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

Sep 26, 2022 | Blog, Competitions & Giveaways

This month’s selection of Maker of the Month finalists includes cute cows, great iguanas, and beautiful bears — plus keepsakes of all sorts. Be sure to read to the end to see who won the Maker of the Month prize.

Take a look…

What a sweet Slowpoke Sloth by Kathleen Ziff. And it was her first Funky Friends Factory pattern, too!

Sloth sewing pattern

Click HERE to purchase the Sloth pattern.



And here’s Jennifer Matias Dufner’s first Funky Friend, a vibrant batik version of the Igor Iguana pattern.

Iguana sewing pattern sewn in batik fabric


I love seeing unusual keepsake toys, and this Igor Iguana by Kaelyn Irene Goldberg is a perfect marriage of fabric and pattern. Katelyn used two toddler dresses for this tropical treat.

Click HERE to purchase the Iguana Sewing pattern.



Patty the Cow is resting in a grassy field in this lovely photo by Nicole Degraw.


The keepsake Patty the Cow sewn by Donna Gasparetto Kirk was a long time in the making! Read her caption for the story.

Click HERE to purchase the Cow pattern.



Ruby Almond made Kelsey Keepsake Unicorn as a zebra to commemorate her time spent on a wildlife preserve.


Unicorns and rainbows are a perfect pairing. Rebecca Karstad used Luxe Cuddle by Shannon Fabrics for this striking Kelsey Keepsake Unicorn.

Click HERE to purchase the Keepsake Unicorn pattern.



Gregory Gorilla looks like he’s wearing a little knitted suit thanks to the fabric layout in this toy sewn by Jennifer Churcher.

Click HERE to purchase the Gorilla pattern.

Gorilla Sewing Pattern



What an absolutely sweet Lamkins Lamb sewn by Debbie Arkwright!

Click HERE to purchase the Lamkins Lamb pattern.


This Mango Meerkat sewn by Debi Craig has his own tiny mask because he is made from quilted together mask fabrics. That’s definitely an unusual and clever upcycle.

Click HERE to purchase the Meerkat pattern.




Jo Ann Carroll‘s version of the Sue Squirrel pattern is holding a tiny bouquet of flowers in this girly version sewn from Shannon Fabrics.

Click HERE to purchase the Squirrel pattern.

Squirrel Pattern



Most people make Patch Pussycat in bright patchwork colors, but his pattern pieces lend themselves to natural Calico colorings, too, as you can see in this pet memorial sewn by Julie Dennis.

Click HERE to purchase the Patch Cat Pattern.



What a lucky dog! Natalie Booysen made this Raff Giraffe just for dog cuddles. (I don’t think MY dogs would pose so patiently!!!) 

Click HERE to purchase the Giraffe pattern.


Floral and fancy, I love this Gertrude Guinea Pig sewn by Marlene Johnston.

Click HERE to purchase the Guinea Pig pattern.


You don’t need traditional peacock I feather print fabrics to make a showy Punju Peacock, as you can see in this brightly colored flock sewn by Christine Stock.

Click HERE to purchase the Peacock pattern.


Here’s a tropical bird of another feather, a Fleur Flamingo with fluffy wings by Andrea Raw.

Click HERE to purchase the Flamingo Pattern



Giddy Goat is wearing pig fabric in this keepsake sewn by Megan Koshurba.

Click HERE to purchase the Goat pattern.

Goat Sewing Pattern



Why use plain blue or black for a shark toy when you can get fantastic floral results like this?! Jonell Hart posted this Sammy Shark as part of our Shark Week activities this year.

Click HERE to buy the Sammy Shark pattern.



I bet this pair of dinosaur twins went to a set of siblings. These Triceratops friends were sewn in coordinating Shannon Fabrics C3 Cuddle by Courtney Schreiner of Monkey in the Mailbox.

Click HERE to buy the Triceratops pattern.

Triceratops Dinosaur sewing pattern




The Diggles Dragon sewing pattern gives you lots of opportunity to showcase wild and wonderful prints. This rainbow swirl version was sewn by Christine Storrs.

Dragon toy sewing pattern

Click HERE to purchase the Dragon Sewing pattern.



Are you ready to see some bears?

How about A LOT of bears? This little girl is surrounded by Melody Memory Bears made from her grandfather’s clothes by Ingrid Tatow.


These two kids are all smiles after getting Melody Memory Bears to remember their grandfather. Bears sewn by Judy Roy Bean.

Click HERE to purchase the Melody Memory Bear Pattern.



I LOVE the way my Ben the BEGINNER Teddy Bear pattern looks made up in Shannon Fabrics Luxe Cuddle, and this Ben was sewn by Shannon’s own sewing educator, Teresa Coates!


Ben the BEGINNER Bear’s tummy is great for showing off special fabrics, like this Marvel print. Bear sewn by Nancy M Ciccosanti.


Heather Givan added thoughtful details to this 100th birthday Ben the BEGINNER Bear, such as heat transfer vinyl text on the footpads and elements of a beloved blouse.

Click HERE to purchase the BEGINNER Bear pattern.

Ben Beginner Bear Pattern Product



It’s fun to see how different a pattern can look in different fabrics, and I’ve got a great comparison set to show you this week. Here’s the Panda Ning Pattern sewn in fleece by Danni Manhire


And this puff ball version of the Panda Ning Pattern was sewn in faux fur by Becky Lou

Click HERE to purchase the Panda pattern.


AND this month’s winner is…

Congrats to this month’s winner! Teri Wolff has already started on her Halloween sewing, as you can see with this well-dressed trio of Whitney Witches.

a FREE Funky Friends Factory Pattern ~>
of your choice!


Click HERE to purchase the Witch Sewing pattern.

Witch Pattern


Want to win a FREE toy pattern?


It’s so EASY – enter the MAKER of the MONTH Pattern GIVEAWAY!


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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 HERE!

Each month I draw a winner & post the winner’s name on the Blog the next MONTH. You can see an album on Facebook of previous MAKEROFTHEMONTH winners.



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!!!

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Till next time,

Happy Sewing,


  1. Kathy Cuthbertson

    Well done everyone!! I’m glad I don’t have to decide on a winner, It would be impossible for me to choose. They are all fabulous.

    • Pauline

      Thanks Kathy! It is always a tough call! 💖

  2. Rebecca

    Thank you for including me-It’s always a thrill! Every other toy is truly wonderful! Those little fluffy triceratopses tho! I love the endless creativity of my fellow Friends makers!

    • Pauline

      Thanks Rebecca! It’s still a thrill for me, after all these years, to see the FABULOUS toys people sew using my patterns – yours included! 💖

  3. Evelyn Rutkowsky

    All beautiful projects, my hat is off to all. Must have been very hard to pick winner

    • Pauline

      Thanks Evelyn, it is always hard as there are sooooo many amazing entries each month! 🙂 XXX

  4. Laurie Miles

    I just love the review! Such a great variety with so much color and whimsy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Pauline

      It’s a pleasure, Laurie, it’s lovely to see how people put their special touch on the toys and create something special and unique with the same pattern! xxx

  5. Jonell Hart

    I’m always so inspired by all the creative funky friends featured here! Congrats to all, and to you, Teri, for Maker of the Month! Your witches are adorable!!

    • Pauline

      Thanks Jonell, it’s fun to see what people do with the patterns each month! xxx

  6. Sandra Dailor

    LOVE THEM ALL!!! Great job everyone.

    • Pauline

      Thanks Sandra…. there were soooo many cute ones this month! 💖

  7. Sharon

    They all look fabulous! It’s so excited to see everyone’s imagination come to life! They’re all winners!


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