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LIVE SEW-ALONG Call 3 – Sew lovely keepsakes with my FREE Calico Teddy Bear Pattern!

Sep 21, 2019 | A day in my life, Blog, FFF News

We’re celebrating the NEXT intake of our SEWMANYFUNKYFRIENDS Club by opening the Club up to everyone for a FUN NEW LIVE SEW-ALONG!

The third LIVE CALL was all about sewing keepsake bears ~>


Look how cute the basic Calico Bear Signature Bear Pattern looks as a Mini Keepsake Bear.


sew lovely keepsakes with Funky Friends Factory


It’s the exact same pattern – just printed at 80% to make a Mini Keepsake Bear Pattern.


how to resize a mini keepsake bear


The size of the Mini Keepsake Bear is 9inches/23cm SITTING and 11½inches/29cm STANDING (compared to Calico Bear Standard Size printed at 100%  – which is 12inches/30cm SITTING and 16inches/40cm STANDING). 


FREE Mini keepsake bear pattern



during SEW-ALONG week
you can get the
Mini Keepsake Bear Pattern
for FREE!!!!

Then we did a pattern hack to make the teddy bear’s muzzle a different fabric/colour!


muzzle pattern hack


AND we made the keepsake bear from school uniforms to make a uniform keepsake bear. This is a great way to remember your school days, or college days too.


We enlarged the pattern to make a Maxi Keepsake Bear. Again it’s the exact same pattern – just printed at 120% to make an enlarged teddy bear pattern for a larger ‘Maxi’ Keepsake Bear Pattern. Here I got a photo of them side by side for you to see the size difference. 🙂

FREE Maxi Bear Keepsake Pattern


AND… finally, when I managed to get the ‘kids’ to sit still for a photograph… LOL 🙂

What fun!!!!

…and here are all 3 side by side so you can see the difference in size when you print the pattern at 80% (Mini Keepsake Bear Pattern) and print the pattern at 120% (Enlarged, Maxi Bear Pattern).

Calico Bear, Maxi Bear and Mini Keepsake Bear Patterns

Hey! If you haven’t taken a look at our terrific toy-making community… now is the time!




to join the SEW-ALONG!!!

OK, see you on the next call of our FREE Teddy SEW-ALONG!


Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory.

Till next time,

Happy Sewing,



  1. Bernadette

    So cool you can make a mini keepsake bear and a maxi keepsake bear from the same pattern! Thanks for the free pattern. 🙂

    • Pauline

      It’s a pleasure Bernadette – thanks for joining the sew-along. I wonder if you will sew both the mini keepsake bear AND the maxi keepsake bear? 🙂


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