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 is fully jointed and 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 we cannot use long haired fur or real/faux leather fabrics
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Helen was professional, kind and caring. I was kept informed from my clothes being received to the day my keepsake came back to me. The workmanship is of very high standard it was perfect.I would highly recommend in fact I have just ordered two more. Thank you Helen
My teddy was beautifully crafted from a cardigan of my late father. I explained to Helen how dad was well known for his cardigan wearing and she was able to capture the essence of dad and his cardigan in the teddy. The whole process from ordering to receipt has been very easy with regular updates through email. Beautiful craftmanship with an eye for detail and ease of ordering I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a special keepsake.
Our beautiful mum passed away in January, and due to restrictions we could finally meet up as a family to celebrate her life, and what better thing to make them memories complete, was to have these beautiful bears and bunny made from mums silk wedding dress, and other cherished clothes. On behalf of myself and family a massive thankyou! We will definitely order again in the future
The whole process of sending the fabric and hearing it had safely reached Lily Grace to receiving the precious box of the five beautiful bears made with love, care and meticulous detail was truly amazing. Thank you for these Treasured Memory Bears for each of my ‘grown up’ children. We have hade tears but lots of smiles.
Lily Grace Keepsakes have made two Teddies for my two newly born grandchildren. Using items from my late wife’s wardrobe, we now have wonderful reminders of my wife and superbly made Teddies! Thankyou so much Lilly Grace Keepsakes!
I had a memory bear made from one of my late dad's shirts early this year and absolutely love it. I thought this would be such a wonderful present for my friend who friend who lost her mother in May. This is the 2nd bear I have had made and again Helen has not let me down, it is so beautifully made with such love and care. My friend was so delighted with it. Such a great keepsake thank you again Helen
I ordered two memory bears for my children from Lily Grace Keepsakes a few months ago. They were made using some of my wonderful late mum-in-law’s clothes. Helen consulted me a few times over several aspects of the bears as we went along, making sure I was happy.
The bears arrived back about 10 weeks later beautifully boxed up, and the quality and workmanship of the bears is really lovely. They’ve been so thoughtfully made, and my daughters love them!
I would definitely recommend Lily Grace Keepsakes
I cannot thank Helen enough for the care and love she puts into her work. The teddy and cushion are made to an extremely professional standard, but obviously made with love. Completely above and beyond any expectations I had. Thankyou so much.
I am absolutely thrilled with this teddy bear keepsake made from my late husbands clothing. It is an absolute delight and will be loved for many years to come, both by me and my family. Helen’s customer care and skill is second to none. Thank you so much.
Helen was extremely professional from start to finish. She ensured I was fully informed of every step of the process and her friendly accommodating persona shone through over emails.
She listened to my endless ideas for use of the materials provided whilst suggesting ways to tie them all together, resulting in a bear that was simply gorgeous.
My bear is a stunning tribute to my late mother and will be a cherished possession of my daughter. It is beautifully and expertly made, so much so that I have ordered another for my brother!
This is my 3rd memory bear, so I think that speaks volumes for Helens work. Each bear has been beautifully made & Helen keeps you involved all the way through the process. I can’t thank her enough for these wonderful bears .
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...