Amazing Designers: – Funky Friends Factory

RAOK Suggestion #15 Buy something on the internet
RAOK Suggestion #15 Buy something on the internet (Photo credit: garethjmsaunders)

We all have our favourite shops, whether they are a bricks & mortar business or an online shop, these are the people we go back to time & time again.  Not just because they have the ‘stuff’ we want or like but because they offer great service & we have grown to trust them.  And trust is a big key for online business, after all, we are being asked to hand over our credit card detail or access to our PayPal account as well as other personal information such as where we live (unless you use a PO Box).  

Today, I thought I would share with you one of the business’ that I have  grown to love & trust      🙂 

Funky Friends Factory

Darcy 44cm long ~ $35 + shipping
44cm long ~ $38 + shipping

Pauline McArthur from Funky Friends Factory was the very first (sewing pattern) toy designer I discovered who designed soft toy patterns that catered to people like myself who wanted to sell the things they made without infringing on copyright, & didn’t have the skills or knowledge (or confidence) to design their own patterns … yet      😉

If you take a quick look around my Etsy &  Madeit shops you will  see plenty of ‘funky friends’.

The things I love about Funky Friends Factory Patterns.

  • The designs are fun & contemporary.
  • The pattern pieces are digitally drawn, so they are very clean & clear, well labelled & look professional .  
  • Pauline uses written instruction which are well organised, easy to understand & designed so you can tick off each step as you complete it.  
  • Most of the designs have been made with fleece in mind but can also be made from woven fabrics like quilters cotton which comes in a huge range of colours & patterns to cater for every taste.
  • You can buy the patterns as a printed pattern or as an instant digital download – for those of us too impatient to wait for snail mail.
  • The more you buy the more you save   🙂  at $11.98, the instant download patterns are competitively priced, but if you buy 3 or more you get them even cheaper, up to almost $4 per pattern.  Always love a bargain …    🙂     Click here for more details.


If you sign up for the Funky Friends Factory newsletter, you will receive a free (digital download) copy  of the  ‘Honey Bear‘ pattern.  This is a great pattern if you are new to sewing or just want to check out Funky Friends Factory patterns.

You can also watch a video tutorial for Honey Bear by Pauline here …

Sewing Funky Friends.

I don’t have all the Funky Friends patterns but I do have quite a few …  about 10 so far

Shelby 44cm long ~ $35 + shipping
44cm long ~ $38 + shipping

(with more on the wish list).  Funky friends patterns vary in difficulty from beginners to tricksy.  Honey bear is a great beginner pattern, Monsters Mix & Match is another great beginners pattern.  Dippy Dinosaurs are about middle of the road, Kitty Kate – bit more challenging – but just a little.  So far I think Lamkins Lamb has polar_fleecebeen the most challenging, but some of that was the fabric I use which was a very fluffy fleece which was very slippery & molted everywhere.

Regardless of your skill level, there is plenty to choose from & all the patterns come together well to make super cute softies.  For more information about Funky Friends Factory, click here to visit Pauline’s site where you will find loads of information, a blog, tutorials – including some video tutorials & lots lots more    🙂

Some of my Funky Friends on Etsy …  🙂 


Do you have a favourite shop – online or offline?  Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to check them out     🙂

Bye for now ….    🙂

Ps: Georgie said he needed a break from  being a ‘superstar’, so this week I’ll leave you with this cute picture of Lacy Lamb – another ‘Funky friend’.

Lacy 26cm long ~ $30 + shipping
26cm long ~ $30 + shipping

Disclaimer:  I have not been asked by Pauline to write this review of Funky Friends Factory, nor have I been paid.  The opinions expressed above are my own based on my personal experiences as a customer.



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