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It’s TESTING TIME – for my NEW Tiger sewing pattern!

Apr 11, 2023 | Blog, NEW Toy Patterns

Yeeeehar! My NEW Tiger sewing pattern is crouching, ready to pounce out into the world – ready for testing!ย 



What SIZE is the finished Tiger?

Taylor the Tiger is 42cm/16ยฝ inches long (from the back to the tip of the nose – the tail is to the side so I didn’t count it as extra!).ย 

What FABRIC can I use to sew a Tiger toy?

I sewed my Tiger with quilting cottons but you can use most fabrics for your tiny tiger! And you also donโ€™t need a tiger print or stripes! Florals, chevrons, novelty prints and even plain orange fabric ALL look great for a tiger.


Difficulty Level:

I would say that the Tiger toy pattern is an advanced pattern because the legs are quite complicated and go together in a rather unusual way. If youโ€™re a beginner, I would suggest starting with one of my easy patterns. You can try my FREE Honey Teddy Bear Pattern first, if you like… AND there’s also a FREE Toy-making Course on the “BEGINNERS START HERE” page of my website if you are NEW to sewing soft toys!ย 

TIP:ย Even if you’re an experienced toy maker, PLEASE follow my advice about about transferring all of the pattern markings and letters to the fabric pattern pieces.ย Taylor has lots of similar shaped pieces, which means there are LOTS of opportunities for muddling/mismatching the pieces.


Is there a Photo tutorial for the Tiger Toy Pattern?

YES! I have created a step-by-step photo tutorial so you can see EXACTLY how to sew my tiger pattern – with lots of clever toy making tips and tricks!ย  As usual, you can access the tutorial using the link in the See-Me-Sew section of the pattern.

(*Please check you typed this link in correctly,
~> or you’ll get an error page! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ


OK, so how does testing work?

We now have over a thousand people applying to test each new pattern, and I just can’t get to read all the applications OR give away that many free patterns each time! So we tried out a new way to do testing (to let as many people as possible be able to test my new patterns) and it worked out really well so we’ll be doing testing like that again…

So, ANYONE can be a Tester ~>

You don’t have to be a very experienced sewer or even a brilliant toy-maker. You can test the pattern even if you have NEVER sewn a toy before!


BUT, you need to be FREE in the next 10 days!!!


*** We have a deadline!***

You need to be able to sew up the toy and send in the photographs by the deadline date – April 21st, 2023 (In YOUR time zone!) You will need to buy the pattern first and sew a tiger toy – so you can answer the Feedback Survey questions AND send in photos of your finished toy.

Once your feedback is received ~> you’ll receive a Tester’s THANK YOU VOUCHER* so you can get another Funky Friends Factory pattern for FREE! (* The voucher MUST be used within 30 days on ANY existing Funky Friends Factory pattern.)


What’s GREAT about this~>

1. FFF fans will be able to get two patterns for the price of one!

2. AND I can afford to have UNLIMITED testers!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


So what do you need to do to be a TESTER?

BUY the Taylor Tiger Pattern by clicking the BIG orange button below…(after you’ve read steps 2 – 4! ๐Ÿ˜€)

Sew up the Taylor Tiger pattern, and once you have finished – come back and fill out the TESTERS SURVEY HERE. (The DEADLINE is 21st April 2023 – in YOUR time zone!)

Send in your photos by the same deadline date…… ๐Ÿ‘Œ PLEASE READ THE following important information about the kind of photos I need, plus where to send the pics! ๐Ÿ‘Œ


Please submit 2 to 4 photos meeting the following simple criteria:

  1. More than one angle (ex. Front, side, left and right!)
  2. Use natural light, outside if possible or next to a window (morning/evening light works BEST!)
  3. Use a non-distracting backdrop for indoor photos (on a plain chair or table top, a blank wall.)
  4. Send in your photos by email. Please CLICK this link to email me your photos!


*** If you’d like examples of these types of photos, search for the #toyphotography tag in our Facebook Pattern Fan Club Group search engine. Here’s an infographic we made to explain more about this – >



This is the cherry on the top ~>>>
Once you have submitted your feedback survey and photos we will send you a THANK YOU
VOUCHER to buy ANY pattern on the Funky Friends Factory website.

***Please use the voucher before it expires!***
*** THANK YOU VOUCHER is valid for 30 days.***


Read everything?


READY to be a tester?


Great… click on the big orange button!


NOW I can’t wait to see your terrific Tigers!

Pauline McArthur
Till next time, happy sewing,



  1. Carol Jenkins

    How exciting!!!
    I’m definitely going to make a Taylor, he is roarsome (sorry!)

    • Pauline

      Hey Carol, thank you!!!๐Ÿ˜ Can’t wait to see your roarsome Tiger! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ’—

  2. Cheryl Pfefferkorn

    At first glance of Taylor the Tiger, I immediately thought, “Oh, it’s crouching!!” So, I’d say the design is right on for a crouching tiger!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Pauline

      Yay!!!!! I think I made about 15 prototypes (maybe more, I lost count!) It really felt like it took me FOREVER to get there! So its so good to hear you think I got the ‘crouching’ right! ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Ginger

    I have a question about being a tester, I do not use my sew machine, I use felt and hand sew these sweet babies, so I do not know if you would want mine as a sample, would you??

    • Pauline

      Hi Ginger, thank you for checking. I need the test toys to be sewn at 100%…. Taylor’s quite large so it would take a lot of felt!?!?!๐Ÿค” If you are ok sewing the pattern actual size, I would love to see how Taylor turns out in felt, but YOU decide! ๐Ÿ˜

  4. Mary Frith

    I love your crouching tiger pattern. I have some funny stripe/zig zag fabric that might work very well for it.

    • Pauline

      Hi Mary, your ‘funny stripe fabric’ sounds interesting! Now I’m curious, please remember to pist a feedback photo for me to see!๐Ÿ˜

    • Wendy Gontier

      Iโ€™m up for testing. My question is can I post photos on my socials so my followers can get excited also? Would love to encourage people to your site also Pauline. Tganks

  5. Miriam Hubbard

    Love the new pattern. Will be purchasing it in a couple of weeks to make for my students.

  6. Christine

    Hello Pauline, I really love this exquisite, friendly tiger, who is getting ready to play pounce with me!! I also love his nice fat paws, and his wavy tail!
    Many thanks for your well designed toy with its cute expression, just love him!

    • Pauline

      Thanks for the lovely compliments, I’m so glad you love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jane Jehne

    Oh yeah he is definitely about to pounce! And I love that his mane doesnt go all the way around. He is so sweet in the face that you would believe he is going to pounce on a butterfly. The feet are perfect and keeping the tail curled is something my cat does when playfully pouncing on our dog. Well done fab design! Ive been on a sewing hiatus but i need to make this guy! Thanks Pauline

    • Pauline

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Jane! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Tamara

    I make memory stuffies from baby clothes in all kinds of animals, so I’m so excited to try this one out and add it as an option for my customers! He looks so cute!!!

  9. Carol

    I have been patiently waiting for this pattern. Iโ€™m going to make him out of some of my late husbands clothing .

  10. Kirsty Barnett

    Iโ€™ve submitted mine. I hope you love him

    • Pauline

      I dooooo!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Wendy Gontier

    Love it. I will do it but need to know can I post progress and promote as I do on my socials


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