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Memory bear keepsake - teddy from clothing / shirt


These handmade memory bear keepsakes are made from your loved ones clothing. They are a lovely way to deal with grief and treasure the memories of loved ones, and turn their clothes into something you can treasure forever. A lovely memorial teddy gift for grandchildren to remember their grandparent.

Your clothing

Teddy bears are best made from shirts, t-shirts or jumpers. They can be made from 1 items of clothing - the more items (maximum 5 items per bear), the more varied your bear will be. For example, if you want a group of 5 bears, you can send 5 items and I'll use a piece of each clothing for every bear.

To give a better idea of the amount of clothing I need - each teddy bear uses 6 x A4 sized pieces of fabric.

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How to personalise

  • Embroidery can be added on their paws, a felt belly patch or both
    • PAWS - (1st paw / 2nd paw) add dates or names (max 3 lines, 8 characters per line)
    • BELLY - quotes, name or message (max 5 lines, total 100 characters)
    • Add "standard quote" if you want the following on the belly
These are clothes
I used to wear
hold me close
and I'll be
    See our blog post 10 Quotes for memory keepsakes for other quote ideas
    • Enter your personalisation details in the Personalisation box
    • Please feel free to add any notes in with the order or requests. I'm also happy to contact you after receiving the clothing, if you want to discuss anything

    Bear mock up

    Want to see what your finished bear might look like, using the clothing in different places?

    Visit the Memory bear mock up page and send us images of your clothing and we'll add them onto images of a bear for you, to help you decide how you want your precious clothing used.


    • The bears are approx. 30 cm tall
    • Stuffing is a hollowfibre filling
    • Please not this product is not suitable for children under 14 years of age and is meant as a keepsake not a toy. This is because the nature of using your recycled clothes, means the keepsakes can not be CE tested.
    • If you're wondering "who makes memory bears near me?", then why not order one online. The order process is simple, and your clothing will be taken care of at each stage of the process.

    The process

    Memory keepsake instructions

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 39 reviews
    Love memory teddy bear

    recommended by my sister in law I have ordered 2 memory bears. Material chosen by my two daughters from their nana's clothing. First one has arrived and it's incredible. So beautifully made, my eldest is over the moon, its like she has her nana with her. Her cat won't leave it alone and she hates cuddly toys but lives this. thank you so much. Can't wait to receive the next one.

    Pamela Jones

    I am very happy with the teddies made with my late husbands shirts. My grandchildren will love them to bits, having something of their grandad to cuddle. Sarah,thank you very much, nothing was to much trouble when I needed questions answering and for your hard work.

    Lynne Smith
    Memory Bear

    Lovely Bear made with my late mum clothes
    I love it

    steven birrell

    Sarah has done a great job of the two bears she has made, fantastic!!!!!!!

    Sandra Eley
    Memory Bear

    I am absolutely delighted with my memory bear he’s beautiful and is exactly what I was hoping for. I’m sure my daughter will be thrilled too