Handmade Memory Bear - Keepsake Bear - Teddy Bear from Shirts or Fabric with Add-on PAW PATCH


Handmade MEMORY Teddy Bear - KEEPSAKE Teddy Bear - Memory Bear - Custom Order Teddy Bear - Toy Teddy Bear - Stuffed Teddy Bear

I AM NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR PRODUCTION OF MEMORY BEARS in MID-JANUARY 2018. My schedule is jam packed full of orders for Christmas delivery and after. Thank you to all my past and current customers of Memory Bears. I love making these and look forward to making many more in the future.

NOTE: ALL photos above are of actual custom ordered bears. They cannot be purchased. Your bear will be representative of the fabric you send to make a bear. With your purchase, you also give permission for me to use photos of your completed bear for marketing purposes. I have many more photos available of bears. Please let me know if you are looking for something that is not shown above.

Listing is for a custom made-to-order Teddy Bear. Teddy Bear can be a MEMORY BEAR or KEEPSAKE BEAR and made from fabric supplied by you from the clothing, for example, from a loved one, that you wish to memorialize or any other special type of teddy bear.

PLEASE keep in mind, these bears are keepsake bears and not necessarily meant for play and NOT recommended for children under age 3.

I can make teddy bears from any fabric that you desire, except silk, taffeta, or lace, whether the fabric is used or new. Also, stretch knits are not the best. (see REQUIRED below). Sweaters made of yarn are not a good idea for a bear, but OK for a memorial pillow.

Bears can be made from one fabric or from a variety of fabrics in one bear. Two or more fabrics would be acceptable to use for 1 bear and I can determine fabric placements from what is provided or follow your instructions for placement.

OPTIONAL Memorial Patch: A hand-embroidered (cross-stitch) memorial patch with the phrase "This is a shirt I used to wear. When you hold it, know that I am there. Love, XXX" or something similar. This is shown in the last photo above. Please add this option at checkout when you purchase the bear. This is also hand made by me.

OPTIONAL Paw Patch: Another hand-embroidered memorial patch which is put on the paw of the bear. I can make these in white, ivory, black or tan colored cloth. I will do my best to match the color to the fabrics in the bear. This option is the last option in the list. Please add it to your order if you want this option for your bear. You can see a sample in the 2nd to last photo above.

REQUIRED - Lining for Bears to be made from t-shirts, stretchy fabrics or light weight fabrics is required. This option MUST be purchased for each bear you want made of these fabrics; cotton t-shirts, any 100% polyester fabrics, silk or silk-like fabrics, lightweight cottons, spandex, etc.

I would need from you:

~~ Desired fabric(s) for bear; shirts or blouses, jackets, etc., from a loved one or any other source; fabric must be clean and in quality condition to sustain future use and wear. Any other embellishment you may like to add, i.e., bow tie, neck tie, scarf, hair bow, handkerchief, earrings, necklace, etc. Or, embellishments can be made from the alternate fabrics provided. I will use buttons, collars, and pockets from an existing shirt and apply them to the bear, if possible. (Fabric must be clean and odor free, as I am allergic to strong odors and dust mites, which live in worn, unclean clothing. Thank you).

~~ Size L or XL shirts = 1 Bear; 20" or 22", long sleeved shirts are better.

~~ Size M or S shirts only for 20" bear; long sleeved shirts are better. Short sleeved shirts will require 2 shirts for 1 bear.

I will provide:

~~ Felt for nose and buttons for eyes, polyfill for stuffing and matching threads.

Allow 2-3 business days for construction of 1 bear after purchase and arrival of required fabrics. Each bear takes considerable time to cut and construct.


1. ADD TO CART this listing. Give me any specifics you prefer for your bear in the Notes section at checkout. Follow the complete purchase process on Etsy. Payments accepted on Etsy through Direct Checkout with your credit card, Google Wallet or Paypal.

2. Mail to me the fabrics/shirts/bedding, etc. you want me to use. Please mail with a tracking number so the package can be found if lost. Please mail to :

Virginia Vertz
VKV Designs
885 Arthur Dr. Apt. 4
Milton, WI 53563

3. Any substantially unused fabrics will be returned to you (unless otherwise noted by you) and will be accounted for in the shipping costs. Small and unusable pieces will be thrown away.

4. I will notify you when I receive the fabrics so you know I have them and will give you a time frame of completion.

If you live locally to me in Milton, WI, fabrics may be dropped at my home and bears can be picked up to eliminate shipping costs.

I'm looking forward to providing a lasting memorial for you representing your loved one.

A listing for Memory Pillow made from a shirt can be found here https://www.etsy.com/listing/271525335/memory-keepsake-pillow-shirt-memory?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=shirt.

If you have any questions regarding this item, please convo me within Etsy with your questions.

Thanks for shopping at VKV Designs!


~~ My store has Direct Checkout for easy shopping with your credit card; and, also,
~~ I accept Paypal payments

Shipping from United States

** Shipping fees listed are only for continental United States only and do not include shipping rates to Alaska or Hawaii. If you live in one of these states, there may be an upcharge to ship to you. If you do not wish to pay the upcharge, the order will be cancelled and your payment will be refunded.

I only ship items to the 50 United States of America.

** All items are shipped with care for secure delivery.

** OF NOTE: I LIKE MY PLANET, therefore, I do recycle boxes and other shipping materials, as often as possible.


**All VINTAGE items are sold in AS IS DESCRIBED condition and are not returnable.

**Please read descriptions carefully and make no assumptions.

**If you have any questions regarding the item in question, please convo me.

**I will provide as much information as possible to clearly and accurately describe all of my products for sale.



** Custom Orders will not be started without full payment from the customer.
** Custom Orders are returnable only for faulty workmanship.


** All hand made items are returnable only for faulty workmanship.

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