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

Bereavement Bear made from your loved one's clothes with a poem printed directly on the fabric
Bereavement Bear made from your loved one's clothes with a poem printed on white fabric in black letters
Bereavement Bear made with favorite clothes including a poem printed directly on fabric

Bereavement Bear with poem

$ 140.00
This Bereavement Bear is made entirely from your loved one's clothes and includes this special poem on your bear's chest that says, 

"These are the clothes I used to wear. 
When you hold me, know I am there."

This is a heat transfer placed directly onto the bear in white or black letters
Your finished bereavement bear measures a perfectly huggable 17 inches tall and features embroidered eyes and nose for added charm and safety.
  1. Place your order here.
  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. Please allow 6-8 weeks to create this keepsake for you (+shipping time)
  • We are the ORIGINAL memory bear company, started in 2003 with the goal of saving your memories by upcyling 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
This bear DOES NOT include personalization. Please order HERE if you would like to add personalization. 
**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!

9 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Rhonda W. (Loomis, US)

The bears were wonderful

Breck C. (Fond du Lac, US)
Bereavement bear

The Bear you made out of my grandfather's shirts turned out incredible! I cried when I saw it, when I gave it to my grandma she cried too. She absolutely loves it. Thank you so much, you did amazing work!

Sonny C. (Brooklyn, US)
Everything I expected

Thank you for making my the memory bear I ordered. We lost our son, and the shirt that was sent was his favorite shirt, and his mother’s favorite shirt. So she wanted something that the can have close and the team a patchwork made it happen. THANK YOU!


This company continues to amaze me. They transformed 3 dresses from the 1960’s and made three of the most perfect keepsake bears. I am blown away at how beautiful they are!!

Joshua P. (Philadelphia, US)

Had two made to remember my late Wife (one for her Mother and one for my Son) - extremely happy with communication on suggested pattern/usage throughout the process. Ended up expanding to also utilize the clothes on an additional pillow to get the most out of the logos etc. Finished items look outstanding and I absolutely feel I got great great value and service. Highly recommend.

Gail F. (Sumter, US)
Daughters reminder of her dad

After my husband passed awarmy daughter in-law mentioned she wanted some of his shirts. He generally worn button down shirts and it would be a great way to share his memories with family members. Got the first one for out daughter’s birthday 🥰

Sharon P. (Mount Clemens, US)

The bears were sewed to perfection . I love them. can't wait to show them to my adult children.

Maricruz S. (Dallas, US)

Loved every single detail!

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