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Hi, I'm Pauline.
I believe that toy-making should be
SIMPLE and FUN for everyone ~
so anyone can give it a go!

Here you will be able to keep up to date with the latest happenings at the 'factory'...

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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FREE Unicorn Keepsake Pattern ADD-ON feedback! 🦄🦄🦄

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCompetitions & GiveawaysFFF News on 2020-07-27 14:46:08

I’ve been getting such wonderful 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. 

Just so you know ~>

*** If you’re still in lockdown – you can still get the Calico Bear Pattern for free to sew your own Lockdown Keepsake Bear AND Unicorn too! Read the blog post here to find out HOW to get the free memory bear pattern. *


* 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. 🦄


Keepsake Unicorn Tutorial


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

First up is Katie Marie who has been using the free Unicorn Pattern ADD-ON to sew lovely keepsakes from baby clothes!

Isn’t this adorable???

Free unicorn keepsake pattern sewn by Katie Marie

 And another cute keepsake unicorn sewn from baby clothes!

“I had lots of fun making the unicorn for a little girls birthday. Thank you so much for the free keepsake pattern!” ~ LaraH.

Unicorn Keepsake pattern sewn by Lara H


Cath used the free Unicorn Pattern ADD-ON to teach a child to sew!

“My best friend’s daughter wanted to learn how to sew, so we did the unicorn keepsake. We had a great time making her… Kind regards Cath”

FREE Unicorn Keepsake Pattern sewn by Cathy Horrocks


Jenny Fisher sewed this gorgeous UNICORN Keepsake for her grand daughter…

~from her favourite pyjamas! 💗



And last BUT not least…


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Highlighting a wonderful keepsake business ~ Grin and Bear It Keepsakes

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCustomer FeedbackOther crafty stuff I love! on 2020-07-05 12:43:21

Dawn Fleischman started sewing Funky Friends Patterns 7 years ago! Dawn was inspired to start her business Grin and Bear It Keepsakes when she started getting requests for Memory Bears and made a few for family.

Here is a photo of Dawn with
the very first Funky Friends she sewed.

Dawn - Grin and Bear It Keepsakes Memory Bears & More

She says it kind of snowballed after that. At last count, Dawn has created well over 600 Memory Bears, Funky Friends critters and  Memory Pillows over the last 17 years. This is one of my favourite toys sewn by Dawn – Calico Bear. 

What a beary
cheerful smile!  

Calico Bear nemory bear pattern - sewn by DawnB


Dawn says shes loves using Funky Friends Factory patterns to sew lovely keepsakes because of the the smiles, hugs and sometimes happy tears they bring ~to young and old alike!  She made this colourful version of Kitty Kate for a little girl who visited her and wanted to see her sewing room. She was so excited when Dawn showed the many FFF patterns she has.

She picked Kitty Kate
and this beautiful minky.

Kitty Kate Pattern sewn by Dawn B

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NEW Funky Friends Factory pattern – Licorice the Lemur – who loves to “Move it, move it!

Posted under BlogNEW Softie Patterns on 2020-07-03 12:57:07

Yeehar! My Lemur sewing pattern is ready for release to the general public!


So without further ado ~>

Licorice the


Lemur sewing pattern


Licorice is a big-eyed, baby lemur who loves to “Move it, move it! 🙂 I designed his tail, arms and legs so that he can sit down or leap around from tree to tree, just like a REAL lemur! He has lots of pieces so I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for a beginner BUT he’s so cute you’ll definitely want to give him a go, once you’ve tried one of my easy toy patterns, (if you are a beginner sewer or are new to sewing toys).

Recommended Lemur fabrics:

The Lemur toy can be sewn in most fabrics. I sewed Licorice out of quilting cottons but stretch (knit) fabrics like fleece or Cuddle would be nice and snuggly! He also looks great in every colour combination you could think of. 

Look at all these lovely feedback photos!!!!

Lemur sewing pattern customer feedback collage


There were so many lovely Lemurs created by our Sew Many Funky Friends Club Members that I made a second feedback collage!!!

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Free Memory Bear Pattern feedback – June 2020

Posted under BlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2020-06-26 22:12:41

I’ve been getting such wonderful feedback messages in response to offering my Calico Bear Pattern for FREE to anyone who wants to sew a memory bear during lockdown. 

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! Read the blog post here to find out HOW to get the free memory bear pattern. 

A FREE memory bear pattern 2020


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

I loved making this, my granddaughters love him, it has been a long time since I made a teddy like this. Thank you for the pattern. Carol Warner.

FREE Memory Bear Pattern during lockdown sewn by Carol Warner‎


Thought I would show you a couple of bears that I am making for grandchildren to help them with lockdown. (Only 1 more to finish now). X Donna Canavan

Free memory bear during lockdown sewn by donnaC


My first attempt at the Calico Signature bear as well as using coral fleece. I have made this bear for our next little one expected in September. I enjoyed using this pattern and once I got the hang of the fleece it was easy! It makes the bear warm and super snuggly. Many thanks for the wonderful patterns, they are simply easy to use and they always turn out wonderful! Jemima Brady❤️ 

FREE Memory Bear pattern sewn by Jemima Brady


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