Let me introduce to you my Funky Friend, Larry Lion. I made him with these beautiful Island Batik foundation fabrics: Tanzanite, Branch-Blue, and Turquoise . I used a Schmetz Microtex Chrome needle and Aurifil 5005 and 2740 50 weight thread.
Funky Friends Factory has a lot of patterns from manatees, llamas, foxes, and moose, just to name a few. I hope you have been following the other IB Ambassadors and seeing their awesome stuffed animals.
The pattern was easy to follow and Funky Friends has a blog with further pictures and instructions, which I found very helpful. There were a lot of pieces for Larry Lion, so I was glad for the clear instructions.
Do I dare show I cut the chin and cheek from the wrong fabric at first and had to do a redo?
As I made Larry, I found that using lots of pins on the curves helped to keep everything smooth. I used safety eyes, which were easy to attach, and little black beads for his whiskers. His toes were made with embroidery thread and he was stuffed with polyester fill.
I enjoyed making Larry and would highly recommend Funky Friends if you want to make a stuffed toy.
I would like to thank Funky Friends Factory for supplying me with this pattern. I also want to thank Island Batik, Schmetz, and Aurifil, for supplying the materials I needed to make Larry.
Be sure to check out the fun projects my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors have made:
Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
4 thoughts on “Funky Friends Challenge”
He’s adorable! I think I need to make a lion now too!
What a fun lion, Gail! I really love those colors you chose! So rich and beautiful. One of my twin grandsons would love this! The other has already said he wanted a teddy bear! LOL They keep me busy, but it’s fun!
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Aw! He’s adorable. I love the tail and the beads on the cheeks. That was a nice touch. Have a great day!