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Memory Bears made with just one special shirt
Review for a simple memory bear

A Simple Memory Bear made with one shirt

$ 98.00

As you can image, labor costs for design and sewing is our biggest expense when making custom memory bears. We're offering this SIMPLE MEMORY BEAR made from just ONE (adult sized) SHIRT and passing the savings to you!

It's just one simple memory bear made from one shirt.

NOTE: Because this bear is offered at a significant savings, we CANNOT include any add-ons or special design requests (like personalization, pocket, collar, applique, etc)

If you want to use more than one article of clothing in one bear or customize your bear, CLICK HERE to order the Original Memory Bear.

Any questions? CONTACT US and I'll be happy to get back to you. 

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!

59 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 59 reviews
Lynn M.C. (New York, US)

I absolutely LOVE my bear! U all r
The best and I wish all the success you deserve!

Joseph T. (Gaithersburg, US)

Am extremely happy with the 3 bears I received, as were my sisters. Very well made and my request on the placement of the graphics from the one shirt was done perfectly. Highly recommend The Patchwork Bear

Kathleen A.H. (Phoenix, US)
Hawaiian Memory Bear

I had the honor of taking my parents to Hawaii to visit my brother and his family a few years before they passed. They LOVED it! These were the last shirts they received so I had a bear made out of them. It brings such joyful memories. I will be forever grateful for your little company. What a beautiful creation you came up with. Blessings always!

Heidi S. (Pasco, US)
Husband Bear

Was able to give my mother in law a memory of her deceased husband from his wedding shirt. It brought tears to all our eyes. Thank you for creating this bear!

Anonymous (Detroit, US)
Love them all!

I ordered 4 bears made from my brothers t shirts. He passed away 2 years ago. I got one for our mom, one for his daughter, one for his great granddaughter he never got to meet and one for myself. All of us loved them. I will be placing an order for more soon! I would highly recommend this place 💜

Anne O. (Monterey, US)
Gram Grams dress worn at granddaughters wedding

We lost my Mom/ Gram Gram July of 2023. I sent my Moms suit that she wore for my Daughters wedding. I wanted to keep her suit in our memories forever. I received 2 unbelievably beautiful bears. I cannot thank you enough for the amazing work you did in keeping my mom close to our hearts and hold them and feel like my mom will always be with us.

Malenda S. (Florence, US)
Exceeded my expectations!

My bear turned out way better than I could ever have imagined. Such a great keepsake to remember my dad.

Debbie p. (Watsonville, US)

I made two bears from my husbands shirts. They came out wonderful and what a great memory of Papa for the grandkids. They couldnt have been cuter.

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