18" Memory Bear / Keepsake Bear from Adult Clothes



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  • Handmade
  • Materials: You Provide Clothes, I Provide Thread, Buttons or Safety Eyes, Felt for the Nose, Easy Knit Stabilizer, Polyester Fiber Stuffing

<><>As of January 11, 2022<><>
Due to it still being difficult to find stuffing to fill new Memory Animal orders, I am ONLY working from a waiting list at this time. Some people have been waiting since April 2021 to order. If you have not been contacted by me to place your order yet, hold tight. I’m contacting the people who have been waiting the longest first. If you’re a new customer wanting to place an order for a Memory Animal, please message me and I’ll put you on my waiting list. Thank you for your patience! So sorry for the inconvenience.


My current turn around time is 4 to 6 weeks from when I receive your items, not your order date. Thank you for your patience and understanding! 😊

This listing is for the 18" Memory Bear / Keepsake Bear from Adult Clothes ONLY. I do make the 18" Memory Bear / Keepsake Bear from Baby Clothes also. If you are looking for those, this link will take you there (CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE TO ORDER):

I love the idea of being able to carry a loved one with you. These "one of a kind" memory bears are perfect for those who have had a loved one pass away and would like a bear made in their honor.

I make your special bear from clothing that you send me.

A bear can be made from one men's medium shirt or larger, or women's large or larger. You can send more than one shirt if you want them mixed together. If what you want to use is a youth size or a women's x-small, small or medium, I will need two shirts per bear.

*Please do not send items that have already been cut.*

Some great ideas from adult clothing are:
***Non Stretch Items*** :
-Button down shirts
-Flannel shirts
-Flannel pajamas
-Flannel bath robes (knee length or longer)
-Cotton dresses (knee length or longer)
-Cotton skirts (knee length or longer)
-Corduroy items - pants or jackets
-Denim items - jeans or jackets
-Uniform shirts

***Stretchy Items***
(Stretchy means if your item gives or stretches when pulled on)
-T-shirts (please keep in mind that if there is a large logo on your t-shirt, that it may not all fit on your bear)
-Golf/Polo shirts
-Sweatshirts (please keep in mind that if there is a large logo on your sweatshirt, that it may not all fit on your bear)
-Fleece shirts
-Fleece pajamas
-Fleece bath robes (knee length or longer)
-Cotton t-shirt dresses (knee length or longer)
-Cotton skirts (knee length or longer)

With items that are stretchy I iron in an easy knit stabilizer to help control stretching and maintain shape. Sometimes the heat from applying the stabilizer may bring out staining that was not noticed before.

***PLEASE NOTE that if you send items that are stretchy and DO NOT order your bear as using STRETCHY items from the menu selection, the stabilizer WILL NOT be used and your bear will not have a structured shape to it, especially the head/face area. I want your bear to be the best it can be, so please be sure to correctly order according to the type of material being sent.***

If you have specific items you would like to use other than what is listed above, please contact me BEFORE placing your order.

Materials that can't be used:
-thick/fuzzy bath robes
-loose knit items
-handmade crochet or knit items
-velour or minky materials
-sheer or lace items
-silky or satin-like polyester materials such as wedding/bridesmaid dresses, blouses or night gowns
-muslin or gauze type materials
-acetate or spandex materials
-nylon items
-woven afghans or blankets
-swimwear of any kind; swim trunks, swim skirts, bathing suits, etc.
-costumes of any kind
-dance or gymnastics leotards

I sometimes use your item's buttons for the eyes and a small piece of felt for the nose. If there are no buttons to use I will use black buttons or safety eyes. I try to use any emblem or logo from the shirt if it will fit onto your bear (unless specified not to). The neck is double stitched (since it's the part that gets the most lovin' 😉).

ONE Foot Embroidery - Additional $6.00 per bear.
-Ex. 1 - Name or Phrase up to 3 lines.
~Example 1A:

~Example 1B:

-Ex. 2 - First Name ONLY and Date in number form.

TWO Feet Embroidery - Additional $12.00 per bear.
-Ex. 1 - Name up to 3 lines on one foot and Date(s) on the other.
Left Facing Foot:

Right Facing Foot:

-Ex. 2 - Phrase up to 3 lines per foot.
Left Facing Foot:

Right Facing Foot:

~~Font style selections are shown in the last pictured example. My machine is not equipped to scan personal handwritten notes for the embroidery option.~~

***PLEASE NOTE: Due to the limited space available on the feet, ALL embroideries are limited to a maximum of 3 lines. Names up to 9 letters per line. Dates are done in number form only (ex. 11-01-19)***

**Be sure to leave the information you want embroidered on the foot or feet along with the thread color and font style in the "Personalization" section before checkout. If no thread color or font style is given, I will choose a color that will show well on your bear and one of the 3 font styles. So there is no confusion, all embroideries are done by using the information given in the "Personalization" section and not from notes sent with the items.**

To see all of my memory items and other listings, please visit my shop at:

1. Add this listing to your cart by selecting the Items Used/Fabric Type Per Bear, Embroidery and the number of bears you would like to order. If material type or embroidery info for each bear differs you will need to add one bear at a time to your cart with the material type and embroidery notes.
2. Check out. Once I receive your order confirmation, I will send you an Etsy convo with the address you will need to send your items to.
-Please send your items to me within a week of placing your order. This helps keep your order within the estimated turn around time given in your order confirmation.
-Please be kind and wash all items before they are sent to me. It is GREATLY appreciated! Items with heavy odors will be returned to you using the shipping cost from your order, and your order will be cancelled. This is not meant to be taken offensively, but I work very closely with these items and appreciate your taking the time to freshly launder your items I'll be working with. Thank you!!
-Please be sure to put your FIRST and LAST NAME on your package. If you send your items from a business address or without your name, it takes me a lot of time to figure out who the items belong to.
3. When I receive your items, I will Etsy convo you to let you know they have arrived here safe and sound.
4. You will get an Etsy convo from me the week I have your order lined up to work on.
5. You will get an email with your tracking information when your order is on it's way to you.

Care Instructions: It is recommended to spot clean your bear with a mild soap or detergent. Air dry.

NOTICE: While every care is taken to make your bear safe and strong, it is intended as a keepsake only. Should you wish to give this to a child for gentle play, that is your decision, and therefore your responsibility to supervise their play, as small plastic parts are used.

**The bears in this listing are not for sale. They are examples only.**

Made in a smoke free home.

Thank you for looking and have a BLESSED day!

This last paragraph is for new or other shop owners looking for ideas on how to set up their own shop or item descriptions:
Please do not copy my listing description details into your own. I spent a lot of time in thought and worked very hard to make sure my details were not like someone else's and would appreciate it if you'd do the same. I do look around at other shops from time to time, and have found my exact words and phrases being used in Shop Policies and item descriptions. It is against Etsy's policies to copy another shop owner's work. Copying anything in my "MySewWhatShop" Shop Policies, detailed descriptions, pictures, etc. for your shop is plagiarism and WILL be reported to Etsy as an Intellectual Property Infringement. While I am flattered that you like the way I have set up my shop, it is much more appreciate if you use your own creativity and not copy mine. Thank you!!


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Feb 23-Mar 11

Jan 21

Order placed

After you place your order, MySewWhatShop will take 4-6 weeks to prepare it for shipment.

Feb 18-Mar 7

Order ships

MySewWhatShop puts your order in the mail.

Feb 23-Mar 11


Estimated to arrive at your doorstep Feb 23-Mar 11!

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Amy Dennis

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751 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Donna Stokes Feb 10, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Amy's work is absolutely amazing. Her attention to detail, embroidery, memory tags, and communication during the process…everything about my experience with this shop was perfect. Amy's memory bears are wonderful keepsakes. I had two bears made for my granddaughters in memory of my husband who passed away last year. The bears were made from his favorite sweatshirts, with ears and footpads from coordinating plaid shirts. As Christmas gifts, they made a difficult holiday season a little easier. I was so impressed with the quality of Amy's work that I ordered three more bears…for me, my daughter, and my son. After all, we are never too old to love a teddy bear...especially one made from a loved one's clothing. We all love and cherish these special bears! Thank you, Amy!

Selyna Brown Aug 13, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! Just wow! My bear turned out absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Amy was amazing to work with! She took a shirt that I wasn’t Sure if she would be able to use the picture on the back and made it the back of the bear. Just like it was meant to be there. It turned out better than I could have imagined and it is a great way for me to have a piece of my dad right here! Than you so much.

smcdearis Oct 25, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

These turned out perfectly. Granddaddy passed this year, the same year my daughter and niece were both born so we had a bear made for them both from the shirt(s) he wore the one and only time he met them. They are priceless.

Tracy Always Apr 6, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

My dad recently passed and had some of his suede shirts. As my sister is expecting her first child I wanted to do something special since my dad won't be here to experience his grandchildren. Out of two extra extra large shirts I was able to order (4) bears from Amy and they look awesome!! So well done and high quality work. Not to mention she was so professional with her constant communication. I felt like my purchase was in good hands from start to finish and would highly recommend her.

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