A few days ago I finished making a very special memory bear. I used two of my Grandma’s shirts to make a bear for my dad. It got me to thinking about all the bears I’ve made throughout the last two years. Last year I made a series of videos all about making memory bears, but after making 50+ bears I definitely have even more tips and info to share. Today I’m focusing on answering as many of the questions I’ve received about using clothing for memory bears.
In Fall 2017 I made a huge rag quilt for a friend using their loved one’s clothing. I had some leftover pieces left over, so as a surprise I made a memory bear. I wanted to try out the pattern and thought it was the perfect opportunity. If the bear turned out I would gift it to my friend. If it failed no one would ever know about it. Well, as you can assume, the bear was amazing! My friend was completely surprised and loved it.
Word got out and orders started rolling in and I made many, many, many bears. But no matter how many bears I make, I can not make one for everyone who wants one so I taught you all how to make them to. I posted several videos last year showing everything from selecting a good pattern to sewing the final stitches. I had no idea how many people would watch the videos and make their own bears!
I have LOVED seeing the bears you all create and hearing the stories about who they are for and the clothing used! It makes my heart happy to know the tutorials I make have such a positive impact on people’s lives! Some people reached out to me and said the VERY FIRST thing they ever sewed was a memory bear using my step by step tutorial. How amazing is that?!?
I do still get messages, most of them pertaining to the clothing aspect of making bears. How to get started. What kinds of clothing can be used and more. So today I’m sharing everything you need to know to transform clothing into memory bears
I get asked quite often if I make memory pillows or will show how to make them. Today I wanted to share why I don’t make memory pillows. Pillow shams can be *washed and dried as needed *changed as often... Continue reading →
After posting my step-by-step memory bear tutorial earlier this year I got TONS of requests to show how I made some of my bears look like they are wearing overalls. This was a fun little detail I came up with... Continue reading →
This week I wanted to share a fun upcycling project. I have been making a lot of pillow shams lately using upcycled materials and wanted to share the process with you all. Since I was without a serger for about... Continue reading →
We all have that pile of t-shirts that are so special to us, but we no longer wear them. Today I’ll be showing how to transform those shirts into an amazing one of a kind quilt full of memories. My... Continue reading →
Now that I’ve shown how to make a memory bear (find that playlist HERE) it’s time for all my BONUS TIPS! These are all the best tips to help your bears go from good to amazing! Even if you have... Continue reading →
It’s finally here; the week I know you all have been waiting for! This week I’m showing step-by-step how to sew a memory bear! I have been making tons of bears for Whitney Sews Memories and can’t wait to teach... Continue reading →
It’s time for another addition to my memory bear sewing series! This week I’m showing how to hand sew a ladder stitch. This stitch is so important for finishing any stuffed animal. The ladder stitch is pretty simple to do... Continue reading →
When it comes to finding a great pattern not all are created equal! This is definitely the case when looking for a memory bear pattern that will give you a finished bear you love. I wanted to share some patterns... Continue reading →
This week I’m kicking off my memory bear series! I am so excited to be able to share all my tips and tricks so you can make your own beautiful memory bears! In the series I’ll be covering all my... Continue reading →