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Making some special homemade toys for Christmas Presents!

Dec 18, 2014 | A day in my life, Blog

Can you keep a secret?

I hope so because I want to show off a couple of extra special Funky Friends that are going to be Christmas presents for my niece and nephew. They have had LOTS and LOTS of Funky Friends toys for Christmas presents since they were babies… in fact… most of you will have seen my nephew, Karl on my website with the 2 Funky Friends he went to bed with every night as a baby!

sew homemade baby toys - karl

Now that they are older, I really want to make them something that THEY will think is just perfect for them!

So first,  for my niece…

There’s a fun, flowery version of my Lily Ladybug Sewing pattern.

I wanted to make her a cute pink bug rather than the normal RED and BLACK ladybug so  I used some Snug as a Bug fabric of (from Melly and Me/Riley Blake) for her… and when I saw these pre-cut felt flowers on Etsy, I knew I had to use them for her eyes!

I wonder what my niece will call her new bug, but I think she looks like her name should be Petal!

Ladybug toy Melly & Me fabric

And for my nephew…

I found some AMAZING glow in the dark fabric from Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop to make this AWESOME version of my Diggles Dragon Sewing Pattern. Voodoo Rabbit has some amazing, weird and wonderful fabrics just perfect for dragons!

Dragon Glow in the dark fabric

Are you making some special Funky friends soft toys for Christmas presents?

I love to know!

Pauline McArthur
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Till next time…

Till next time…

happy sewing,




  1. Anna

    Petunia Pig is on my list and Stu the Turtle. Booth for my cute Lexy.

  2. Clare sherry

    ive made a Mitch & Larry out of football shirts for my friends who are big kids at heart!

  3. Mrs e long

    No not for christmas this year, but have in the past, I will need to be more organised and ready for next year.

  4. Helen

    i am making a lion for a friends daughter with a black body with white stars on and a purple fake fur main 🙂

  5. Michelle

    Larry the lion for my sister in law

  6. Wendy Matthews

    Love you patterns x Merry Xmas

  7. Laura Vollrath

    I am making honey teddy for a my little brother.

  8. Pauline - Funky Friends Factory

    Woohoo we have a winner!

    random.org has “spoken” and the winner is

    Ashlee Aisenson!!!!

    I’ll be in touch to find out which Funky Friends Factory pattern you’d like as your prize. 😀



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