Memory Bears: 11 Insider Tips to Make One
Hi, I wrote a really popular post on my 11 insider tips to make a memory bear, back in 2018. In it I gave away all the info I had learnt from making hundreds of keepsakes. That post has now moved, and to read it click HERE
Memory bear sewing pattern
Since then I have written my own memory bear pattern -Charlie Bear- which I designed using my knowledge gained from keepsake making. The pattern is available to buy HERE.
Memory bear pattern tutorial
If you are interested in my memory bear pattern I know you will be happy to know I have written a photo tutorial for the pattern. In the tutorial I have a photo of every stage of how to make your memory bear, and my tips and techniques to make a really lovely quality bear with a professional standard finish. The photo tutorial is available HERE.
Here is one of my memory bears, sewn using my Charlie Bear pattern.
I created the pattern to be unjointed, but to mimic the look of jointed bears. Having made lots of keepsakes I know that making the 5 separate elements of the head/body, the arms and the legs, then stuffing and ladder stitching all 5, then attaching the limbs adds a lot of extra time to the process.
Making memory bears as a business
By offering an unjointed bear I can offer my customers a lower priced bear, and you can do the same if you are making memory bears as a business. And if you are buying this pattern to use for personal use you know the making process will be quicker and easier for you, but still look lovely at the end.