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Recycled Denim SEWING COMPETITION – WIN a $50 Funky Friends Factory gift certificate!

Apr 12, 2021 | Blog, Competitions & Giveaways

I LOVE to see my Funky Friends Factory toy patterns sewn in recycled clothing!

Recycled clothes used to make and sew toys means that they don’t end up in landfill  – which is AWESOME  – plus they make such precious personalized toys!


This sparked the idea for a RECYCLED DENIM Toy Competition!

Everybody has an old pair of jeans hanging around… so why not put these to good use by up-cycling them into a Funky Friend this month and enter the competition? 

Get ready for some cool
TOY inspiration…

Denim toys tell a story. Here’s a great example of a meaningful fabric combination. Lorna Moore made this Ellie Elephant from the “first date” jeans and “first date” shirt worn by her friend and her friend’s husband. 

Elephant toy in denim fabric sewn by Lorna Moore

Click HERE to purchase the Ellie Elephant pattern.



Keri Walsh used two different pairs of jeans to make & sew this Puppy Pete Keepsake. She included a signature of the clothing’s owner on the ear for an extra personal touch. 

Puppy Pete denim sewn by Keri walsh

Click HERE to buy the Puppy Dog Pete pattern.

Puppy Dog Sewing Pattern



We know that denim goes with almost anything, but some fabric combos look extra fabulous as toys. Kathy Cuthbertson paired up a plaid shirt and denim jeans in this Melody Memory Bear

Memory Bear sewn in denim - Kathy Cuthbertson

Click HERE to buy the Melody Memory Bear pattern.

Memory Bear Sewing Pattern



Bulldogs are a hearty breed, so it makes sense to sew on in a rugged fabric! Jess Dines made her first Butch Bulldog from sturdy denim with white cotton accents. 

Bulldog denim 1 sewn by Jess Dines

Click HERE to buy the Butch Bulldog pattern.

Bulldog pattern


Are you getting excited to sew denim toys?

YES! It’s time to hunt down all you old denim jeans, jackets, shirts, dungarees, and overalls to turn into super cute recycled toys for the COMPETITION! 


⚠️ BUT first – a warning!!! ⚠️

If you have never sewn with denim, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to prevent damage to your sewing machine…


Tips for sewing with denim
The adorable version of Trixie Triceratops above
was sewn by Sarah Kilshaw!!!


Here are some TIPS for sewing with DENIM fabric:

⚠️ First up, make sure to use a sewing machine needle that’s specifically labeled for Jeans or Denim.  Here are a few examples.


Denim needles



⚠️ Next, if this is your first time sewing with denim, you need to watch out for BULKY SEAMS. The best approach would be to avoid tracing your pattern pieces over any bulky seam lines at all. To do this – lay the denim flat and only use the parts that don’t have seams.

⚠️ For the more ADVENTUROUS – if you like the look of the denim seams (and other features like studs, pockets etc) and want to try INCLUDING them into the toy, there are some easy ways to avoid problems. Sewing over a bulky seam too quickly or with the wrong needle can jam up or even break your machine, so I recommend hand cranking your machine over any seams….


Alternatively, you can buy an inexpensive “seam jumper” tool like the one pictured below. It will help your machine sew through the bulk.



Ok, let’s get back to the Recycled denim SEWING COMPETITION…


WHAT can you WIN?

You can win a WIN a Funky Friends Factory Pattern Gift Voucher ~>

valued at

Gift-Voucher-50 dollars


HOW do you enter?

It’s easy! Post a photo of ANY Funky Friends Factory Pattern that you have sewn using recycled denim, on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page (or in our Pattern Fan Club Group!) to be in the running to win a Funky Friends Factory GIFT VOUCHER…

(It can be ANY Funky Friend Factory pattern that you have sewn as a RECYCLED DENIM TOY. You can add some highlights of other fabrics BUT it needs to be OBVIOUSLY created from denim clothing – or it can’t be entered in the draw.)


Recycled DENIM competition


Want an extra chance to WIN?

Share any of the pictures above on your Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc) and leave a comment to let me know where you posted them!


*** The winner will be drawn on Wednesday 30th April 2021 ~ using random.org and announced here in the comments AND on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook page. ***



Facebook badge - Pauline McArthur

I can’t wait to see your recycled denim Funky Friends on Facebook


Happy RECYCLING everyone!!!



Pauline McArthur
Till next time,



  1. Larry McCarthy

    Hi Pauline does it have to be a funky friend pattern of one of the animals you have in the photo or any of the funky friends patterns I have.
    Cheers Larry McCarthy

    • Pauline

      Hi Larry, It can be any Funky Friends Factory toy pattern – even the FREE Honey Teddy Pattern so you don’t HAVE to buy a pattern to enter! 😀

    • Marinda Nitzschke

      I have posted a photo on my own profile on facebook.

      • Pauline

        Woohoo! Thanks for sharing Marinda! 😀

  2. Angie Robertson

    POsted to FB page, love working with denim

    • Pauline

      Thanks for sharing Angie!!! 🙂

  3. Connie

    Just wanted you to know that I go to thrift stores and purchase fleece or faux fur scarves (many for only 29-69 cents) to make my stuffed animals.

    • Pauline

      I hadn’t thought of scarves! That’s a cool idea – thanks Connie!!! 🙂

  4. Kathy Cuthbertson

    Thank you for featuring my Melody, she is absolutely adorable in denim. And always a favorite of mine. Now I’m inspired to try something new……..


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