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LIVE CALL 4. Add-ons for a memory bear, bunny, wings, weighting and waistcoat!

Sep 28, 2019 | A day in my life, Blog

We had such fun on the LIVE call of our FREE Teddy LIVE SEW-ALONG today.

The fourth LIVE CALL was all about pattern ADD-ONs for Keepsake Bears ~>


I wanted to END BIG so… I planned LOTS of wonderful things for us to make for the basic Calico Bear Signature Bear Pattern – ALL beginning with ‘W




and we had a Wonderful surprise…


Our first ”W-thing’ we sewed was some angel wings for our keepsake Bears. A lot of my customers that sew lovely keepsakes with my Calico Bear Pattern have told me that they have added WINGS to make an angel bear as a keepsake when a child or baby has passed away. It’s a way to bring a little bit of comfort at such sad time. 

*** I have put together a PDF file which I will send out to everyone who joined us on the SEW-ALONG with the FREE Wing Pattern.


free wing pattern



The next ”W-thing’ we talked about was WEIGHTING. We discussed how to make a weighted keepsake toy. Weighting can be added to the exact birth weight or just to give the toy some added weight or just to help your toy sit up better.

how to make a weighted keesake bear



The next “W” thing we discussed was a teddy bear WAIST COAT pattern! Lots of the Club Members have been asking me to design a waist coat for Calico so we did this LIVE!!!! Talk about putting me on the spot! LOL 🙂

teddy bear waist coat pattern




It was so exciting – we picked 3 lucky people on the SEW-ALONG, and they WON a whole year’s access to the Sew Many Funky Friends Club… FOR FREE!!!! The Lucky winners (1 for each Level in the Club) were –

Diana Graham

Stephanie Hardy

and Amanda Huggins!


CONGRATS GUYS!!!!! Can’t wait to hang out with you in our Club!


If you haven’t taken a look at our terrific toy-making community… now is the time!


Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory.

Till next time,

Happy Sewing,



  1. Mary Harvey

    I’m new to these beautiful patterns. I have got the calico bear, how do I download the extras (vest, rabbit, unicorn etc)
    Thank you

    • Pauline

      Hi Mary, thanks for your compliment! 😀 This post is from Sept 2019 and the Pattern ADD-ONS that I created in the Calico Bear LIVE Sew-Along were available for free during the launch I did back then! They are no longer available for free because they became a VIP Club Member benefit. I cant promise right now that they will be available for free again… down the track… as I will need to reformat them BUT join up to my newsletter to find out whenever I release free patterns in future! 😀

  2. Denise Balaban-Smith

    Where do I find the step by step tutorial for the memory bear?

    • Pauline

      The link is in the pattern! 😀


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