Keepsake Bear – the making
This beautiful keepsake bear is made from baby clothes. Each of my keepsakes is made from clothes that hold some incredibly precious memories.
The placement of each piece of clothing has a massive impact on the appearance of the finished keepsake bear, so I invest a lot of time and thought into the planning stage.
To ensure the finished keepsake is of the highest quality I only use the best interfacing fabric to stabilise the clothes, and the best stuffing to give a smooth finished appearance.
If you would like to order one of my keepsakes click through to my order page.
As soon as I saw the clothes that this bear was to be made from I knew she would be beautiful. They included a gorgeous peach coloured lace dress with a bow and some lovely pink babygros.
The pink babygros included one with cats on (that you can see in the bottom right of the photo). I decided to use the cats on the ears as it was a great way to show them off. There were 4 types of cat so I used them on the front and back of the 2 ears.
Each of my baby clothes keepsakes is made from 8-10 babygros or an equivalent amount of clothing. That is potentially A LOT of different patterns, colours textures and fabrics to blend into a harmonious looking keepsake…
So I look at which pieces of clothing have similar textures, or colours and place these together.
With this keepsake bear I used the darker or stronger coloured clothes on the arms and legs. This clothing included a dark pink babygro with a frilly bottom. The next photo is the legs before I attached them…
The textures of the lace of the dress complimented the leg fabric perfectly, and their solid blocks of colour looked good together.
I cut the fabric for the arms in such a way as to keep the bodice top and gathered skirt detail.
If you have noticed that you can see a button at the top of this arm, it is a joint. A special type of joint called a ‘button joint’. This means you can move the bear’s arms and legs. The button joints look nice and are a lovely extra detail to have.
Two of the babygros had big panel appliques. One saying ‘Little Sister’ and the other saying ‘Mummy’s Little Cutie’. The Calico bear is made up of pretty big panels of fabric, particularly the pieces that make the body.
But these big applique panels from the babygros were to large to fit and I didn’t want to spoil them by cutting them. I always try to always show as much detail from the clothes as possible as they hold and trigger so many memories.
So I kept the panels whole and stitched them onto the front and back of the bear – perfect!
The deep pink fabric that you see on the paws with Ella’s name and date of birth on was extra precious to her mum. The picture on the babygro was sadly damaged from wear. By using the undamaged areas for the embroidery I was able to still use it and give it a prime position on the finished keepsake.
For every keepsake that I make I totally understand the feelings and emotions behind it. I know that there is only one chance to cut these clothes so the keepsake needs to be carefully crafted and perfect.
I never underestimate the trust someone places in me when they ask me to make their keepsake. I know that precious clothes can only be cut once.
Lastly I utilised a Minnie Mouse detail on the paw… If you scroll on there is a video so you can see her 360°.
If you would like to order a bear like this made from clothing that is precious to you then click this link. I can make these bears from the clothes of loved ones who have died as well as baby’s clothing
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