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

Oct 30, 2022 | Blog, Competitions & Giveaways

It’s a bit late because I was away BUT this month’s MAKER OF THE MONTH post is worth the wait as it is jam-packed with LOTS of gorgeous softies including lots of sweet sea creatures and amazing Aussie animals! Be sure to read to the end to see who won the Maker of the Month prize.

take a look…

Aussie Aussie Oi, Oi, Oi!

First up we have an adorable fluffy version of the Joey Junior Kangaroo sewing pattern sewn by Jo-Ann Carroll.

Click HERE to purchase the Kangaroo pattern.

Joey Junior Kangaroo pattern


I love this sweet pink and grey version of the Wombat sewing pattern sewn by Lesley Newall. 

Click HERE to buy the Wombat pattern.


And the last Aussie softie  – this adorable Kiki Koala was sewn by Leigh Anne Torres for a new bub who is due this Christmas!

Click HERE to purchase the Koala pattern.

Koala sewing Pattern


Next some sweet sea creature softies!

WOW!!!! Don’t you love this cool dance fabric Kelly-Beck-Prasca used for this fun version of Ozzie Octopus

Click HERE to purchase the Octopus pattern.

Octopus Pattern



These delightfully SPARKLY versions of the Dizzy Dolphin pattern were sewn Courtney Schreiner of Monkey in the Mailbox.

Click HERE to buy the Dolphin pattern.

Dolphin pattern cover



Elise Luce said she had to use BOOK fabric. ‘Cause it’s a “Whale of a Tale” 😅 …she made the whale for a school library!

Click HERE to purchase the Whale pattern.



Brandise Munger sewed these 3 stu sea turtles for her sons, for their trip to a sea turtle sanctuary. As she put it – ” Perfectly normal to make plushies for 17 yr Olds, right?! Lol ” YES!!!!

Seventeen year olds
LOVE soft toys!

Click HERE to purchase the Sea Turtle



This mint green Monty Manatee sewn by Jessica Arabella looks like he’s frolicking in the sea grass fronds! 

Click HERE to purchase the Manatee Pattern.

Manatee Sewing Pattern


And after a sea cow? A moose!

Plaid is always a fun fabric to use for Mickey Moose – as seen in this fabulous Moose sewn by Tammy-Wolgram-Dirkse.

Click HERE to buy the Moose pattern.



Orsolya Czili sewed BOTH the Llama & Alpaca Pattern. in heart fabrics – don’t you think they look LOVE-LY?


And this is Elise Luce’s version of the Lloyd Llama Pattern – who knew he’d look so fun in pineapple fabric! 🍍

Click HERE to purchase the Llama & Alpaca Pattern.

I love the fun fabric print used for this Harper Hobby Horse sewn by Terri Wolff.

Click HERE to purchase the Hobby Horse Pattern.



I LOVE the cute colours of the reversable dress sewn for this Dress Up Doll by Freya Green.


And Janice Witman  sewed this lovely keepsake Doll version of the Daisy DRESS UP Doll Pattern for a friend’s granddaughter. 

Click HERE to purchase the DRESS UP Doll Pattern



This ADORABLE version of the Keepsake Unicorn pattern was sewn by Mary Elizabeth… I think she has the cutest face! 💗

Click HERE to purchase the Keepsake Unicorn pattern.



Lindy Eversole sewed this sweet version of the Patch Pussy Cat Sewing pattern for a co-worker who just lost her cat. The material was a pillow case that the cat slept on. She also made a little blanket out of the left over fabric.  


Carol Warner sewed these 2 gorgeous baby keepsake toys from her grandaughter’s baby grows – I can’t pick a favourite between Digger Dachshund and Patch Pussy Cat.

Click HERE to purchase the Cat Sewing pattern.


Click HERE to purchase the Dachshund pattern.


This sweet version of Melody Memory Bear was sewn from special clothing by Heather Givan.


This retirement keepsake Melody Memory Bear was sewn by Judy Roy Bean….

Looks like a Mini me!


This sweet version of Melody Memory Bear was sewn from special clothing by Emma Boulton.

Click HERE to purchase the Melody Memory Bear Pattern.



I love it when fabric is fussy cut to add a special touch  – as seen here with Rhenai Hollywood’s  special placement of the floral fabric on the Ben BEGINNER Bear‘s forehead. 


Here you can see a completely different look created for Ben the BEGINNER Bear by Natalie Booysen using furry fabric and extra large eyes. 


This retirement bear version of Ben BEGINNER Bear was sewn by Natalie Booysen

Another BLUE version of Ben…

This “True Blue Aussie” version of Ben BEGINNER Bear was sewn by Tania Walkom

Click HERE to purchase the BEGINNER Bear pattern.



This cute baby Keep Me Keepsake Bear was sewn by Jenny Lock… gotto LOVE that smiley face!!!!! 



AND these 3 cute Keep Me Keepsake Beas. were sewn by Andrea Peters.  I love how each bear has it’s own personality – look at that happy fellow in the middle! 🙂

Click HERE to purchase the Keepsake Bear pattern.


AND this month’s winner is…

Another sea creature softie!!!! Congrats to this month’s winner, Danni Manhire! who did one of my favourite things – she sewed a Funky Friend – JUST for herself!!!!

CONGRATS Danni! You win
a FREE Funky Friends Factory Pattern ~>
of your choice!


Click HERE to purchase the Seahorse pattern.

Want to win a FREE toy pattern?


It’s so EASY – enter the MAKER of the MONTH Pattern GIVEAWAY!


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ALL you need to do is post a photo of a FUNKY FRIENDS FACTORY toy that you have made on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook Page HERE!

Each month I draw a winner & post the winner’s name on the Blog the next MONTH. You can see an album on Facebook of previous MAKEROFTHEMONTH winners.



NOT on Facebook? ENTER by email! 😀

*** You can send me your photos by email too!


So come on! Share your photos  ~> The next winner could be YOU!!!

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory.
Till next time,

Happy Sewing,


  1. Stephanie H

    Each and every one of these is too terribly cute! Love them all! Well done everyone!

    • Pauline

      Thanks Stephanie, they are all so cute – each one makes me smile!😀

  2. Peggy Grow

    That is a BUNCH of bears, manatees, mooses… 😉 and all of them are fabulous!! Tomorrow is a sew-in day for me, and I think I’ll make Alice Alpaca. Or Gertrude Guinea Pig. Or Monty Manatee. Or all 3? My girls are teenagers now, so I’m sewing … something… for the two adorable little girls next door for Christmas! And probably 2 more somethings for my teens. Never too old for a stuffed animal, right?

    • Pauline

      Hi Peggy, I can tell you’re having so much FUN creating your Funky Friends toys for gifts and that makes me so HAPPY! 😀😀


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