Memory Bear

(9 customer reviews)


“I had a teddy bear and a heart pillow made for my 2 kids from their Grandfather’s flannel shirts. The pictures on the website accurately showed what we received. They are both extremely well-made. They bring great comfort to my kids.”
Kristen from DE

This is an 18″ stuffed bear that is handcrafted and personalized. Memory Bears can commemorate any special occasion. Send us any special clothing item such as a t-shirt from a grad’s alma mater, or sports team, a wedding, first communion or baptism. A Memory Bear can also be made to remember a loved one. See more details below.

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Our Bears

This eighteen inch handmade Keepsake Memory Bear is made from a loved one’s shirt, dress, top, blue jeans, robe, jacket or other items. The personalized memory bear has button eyes and a felt nose for added charm. Each bear is an one-of-a-kind creation.

We know it’s hard to lose a loved one. Now you can have them back in your arms with a bereavement bear made from their clothes.

Perfect for when you want a dignified way to remember them in a favorite dress, the t-shirts that they always wore or even the uniform they proudly wore to work every day.

With careful attention to detail and quality workmanship, you can trust your loved ones clothes with us. Every stitch is sewn with love & respect, and we hope each bear we make brings comfort and happy memories for your entire family. Visit How to Order if you still have questions.



How long does it take to finish the bear?
Your custom-created, heirloom-quality, keepsake will ship to you within the time frame based on the number of items ordered. This is outlined on the How to Order page. If you are ordering 1-5 items, your order typically ships within 6-8 weeks.

Can a bear be made from more than one garment?
Yes, order our Patchwork Memory Bear.

Can a bear be made from clothing other than shirts?
Yes, as long as the clothing has enough fabric for the pieces I need to cut. The bears I make are larger than most, so we’ll need to ensure there is enough. If there isn’t, we can always use another garment.

Where do I send the shirts?
Memory Lane Boutique
P.O.Box 150
Cooleemee, NC 27014

How much is shipping?
Shipping is calculated at checkout. International orders, please contact me for shipping.

Additional information

Dimensions 18 in

9 reviews for Memory Bear

  1. Julie

    Denise made a bear for me to give my grandson when he lost his dad (my son). My grandson was 6 at the time and 2 yrs later he still holds on to that bear when he spends the night. The bear is made from one of my sons shirts and it really gives comfort to my grandson. Denise has a true talent. I highly recommend her memory bears!

  2. Hayley agers

    So excited to see these as my mom‘s best friend of 30 years recently passed away. I’m hoping to have a bear made and it only for my mom but for her husband. I see you make pillows out of neckties but could you make a necktie out of an old piece of her clothing as her husband is a professor and where is a necktie every day. Hoping to get this order to you soon. It’s a very recent death and I have to be sensitive about asking for the clothing.

  3. Kim Saltz (verified owner)

    I have used Memory Lane Boutique on many occasions, starting with my dad’s death in 2015. I remember being so afraid to part with his shirts. What if they got lost? Instead, Denise made sure to let me know when they arrived safely. She also notified me right before she returned the finished bears to me. Every grandchild now has a “Moby Bear” to love. I have one as well and every time I see it, it brings a smile to my face.

    I have since bought memory bears over the years for family and friends who have lost loved ones, and the bears never cease to provide comfort and happiness. The quality of the bears is top notch and Denise makes them so adorable. I highly recommend Memory Lane Boutique and I will continue to use Denise as long as she is in business.

    Kim Saltz

  4. Katrina Skeens (verified owner)

    Love my Memory Bears. Denise does an excellent job.

  5. Kristen Wallace (verified owner)

    I had a teddy bear and a heart pillow made for my 2 kids from their Grandfather’s flannel shirts. The pictures on the website accurately showed what we received. They are both extremely well-made. They bring great comfort to my kids.
    Kristen from DE

  6. lablawat (verified owner)

    When my son died I wanted something to hold onto. I found the bears then I studied all the sites and found Memory Lane Boutiques were the ones I liked best. I had a very difficult time mailing out my sons sweatshirts but Denise emailed when they arrived and also prior to making the bears to get my acceptance first. Very thoughtful of her. I had 4 bears made, one for each of my immediate family. They all totally loved them❤️Could not have asked for anything more. I then had bears made from my mom to her great granddaughters and a pillow for myself. Thank you Denise for honoring my loved ones with such care and love!

  7. jake67jake (verified owner)

    We lost my dad to Alzheimer’s Christmas Day 2016. To say that it was hard is an understatement. I visited Mom a few months later, and “stole” one of Dad’s shirts to send to you to make a bear. I gave it to her later that year.
    She cried and cried… which made us all cry. She LOVED it. It was one of Dad’s favorite shirts — he was a cowboy at heart and always wore the snap front, plaid style shirts. He had literally dozens of them.
    Mom sleeps with the bear and it stays on their bed during the day. She cherishes it because of the memories that it brings. And for a minute, she can almost believe she’s hugging Dad.
    Thank you so much!

  8. Susan Ulfig (verified owner)

    I am so thankful for this company, we sent down my mother’s clothing they sent back 8 large bears that were done beautifully, I shared them with my siblings and my children.
    It used to make me sad when I would see my mother’s clothing in the closet, now I see beautiful bears that truly bring a smile to my face.

    Thank you so much for your care and fine detail. I even explained that I would be seeing my siblings soon and you rushed the order so I could have them in time.

    Thank you so much and God bless you and your business.

  9. Marlene Meister

    I can’t say enough about the memory bears that I had made. The detail was perfect and was very touching to receive something to give my grandkids to hold onto from their Uncle. I highly recommend Memory Lane!

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