on June 24, 2019 at 4:48 pm

  5. Pauline I love making your toys , my grandkids cann0t wait to see the next animal. We love the puppy and the bunny, Please don.t stop making them!!!!!!!!!! Thanks WE NEED ARE FUNKY Friends ! I have every one wanting to make them, thanks Jodie

    Comment by Jodie on June 21, 2019 at 6:38 pm

  6. Hi Jodie, Your joyful comment reminded me again that the few bad apples shouldn’t ruin this for all the lovely people who support me and this crazy thing I do! 😀 Thank you for putting a SMILE on my face!!!xxx Pauline

    Comment by Pauline on June 24, 2019 at 6:46 pm

  7. Hi I didn’t realize that you were having a problem I am so sorry!!! I was a bridal seamstress and finally got out of the business. There are a lot of good clients but a few can spoil it!!

    I love all of your patterns and have recommended you to others who also love to sew Take care Good luck Kathy

    Comment by Kathy Bulman on June 25, 2019 at 5:11 am

  8. Hi Kathy, Thank for your lovely comments. I have just been trying to deal with things on my own but it’s very stressful when your whole livelihood is a risk!I am trying hard not to let the few bad aples ruin everything for everyone else! 😀
    xxx
    Pauline

    Comment by Pauline on June 29, 2019 at 5:54 pm

  9. I love every one of your patterns and nearly have them all. I’m so excited for your new patterns. Especially can’t wait for your new bear. Love the sneak peak! If it wasn’t for you then I wouldn’t have a keepsake business. So thank you so much for your amazing work xxx

    Comment by Sarah on June 25, 2019 at 9:48 am

  10. Thanks a million Sarah! 🙂

    Comment by Pauline on July 6, 2019 at 2:20 am

  11. I just have to say these are the first stuffed animal patterns where I’ve actually stopped to look at their pattern. There is something very special and endearing about them. We’ll done and thank you.😚

    Comment by Beverley on July 5, 2019 at 6:13 pm

  12. Thank you Beverley! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on July 6, 2019 at 2:17 am

  13. Hi Pauline I also did not realise that you were experiencing some problems. I can’t wait to update to Level 3. I am not sure when I can do this. I so much am looking forward to being able to make the Kookaburra. I have even purchased the fabric. Your patterns are so good! They are easy to read and to follow. I have been so busy with family and with illness I have been out of action for a while and cannot wait to get back to the sewing machine. Hope all goes well for you Pauline.

    Comment by Helen Minto on July 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

  14. Thanks for your kind words Helen. I’m sorry you’ve been ill and unable to sew! We’ll have a chance for upgrading again at the end of September. Watch out for my emails – we’ll be having LOTS of fun stuff going on then! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on July 30, 2019 at 6:10 pm

  15. I just read your most recent email and wanted you to know how sorry I am that you are going through all of this pattern stealing business. It is truly a shame! You must know that there are supporters like me all over the world that are in your corner ❤️ We care about you and your lovely business and are sending you positive vibes that this is all settled soon. Hang in there and know that you are doing the right thing! PS. I LOVE the new goat pattern!
    Love Laurie

    Comment by Laurie on July 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm

  16. Thanks for your kind words, it’s so good to know I am not fighting this on my own! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on July 17, 2019 at 7:40 pm

  17. I LOVE them all!!!!

    Comment by Nadine on January 29, 2020 at 7:46 pm

  18. Thanks Nadine. 🙂

    Comment by Pauline on January 31, 2020 at 3:48 pm

  19. Pauline (This was my mothers name also), I help to make samples for a local quilt shop in Pennsylvania. Usually I do the applique quilts. One day we saw this adorable moose made out of Minky Fabrics. After some research, we found it was made using a Funky Friends pattern. We located your website and ordered several patterns for download (including the moose and puppy dog). My first challenge was Puppy Pete and I was hooked from there. Since then I’ve made the Moose, the Fox and the Bunny Rabbit. We enlarged the patterns by 45%. I also made Puppy Pete in original size and enlarged by 45%. We have taken your patterns and the samples we made to a quilt show earlier this year! The animal samples were a huge success! I was very surprised at the number of customers recognized the patterns as we had them hanging in the front of our booth. We sold out of patterns the first day of a four day show! Thank you for your patterns. They are very well written and easy to follow.

    Comment by Tammy Zehner on April 16, 2020 at 9:44 am

  20. Hey Tammy! Sounds like you are having fun sewing the Funky Friends! Thanks for taking them to your show too! 🙂 xxx Pauline

    Comment by Pauline on April 20, 2020 at 5:04 pm

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