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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!

    131 Reviews

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 131 reviews
    Regina R. (Apple Valley, US)
    Quality workmanship!

    I have ordered from The Patchwork Bear several times for myself and all family members! Absolutely gorgeous bears, rabbits, and quilts. The make wonderful keepsakes.❤️

    Heather G. (Greenville, US)
    Graduating Fellows

    We wanted something special for our graduating fellows and what better way than to make a keepsake with their personal white coat worn during training! You did a fantastic job and have started a new tradition with our fellowship. We look forward to many years of making memories with you!

    Giulia H. (Elkton, US)

    There's a certain sentimental allure to the idea of this bear. It's crafted from a police uniform, the child's father and that personal connection adds a layer of potential warmth. Unfortunately, the execution falls short. The dark fabric overwhelms the bear's form, making it difficult to see the playful essence of a teddy bear. While the concept of honoring Dad's service is touching, the result feels more like a somber reminder than a cuddly companion.

    Barbara K. (Austin, US)
    Flannel sweetness

    I sent in two of my father’s flannel shirts for the Patchwork Bear. I love it and especially the shirt pocket they used for a pocket on the bear. My dad loved pockets. Thank you for this darling keepsake that is a perfect tribute to my dad.

    Leanna (Yorktown, US)
    The best gift to give yourself as a parent

    Her coming home outfit to her first birthday.
    Her first Christmas at 15 days old. Her first smiles and the first time she laughed. The first time she walked.
    Her Daddy's old pajamas she also wore, a couple of favorites in between and her first bow. This bear is a tangible story of our first year together.
    Thank you for creating such a special piece for the memories to live on and not just stashed in a box for years to come

    Terry D. (Northville, US)
    Thankful to The Patchwork Bear Team

    I am thankful to the team for making something so special that I will cherish the rest of my life.

    I ordered two memory bears and they both were absolutely beautiful. The skill level and vision the team has is beyond words.

    I thank them again.


    I received my bears made with my late husband’s Hawaiian shirts. The workmanship is excellent and very pleased with the quality. I am so happy that I ordered as the bears will be keepsakes.

    Highly recommend

    Jason R. (Taunton, US)
    LOVE IT!!!

    Patchwork Bear did a TERRIFIC JOB creating a unique, one-of-a-kind keepsake. This bear means more than you can imagine!!! Thanks so much!!!

    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