Custom height & weight memory bears from your clothing

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I strive to create the most professional-looking memory animals on Etsy.

CURRENT TURNAROUND TIME: approximately 3-6 weeks for custom animals, and 3-7 days for build-a-bears.


Last updated on Jul 1, 2021

Welcome to The Pretty Piggy!
I strive to create the most professional-looking memory animals on Etsy.

CURRENT TURNAROUND TIME: approximately 3-6 weeks for custom animals, and 3-7 days for build-a-bears.



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Kira Elbeyli

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Kira Elbeyli


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About ThePrettyPiggy

Sales 1,975
On Etsy since 2012

I love creating the most professional height & weight memory bears on Etsy

When my son was born, I saw a cute post on Pinterest about a memory bear, but it was pretty ugly and not well-made. So I grabbed one of his old sleepers and a bear pattern, and got to work. It came out so cute! I posted a photo of it, which has since gone viral several times on various social media. For the first year or so, I was making 10" bears that are made from just 1-2 outfits. Eventually, a customer asked if I could make a bear the same height and weight as her preemie. It sounded like a fun challenge. It took quite a bit of trial and error to find the perfect material to weight the bear. Finally, it was perfect. I then began making the only height/weight memory bears on Etsy at the time. Quickly, they became my number one seller, and my small bears sold less and less. It has been about 4 years since I started them, and now I have perfected the way I make them, from the patterns, to the interfacing, to the weights, to the way we cut them. Now a few other sellers offer weighted bears, but I haven't really seen any that are height/weight like mine are (likely due to the incredible amount of work it took to make so many patterns for each animal type). I have an assistant who help me with cutting out animals, as well as stuffing them and hand-sewing. I recently added a second seamstress from Virginia, who will be sewing bears for me. I love hearing your stories, looking at your photos and birth announcements, and making gorgeous heirlooms for your family. My specialty is working with those tiny baby clothes. I can't wait to create something for you.

Shop members

  • Kira

    Owner, Designer, Seamstress

    My name is Kira. I've been designing and selling dresses online since 2009. In 2016, I started making memory bears. It has become my specialty. I strive to make the most professional actual height & weight memory animals on Etsy.

  • Hannah


    Hannah cuts out most of my bear, big head bear, and bunnies for me. She also stuffs animals & hand sews them closed.

  • Terri


    Terri is joining our team to assist in sewing bears! She is an excellent seamstress from Virginia.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 29, 2020
Welcome to The Pretty Piggy!

Professional memory animals, custom made for you.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Because my items are custom, one-of-a-kind, and/or personalized, no refunds or exchanges are allowed.
If you have any problem with your purchase, please let me know as soon as possible so I can make it right.
Payment must be completed before production of your item will begin.
Turnaround time is approx. 5-8 weeks.

Your item will ship via USPS 1-3 day priority mail (6-10 days international). U.S. shipping is included in your price.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please send clothing items for your animal within 2 weeks of order. If it has not been received in a month, I may cancel/refund your order.
Your privacy is important to me. I never disclose your address or information.

I do post photos to my Instagram and Facebook of the animals. If you ordered embroidery, the information embroidered may be visible in the photos. Please message me if you do not want me to post photos of your animal.

More information

Last updated on Jan 7, 2019
Frequently asked questions
How do I purchase a custom memory bear?

-Purchase the animal of your choice in my etsy shop.
-I will send you my mailing address after I have received your order.
-You send me the outfit(s) you would like the bear made from.
-After I receive your outfit, please allow about 10-12 weeks for me to make your bear.
-I will ship the bear back to you.

Can I use another clothing item for a memory bear instead of a baby sleeper?

-Yes! I can make your bear out of any clothing item. Examples include shirts, pants, uniforms, and blankets.