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Home of the ORIGINAL Memory Bear & Oprah's Favorite Thing .

Bereavement Bear made from favorite clothes

Bereavement Bear

$ 128.00

We know it's hard to lose a loved one. Now you can have them back in your arms with a bereavement bear made from their clothes.

Perfect for when you want a dignified way to remember her in a favorite dress, the t-shirts that were so him, or the uniform they proudly wore to work every day, turn their clothing into a Bereavement Bear.

With careful attention to detail and quality workmanship, you can trust your loved ones clothes with the team here at The Patchwork Bear. Every stitch is sewn with love & respect, and we hope each bear we make for you brings comfort and happy memories for your entire family.

Your finished bereavement bear measures a perfectly huggable 17 inches tall and features embroidered eyes and nose for added charm and safety. 
This bear DOES NOT include personalization. Please CLICK HERE if you would like the feet personalized (or you can ADD-ON custom personalization on the bear's chest and/or feet).


  1. Place your order today!
  2. We email shipping instructions and a printable order form 
  3. Send us: 1-2 adult (or 4-8 child) size clothes with the order form
  4. In about 6-8 weeks, you'll receive a memory bear made entirely from the clothes you sent. 


  • We are the ORIGINAL memory bear company, started in 2003 with the goal of saving your memories by up-cyling favorite clothes. You can trust our experience, talent and heart when it comes to saving your memories. 
  • Your clothes are received and signed for by a real person, not left outside by shipping carriers with the threat of weather damage or theft
  • We have a professional sewing studio with a small, talented team of designers and makers who share the joy of creating keepsakes for you
  • We encourage your design input and requests and love to hear stories about the memories made in the clothes you send.
  • We are one of Oprah's Favorite Things and Creative Child Magazine's Product of the Year

**If you would like to give a Memory Bear as a gift, please order our Memory Bear Gift Kit. (It's the same as this memory bear, just packaged for gift giving!)

Step 1: Order your keepsake product

Step 2: We email shipping instructions and an order form

After your order is processed, we EMAIL shipping instructions & a printable order form.

(Gift Kits will ship in 2-3 days and include an order form, shipping instructions & mailing bag)

Step 3: Send your clothes to the patchwork bear

All packages sent to us are signed for upon receipt and kept in a safe, indoor location. We know your clothes are irreplaceable and we take great care throughout the process

Step 4: receive your keepsake in just a few weeks. Instant heirloom!

Please allow 4-6 weeks for memory bears & animals; 8-12 weeks for quilts & bags. May take longer during holidays (Oct-Dec). 

CONTACT US if you have a specific deadline or any questions. We can't wait to help you save your memories!

87 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 87 reviews
gazdak (Winter Springs, US)
very emotional and rewarding.

I was very excited to receive my package in the mail but then it hit me what was inside - I waited almost 2 weeks to open the box but I'm so glad I did!!! very emotional at first sadness but then happiness took over - the way they added this pocket to the shorts was so my dad and it made me very happy - I would recommend everyone purchases one of these amazing memories!!!

lorraine b. (San Luis Obispo, US)

My granddaughters chose his Hawaiian shirts. It came out great. I sew and appreciate how well it was made.

Misti L. (Lehigh Acres, US)
Memory Bear (my dad bear)

The Patchwork Bear did such an amazing job creating my “dad bear”. I am so glad I found them online. When I posted a picture of my bear I had several friends asking who created it and I have gave them the link to Patchwork Bear. I am so very happy with my Bear!

Angie S. (Hamburg, US)
Memory Bears

My siblings and I lost our father right after the holidays this past January. While sorting through all his belongings, I decided to keep a selection of his favorite shirts with the thought that I could one day have something made for each of us. After seeing an ad for The Patchwork Bear a few months later, I knew that I found the perfect options! I sent off the shirts I wanted used, with a few requests, and I recently received my bears, one for me and one for my sister, and a pillow for my brother (and one for me too). I’m so happy with the way they turned out! Dad only liked shirts with pockets, and they incorporated pockets in each item! It will be comforting to have these special reminders of our dad, especially this first Christmas without him.
I would definitely suggest The Patchwork Bear to anyone wanting to preserve memories of a loved one…

Debbie M. (Surprise, US)
Comfort bear

It is wonderful. My husband died a few months ago and it sure a comfort to be able to hug the bear made from his favorite shirts. Thanks for the idea and bring a good feeling to a grieving widow

Christie F. (Avon, US)
Absolutely Perfect - Bereavement Bear

Far surpassed my expectations! I was extremely nervous sending off the clothes and worried about how the bear would turn out! I was blow away and everyone I have shown it to says the same thing!

Megan M. (Olympia, US)
Bereavement Bear

Just received the Bereavement Bear and it turned out perfect! I couldn’t be more happy 😊

Deborah S. (Henrietta, US)
Remembering Dad

My Dad passed away unexpectedly. I purchased two Memory Bears one for my nephew and one for me; Two Memory Pillows one for my brother and one for my Mom; and two Memory hearts one for my daughter and one for my granddaughter.

My nephew has not put it down and feel "Pa" is with him. I have recommended to many.

The team took great care answering my many questions. They were caring and reached out to make sure they created them AMAZING!!!

Thank you so much - all items are amazing and will be cherished.

why us?

Why choose The Patchwork Bear to make your custom keepsake?

The Patchwork Bear has been trusted to turn your favorite clothes into keepsakes since 2005 and understand your clothing is irreplaceable- full of stains and memories. We take the utmost care of your clothes in every step of the process from receiving the clothes, to design, to creation and delivery. 

We know it is difficult to send your clothes away to be cut up, but you can trust that our talented design team will transform them into a keepsake you will love. We get to know you through the clothes you send and our goal is to create custom products from clothing that will bring back happy memories. 

award winning

One of Oprahs's Favorite Things

If OPRAH trusts us, you can too! In 2017, we were thrilled to have our Memory Bear chosen as one of Oprah's Favorite Things. 

Our products have received numerous awards and recognition, notably the Creative Child Product of the Year and Oprah's Favorite Things List. 

The Patchwork Bear x Oprah's Favorite Things