Memory Bears

A memory bear is a special keepsake made from a loved one's clothing and can be a great gift to keep for yourself or give to family member or friend to keep for generations. 

What can a bear be made of?

A bear can be made from shirts, pants, dresses, stocking hats, blankets, onesies, or most any other fabric type material (cotton, flannel, fleece, and knit).  Non-ideal materials would be very sheer material, fragile lace, and beaded or sequin material.  Please wash all materials before sending or bring them to us. Coordinating buttons for eyes and fleece for the nose are hand sewn on to the bear. 

How much material do I need?

For 18” Memory Bear

  • Small and medium adult sized shirts/clothing will require two articles of clothing
  • Adult large shirts/clothing and bigger will typically make one full bear
  • Onesies/baby clothes/toddler clothes may require 4-5 items - extra fabric or material may be used to fill in parts if needed

For 12” Bear

  • Adult sized shirts/clothing should only require 1 article of clothing
  • Onesies/baby clothes/toddler clothes may require 2 items - extra fabric or material may be used to fill in parts if needed 

Can I use multiple items of clothing in one bear?

Yes, of course!  A mixture of various pieces of clothing can be used to make the bear.  Please make note of what you might like used and where.  Common accent pieces are the face piece between the eyes, the fronts of the ears, and the base of the feet.

Can I have a name or initials or poem embroidered on the bear?

Yes, we offer embroidery customization for an extra fee.  Common places to add customization is on the arm of the bear, the feet base and the tummy.  Please note what you would like added and that the spelling is correct.

What is the bear stuffed with?

I fill the bears with always new Poly-fil batting.

How long does it take to get a bear made?

Depending on the work schedule, please allow at least 8-10 weeks for a bear to be completed.  Holiday months can take much longer.  Please do let us know if this item needs to be rushed for purposes of helping someone who needs help in the healing process of losing a loved one.

Do you make anything other than a bear?

Yes, we have a very cute puppy dog patter that we can make up as well.