Our beautifully handmade keepsake Memory Bears are made from your children’s or adult loved ones clothes and are a unique gift to give for a special occasion or as a wonderful keepsake in memory of a mother, father, grandparents or other family member.
Our Ted Memory Bear design measures 14.5 inches tall from head to toe, sitting down it measures 12 inches (30cm). This style of keepsake bear has safety eyes and nose and has a colour co-ordinating ribbon around its neck. Included in the price you can specify up to 25 characters of personalisation on one or both paws.
How Does It Work?
Step 1 -Enter your Personalisation in the boxes above.
Step 2 -Click Add to Cart and go through to payment.
Step 3 -You will immediately receive a confirmation email with our mailing address included. Simply package the clothing and send it to our address.
Step 4- Once your clothing items are received, your memory bear keepsake will be created with the greatest care and sent back to you within our current turnaround time which is updated on our home page.
6-8 baby grows per memory bear (3-6 months size or larger) or if your baby clothes are 0-3 months size please send 8-10 items
1+ pieces of adult clothing (we can make a bear from 1 adult shirt, however you can send more if you would like pattern variation throughout the keepsake)
Please note that our memory bear keepsakes are not meant to withstand rough play, they are really for display. We use plastic safety noses and eyes, although these could still be pulled out by a young child. Our keepsakes are meant to be admired as you remember your loved one wearing their clothing.
How many items of clothing do I need to send?
This may differ depending on the product you are ordering whether it is an adult bear or a child's clothing keepsake, all the specific details you will need will be contained within the description of the item you are ordering however generally, for memory bears, we recommend using between 6-8 baby grows per bear (3-6 months size or larger) 8-10 grows/vests for newborn size. We can create an adult bear from one item of clothing or if you would like a more varied pattern then you can send between 2 to 6 items. Please feel free to make notes with the clothes when you send them about which ones are most important to you.
Can I send you more items if I want to?
You can send more if you wish, this could be for either a more varied pattern combination, if you specifically want all the items to be included in your memory keepsake or want a certain item of your clothing to be incorporated. You must specify your requirements or which items you want us to use first within your package when your clothing is sent to us. Any items that are completely unused will be returned to you with your completed order.
What do you do if I send you too many items or not enough?
If you want to send more items that we recommend (6-8 items) please include a note when you send them to let us know which ones you want to be used first. If we are able to incorporate all of your items we will, but any items that are completely unused will be returned to you with your completed order. If you haven’t sent us enough fabric to create your keepsake, we will contact you and and ask you to send us a few more items.
What types of clothing can I send? We can work with most types of fabric, all except for really thick items such as leather. All of our bears are lined with interfacing which stabilizes more stretchy fabrics and enables us to create a high quality finish on all of our bears and cushions.
What condition do the clothes need to be in?
The clothing items you send us should be in a good condition that is suitable for cutting out and re-stitching together. If an item is in a bad condition, too worn or unclean and we think may affect the quality of our final product, we will get in contact to discuss further. If you are in any doubt about the condition of an item you want to send us or have any other questions about them please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check.
How do I send you the clothing?
Please take care when sending your clothing items please pack them securely ideally in a box or plastic, brown paper does tend to tear in the postal system therefore we don't recommend this type of packaging and please always send by recorded delivery to minimise the chance of loss or any damage. We will also let you know when we have received them, this will be to your email provided when you ordered via our website. If you don’t receive your confirmation email, please contact us to check we've received them.
How long will my order take to arrive?
Once your clothing items are received, your keepsake will be created with the greatest care and sent to you within 10 weeks (this occasionally may be a little longer due to high demand) via recorded delivery. If you need your keepsake item before this time, please let us know in the requirements comments box when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate your request. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Can my child play with the keepsake?
Your keepsake animal is for you and your child to admire and to treasure, however it is made from used clothing items, it cannot be CE tested and therefore it should not be treated as a toy. Some of our bears have moving joints and these are attached with a button and thread and therefore it needs to be treated very carefully. Your child may hold the keepsake to give it a gentle hug, but we advise that they be always supervised whilst doing so.
I am totally blown away with my bear. I had a bear made from one of my late Dad's shirts which I absolutely loved him in. I am amazed with how beautiful my bear has been made with such love and care and cannot thank Helen of Lily Grace Keepsakes enough. Excellent communicationm and such a fantastic experience. Thank you again...
absolutely fantastic service, from start to finish the whole process is amazing, i love my bear that was made from my dads rugby shirt, it is something i can keep and treasure, thank you so much for providing such a thoughtful and fantastic service
My daughter found your site and we decided to order a bear for my husband, her pa, Rob in memory of his dear Dad Reg. We sent a pair of Reg’s pyjamas off and Helen let us know as soon as they arrived safely. We were kept updated throughout & sent pictures of our bear in early February before he was posted out to us. Reg bear arrived and we couldn’t have been more happy, he has such a lovely, kind smiling face. When we gave him to Rob he was emotional but so happy. He said it brings back to many memories and is one of his favourite things. Thank you so much x
Fantastic experience. I was kept informed throughout the process and was even sent photos to make sure I was happy. My bear arrived home and I was over the moon. He is gorgeous and will be treasured by my daughter.
I can only recommend Lily Grace Keepsakes. I have contacted them in September for a Christmas project. She told me she would do her very best to have the three keepsakes finished for Christmas and ske kept her promise. I received those three beautiful bears perfectly on time and they look absolutely amazing! I have been told at Christmas that this was the most beautiful gifts they ever received. So win-win! Thank you very much for this excellent service my darling!
I wanted something for our Great Nephew to remember his Grampy with as he passed away before he was born. Was so pleased with the service. Helen rang me to confirm what I wanted written on the bear and was so helpful with advice. I was also really pleased with the quality of the bear. It really meant a lot to us. Time scales were accurate too.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lily Grace to anyone.I can't thank them enough for the care and thoughtful service given to me. From sending them my husband favourite shirts after his passing to recieving the most beautiful memory bears.
I had two bears made in memory of my son and nephew's Great Grandad. Obviously given the nature of the bears (clothing items belonging to Great Grandad) I was nervous to send them off but I had no reason to be at all. Lily Grace Keepsakes kept me informed throughout the process and the finished products are so much better than I had hoped for, even accommodating a small extra I had asked for. I really couldn't recommend them enough! As the title says, absolutely amazing, we will cherish the bears forever. Thank you!
I am so glad I used ‘ Lily Grace Keepsake’, they made me four keepsake bears the quality of the bears are second to none. Three of the bears are being sent to my friends in Texas, USA in memory of a dear American friend. Would I recommend them, yes in a heartbeat.
Thank you so much Lily Grace Keepsake
Many thanks to you all at Lily Grace for my two beautiful bears. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness you showed in the cutting out and placing of the material I sent to you. These bears are a memento of my beautiful daughter who sadly passed away with breast cancer leaving two wonderful grandsons. They will be cherished immensely
I was very pleased with keepsake bear information up dates were worded so lovely would like to thank Helen so much for such a perfect bear & k the person i purchased it for will get a lot off comfort from the gift
The memory bear made out of my late husband's dressing gown was beautiful. The care and attention to detail taken in the making of him was exceptional, I can't thank Lily Grace keepsakes enough and would highly recommend them.
Thank you Lily Grace Keepsakes for making a beautiful Teddy out of my mother in laws blouse, a gift for my sister in law.
Helen kept me up to date with their progress and thoughtfully emailed me photos of the finished bear before sending it on to me. I found the service they provided second to none and the quality of the bear just outstanding. Thank you Helen x