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Hi, I'm Pauline.
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More fabulous FREE Unicorn Keepsake Pattern ADD-ON feedback! πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„

Posted under BlogTry these FREE PATTERNS on 2020-08-24 19:01:15

Here are some more lovely feedback photos and thank-you messages, in response to offering my Calico Bear Pattern and Unicorn Pattern Add-on,  for FREE, to anyone who wants to sew a memory bear or Keepsake unicorn during lockdown. 

AND…
Just so you know ~>

*** If YOU are still in lockdown – you can still get the Calico Bear Pattern for free to sew lovely keepsakes of your own  – a lockdown keepsake bear! Find out HOW to get the free memory bear pattern by clicking HERE. 

A FREE memory bear pattern 2020

 
 

* There has been a teeny bit of confusion so I thought I’d just explain
the Unicorn Keepsake Pattern is not a NEW “stand-alone” pattern – it is a pattern ADD-ON, like we did on a SEW ALONG last year turning Calico Bear into a bunny, this time were using the same Calico Bear pattern to make a unicorn. πŸ¦„

 

Keepsake Unicorn Tutorial

 

AND here are some super cute unicorns sewn during lockdown to inspire YOU! 

Clare Sneddon has used the free Unicorn Pattern ADD-ON to sew this super laid-back Unicorn!

She says, “This almost makes me want another baby. “lol”

FREE-Unicorn-Keepsake-Pattern-ADD-ON-during-lockdown-sewn-by-Claire-Sneddon
 

 

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

Posted under BlogCompetitions & GiveawaysInspirations on 2020-08-16 08:49:29

We’ve had some AWESOME feedback photos this month. Check out these highlights from the visitor’s posts on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page.

So few soft toys get to visit the seashore 😁. What an exciting adventure for GB Bedford’s version of the Ozzie Octopus soft toy pattern

Octopus pattern sewn by GBBedford

 

Mary Stenger took her version of the Nate Narwhal toy pattern on a nautical holiday, too!

Narwhal Pattern sewn by MaryS

 

A couple of cool Igor Iguanas have gathered to sun themselves on the Facebook page. Jackie Hillman enlarged her version of the Igor Iguana pattern 150 percent to make it nearly life-size!

Iguana Pattern sewn by JackieH

 

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More FREE Memory Bear Pattern feedback from July 2020

Posted under BlogInspirationsTry these FREE PATTERNS on 2020-08-09 20:06:42

Here are some more lovely feedback photos I’ve received in response to offering my Calico Bear Pattern for FREE to anyone who wants to sew a memory bear during lockdown. 

AND…
Just so you know ~>

*** If YOU are still in lockdown – you can still get the Calico Bear Pattern for free to sew lovely keepsakes of your own  – a lockdown keepsake bear! Find out HOW to get the free memory bear pattern by clicking HERE. 

A FREE memory bear pattern 2020

 
 

AND here are some MORE super cute keepsakes sewn during lockdown to inspire YOU! 

 

This is the first Calico bear, Carolyn Harperβ€Ž made for her daughter who graduated as a midwife, made from her uniform. She says, “There are a number of things which could be better but she loves him. He just needs her lanyard to finish him off. xxxx😍  Really enjoyed this and learnt some things on the way.”

FREE Memory Bear Pattern during lockdown sewn by Carolyn H

 

 

Such a cute pic from Sam Griffiths who says, “Here is a duo of Calico memory bears I recently made 🐻β™₯οΈπŸ’™βœ‚οΈ”

Free-memory-bear-pattern-during-lockdown-sewn-by-SamG

 

How cute is this version of Calico Bear sewn by Sarah Homewood?

My first Calico bear all done in time for my little boy’s
first birthday tomorrow πŸ‡πŸ₯°

Free-memory-bear-pattern sewn by Sara during lockdownarah-Homewood

 

Carol Manuela Patino says, “This is my first Calico bear full of love and tenderness, is the first of many my baby loves him and puts on the clothes we kept as a newborn. The next will be in baby clothes to be a Memory Bear.”

FREE Memory Bear Pattern during lockdown sewn by Carol Manuela Patino

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NEW Keepsake Bear Pattern for you to sew lovely keepsakes with! πŸ’—πŸ§ΈπŸ’—

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsNEW Softie PatternsUncategorized on 2020-07-30 12:11:34

Yeehar! Finally, the time has come to release my NEW Keep Me KEEPSAKE BEAR pattern BUT first, I want to apologise to those of you who have been waiting so long, I think you’ll understand once I explain why.

I haven’t been keeping you
waiting for nothing.

I have been through what can only be described as a personal hell since February 2019, both mentally and physically. You may already know that I have been involved in a copyright dispute with one of my customers but now that the dispute has been settled in my favour, and the settlement money has cleared in my account – I feel it’s important that I let everyone know what has happened and how devastating it has been for me to have to defend my life’s work like this and hopefully I can have some closure and move on with my life! The settlement payment will cover my legal costs (I have paid over $20,000 in legal fees!) and also compensate for lost income from lost sales due to reduced web traffic BUT it will NEVER compensate me for the personal toll this has taken on me and my family – which has been so devastating that I feel I have literally lost 18 months of my life dealing with this. My health has been affected to the point I’ve needed medication. I have been put on anti-depressants because I was in such a bad way mentally, at the end of last year, that at times I was crying uncontrollably and unable to concentrate on work and unable to sleep through the night, waking up from grinding my teeth and disturbing my husband (as I was apparently thrashing around so much). I’ve spent over 20 years of hard work developing my sewing patterns and my business and it’s a real body-blow when others copy my sewing patterns.

This matter, which I consider involved one of my customers blatantly copying one of my sewing patterns, has been legally settled and I can’t even begin to explain how incredible it feels to say it’s finally O-V-E-R!

 

It’s a HUGE relief knowing I can rely on my copyright to protect my patterns and my business

The sad thing is that this situation is not unique to ME and the Funky Friends Factory sewing patterns… In writing this blog post I want to give hope to other pattern designers and members of the crafting community who have had their work copied.

 

I want you to know that when someone copies your original work you don’t just have to “accept it” – something CAN be done! 

 

Although I am a great believer in the concept that “everything happens for a reason” – I still haven’t figured out why I had to go through an experience as stressful as this legal dispute. I guess one positive is that the delay has given me time to tweak my Keepsake Bear Pattern ~ and BOY did I tweak!

 

Here’s me with the final Keepsake Bear – Prototype No.10  – which is why we decided to score him 10/10!!!!

Keepsake Bear Pattern finished
 

 

Let’s get back to the HAPPY NEWS  –

It’s time to introduce the latest Funky Friends Factory pattern!

 

Meet the new Keep Me KEEPSAKE Bear Pattern

 

This baby-faced teddy bear was specifically designed for sewing keepsakes. With an adorable heart-shaped nose, cute upturned muzzle, arms and legs sewn into seams (for easy construction), large flat spaces for embroidery or HTV (heat transfer vinyl) letters….. and a chubby little bottom for extra β€œhugginess” –  this is a perfect pattern for you to sew lovely keepsakes with!

How many items of baby clothes do you need for a baby bear keepsake?

I used about 8 – 10 pieces of baby clothing to make each baby keepsake. The Keep Me Keepsake Bear Pattern has a large flat TUMMY PIECE which is great for embroidery and there is enough space on the ARMS and the FOOT PADS to add birth dates and details – so this is also a great bear pattern for embroidery or HTV (heat transfer vinyl) lettering.

*** For the embroiderers out there – you can fit a 4inch/10cm square embroidery design on the TUMMY, ARM, BACK and PAW PAD PIECES.  ***

The Keepsake Bear is not just for baby keepsakes, it can be used for a bereavement bear too. You can use most fabrics for the Keepsake Bear. One of the testers used some lovely soft Luxe Cuddle from Shannon Fabrics to create plain fluffy bears which were just as cute (if not cuter?) than anything I have seen in a store!!!!

Look at all these lovely feedback photos!!!!

 

Is there a Keepsake Bear Pattern tutorial?

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

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCompetitions & GiveawaysCustomer Feedback on 2020-07-29 17:31:27

It’s so hard to pick a winner from such a beautiful batch of homemade toys like this.

Check out these highlights from the visitor’s posts on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook PageStarting us off is Amy Schlecht Marvin’s bright and cheerful version of the Heather Hippo Pattern. She says Heather is great to cuddle, and I agree. This Heather TOTALLY huggable.

Heather Hippo Pattern sewn by Amy S

 

I love seeing kids sewing soft toys!

Kellie Hollis reports that her 11 year old daughter had only been using a sewing machine 3 weeks when she made this version of the Sparkles Seahorse Pattern. That’s impressive!

Seahorse pattern sewn by Kelly Hollis daughter

 

And how proud is this little guy? Katherine Archer’s 7 year old son had never used a sewing machine before when he made this dinosaur with the Triceratops sewing pattern. He made it for himself (with help on some parts) as part of his home schooling. Looks like they’re new best buddies.

Triceratops pattern sewn by Katherine Archers son

 

Next up, Charlotte Little used her son’s toddler clothes to make a keepsake using the Triceratops toy pattern. The denim frill is a great touch with the other coordinated shades of blue.

Trceratops toy pattern sewn as a keepsake

 

Susana Gould is another funky fan who likes to sew lovely keepsakes with special fabrics. She used the Ollie Owl Pattern and Melody Memory Bear Pattern (reduced in size) to create huggable memories from a grandfather’s shirts.

Susana Goulds sews lovely keepsakes

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