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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 35 reviews
    Sandra Eley
    Memory Bear Keepsake

    I am absolutely thrilled with the Memory Bear, the use of my parents clothes is a perfect way to remember them and I’m sure the recipient (my daughter) will be delighted too!

    Judith Forster
    Dads t shirt teddy

    Very happy with my little Teddy Bear made from my late dads favourite shirts

    Neve cooper

    So amazing and a great way to remember a loved one and the seller is great at communicating and it’s just such a great process and outcome

    Beautiful memory bears

    I ordered 3 memory bears for family Christmas presents, my sister in law ordered 2 bears and a memory cushion. They are absolutely beautiful,the attention to detail is fantastic, the bears look amazing.There were lots of tears on Christmas day, but they were happy memory tears of a mum and grandmother. My son said 'I remember nan in the cardigan now on my special bear. All the family members love their bears and my brother loves his cushion. Thank you Sarah so much for all the love and hard work you put in to each bear . I would highly recommend 2 Green monkeys for any memory keepsakes.

    Autumn B

    Thank you so much, I sent off one of my grandads shirts to make a Teddy for my mum, she loves it and it was the perfect Christmas gift! X