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

Memory Bear made with favorite shirts
Memory Bear made with running t-shirts. Saving memories by The Patchwork Bear

The Original Memory Bear

$ 128.00

The Original Memory Bear is our best-selling memory bear and one Oprah’s Favorite Things!

Your clothes hold memories from when you wore them. We help save them. Some ideas:

  • Baby clothes that mark the moment she first walked
  • Team jerseys from every one of his high school matches,
  • T-shirts from every concert you ever saw, 
  • Dresses and polos from all the places you traveled together
  • and even your wedding dress...

Measures approximately 17 inches tall and features embroidered eyes and nose for added charm and safety. Made entirely from your clothes.

    *This Memory Bear does not include custom personalization. CLICK HERE to add on personalization and other features.

    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!

    120 Reviews

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 120 reviews
    vincent B. (Longmont, US)
    Two Memory Bears

    Excellent from start to finish. Process was seamless. Bears are high quality.


    Quality work
    Excellent turn around time
    I like the option of a less expensive bear with one fabric
    I would refer to friends

    Kory v. (Everett, US)
    Amazing work! Thank you!

    I didn’t know what they were going to be able to do from the sweatshirt and beanie that I sent in. Boy was I surprised when I got the bears! Nothing short of amazing! Thank you!

    Cori (Mililani Town, US)
    Memories Forever

    The memory bear was fabulous! The quality is superb and it was so special to receive it…my heart just melted as I thought about all the past memories with my mom.

    Carla S. (Sequim, US)
    Original memory bear

    The patch bear made a teddy bear from my grandfathers WWll naval uniform, which makes it a one of a kind piece. The attention to detail is impressive and the quality of the workmanship is excellent. The uniform adds a touch of nostalgia and history to it. The bear is a great way to honor my grandfather’s service to the navy. It’s a meaningful and heartfelt way to keep his memory alive. The bear is a great conversational starter and a unique edition to my home. Overall I would highly recommend the patchwork bear to anyone looking for a special and personalized keepsake. My package arrived a few days before expected. I couldn’t have been more excited to see what had been created

    Virginia W. (High Bridge, US)
    Adam and Hana’s Quilt Bears

    When my son was a young man, I made him a special quilt. His quilt was well loved and after many years became worn and in need of repair. After sewing seams, and mending I decided to make bears for my grandchildren with his quilt. I reached out to The Patchwork Bear for help.

    When I first saw the bears The Patchwork Bear made from my sons well loved quilt, it took my breath away and brought me to tears. I am overjoyed with the beautiful quilt bears that Jen and her staff so lovingly made for my grandson and granddaughter. What a gift The Patchwork Bear created…♥️ bears that will be treasured for years to come.

    Thank you so very much!!
    Ginny Wodock

    C. W. (Louisville, US)
    This is the best keepsake gift ever!

    I was extremely happy to receive my patchwork bear as per the promised timeline, and the quality was truly exceptional! This bear will be such a lovely little time capsule for the gems I found at my new farmhouse.

    Rebecca E. (Marietta, US)
    Excellent Craftsmanship, Lovely Keepsake

    I had two bears made out of my daughter's baby clothes. They are well-made and beautiful and will be a sentimental keepsake for years to come. Excellent customer service, genuinely kind people who listened to my requests and provided an exceptional product. Thank you Patchwork Bear!

    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