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MB Fabric

Standard Jointed Fabric-Based Bears

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We make fabric memory bears from one or two different pieces of clothing. We can make these teddy bears from just about any shirt, pants, robe, jacket, blanket, pajamas or garment you have in mind (except wedding dresses, they are a special category). These memory bears have jointed arms and legs that allow them to move up and down.  This also allows the bear to sit on its own for easy display.

Non-Jointed Fabric Bear

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We now offer a soft, hug-able non-jointed memory bear option.  Without the joints, we can under-stuff the bear to make it more cuddly and squishy.  Although this bear does not have paw pads, we can still put embroidery on the foot pad and use an accent color. Without joints, this bear doesn’t sit on its own but it is a great option for younger children who want something to hug and sleep with.

Onesie Bear

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We can turn an infant onesie into a huggable custom teddy Bear. The smaller onesies (0-6mos) work best. In order to keep the original onesie arms and legs as much as possible, we end up having to add a contrast fabric. You can send another garment for us to work with, or we will add some of our own fabric at no additional cost.


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Each bear has acrylic safety-lock eyes, plastic nose and comes with a satin ribbon or simple scarf.

Pricing

  • $95 (plus shipping) for a 10″-14″ jointed bear
  • $105 (plus shipping) for a 16″ or 18″ jointed bear
  • $125 (plus shipping) for a 20″ jointed bear
  • $85 (plus shipping) for a 16″ non-jointed bear
  • $75 (plus shipping) for a 14″ non-jointed bear
  • $105 Onesie Bear (0-6 mos size onesie)

Add-Ons:

  • $18 Premium German Glass Eyes (These are a special order and are available in three color options: Brown, Blue and old fashioned Shoe Button Black. (Glass eyes are NOT child safe.)
  • $18 to embroider two (2) initials on one foot per bear (Because the foot pad is not that large, we are limited to two (2) initials per foot.)
  • $18 to embroider initials or name on scarf (I do not have a large, industrial embroidery machine so am limited to a 4″ space but I can put a name on each scarf)
  • Clothing: (I can make the clothing from additional clothing you send, or from the lining of a coat, or from my own selection of fabrics. the cost is the same)

$20 to make a vest
$25 to make a shirt/jacket/jumper
$40 to make a full custom outfit

  • $25 to insert an in-stock 18 note music box We have a limited music selection in stock (check the order form for our current tunes). If you have a specific melody you’d like, you can either supply the music box, or I can try to find it. I will charge the normal $25 insert cost plus whatever the music box costs.

Shipping Information

Shipping is $15 for the first memory bear and $5 per each additional bear. We are located in Dayton, Ohio (45402).

photo badge$18 Photo Badge Send us a photo of your loved one wearing the garment–or just a favorite picture–and we’ll make a badge that can be pinned to your bear. You can email a digital photo or put a photo in with your order.

How to Order

Order formClick the Order Form Graphic and Download the PDF order form.  Fill it out for the type of bear (s) you want.  Send it, along with your garment and payment to:

Fairy Godmother Creations
1001 E Second St #3140
Dayton Ohio 45402

If you you have additional questions or just want to talk to a human being before making your decision, you can contact me at.

Phone: 937-231-5025

Email:Liane@fairygodmothercreations.com

For some reason, AOL doesn’t always allow my emails through. If you have emailed me and don’t receive a response within 24 hours, it means I either didn’t get your email, or my response did not make it to you.

 

Here are a few photo samples of our jointed memory bears, just click on the photo to see more detail

SRbeara01webSRbearc02webMom's Treasured Clothing Becomes Charming Memory BearsA Pair of Bears for Mom and SisterThree Memory Bears for Three Special FriendsButton Down ShirtsJoyce sent me a terry cloth robe, a pair of sweat pants and a shirt. They all belonged to a good friend who passed away. She wanted bears made for her friend's wife and two children. The mix of fabrics made for very bright bears.Deb wanted a special bear made for her daughter's birthday. She sent two sweatshirts with the same graphic on them. We were able to make an applique from the graphic and put it right across the tummy of the bear.Irene Blundell sent us quite a little pile of different garments to have six specific bears made. She wanted two bears with hats and ties from her late husbands garments, two bears from her late mother's robe and night gown and two bears made from a couple of pairs of shorts that were a family joke that her late husband shared in.Robert Wilhelm sent us a sweater jacket that belonged to his late son who passed away in 1968. He wanted three bears made for this three granddaughters. The jacket had a lot of condition issues but we were able to make three 12" bears from it.MB-Pan-husband bearHere is a small photo album of some more of the memory bears we made in November and December. We worked with just about every kind of fabric and fur known to mankind I thinkTodd Thompson sent his late grandfather's robe to have these lovely 24" bears made for his two daughters.Rebecca Morrow Hugh sent some of her late brother-in-law's shirts to have memory bears made for her sister and niece. We mixed the shirt colors to create these two unique bears.Sandy Romkey sent her late brother's shirt to have a memory bear made and sent to her sister-in-law. She had also included a little note that we mounted on to a piece of card stock and put into a matching mini envelope that we attached to the bear's paw.Andrea Rabiner sent us a Michigan Wolverines sweat shirt to have a memory bear made for a friend. We couldn't fit all of the graphics from the shirt, but we did use some of them in the creation of this happy guy.Janet Mollerups sent some clothing items from her late mother to have bears made for her daughters and granddaughters. She had a specific mix of the different fabrics in mind and we tried to give each individual bear its own personality.Janet Mollerups sent some clothing items from her late mother to have bears made for her daughters and granddaughters. She had a specific mix of the different fabrics in mind and we tried to give each individual bear its own personality.SprinzC01webCarvilleL01webCaseyH bear01webNorthrop BaumerJ01webNorthrop BaumerJ02webPotterD bear01webOfficerK01webThrallL01webFiccoA01webCaseyH bear02web CaseyH bear01webCaseyH bear03webSprinzC01webCarvilleL01web PatriciaS bear01webDownsS 02webBumgardnerK01webDlugoschK01webGrahamD01webWolfeL01webGilbertJ01webKinardD01webMontgomoryR01webRabinerA02webSchumannT02webLaymanS01webllpartydress02webTwo Adorable Memory Bears for Two Sisterstatem-bears01webmrbear06weblbbear04webpmbears03webmaywoodd01awebrabinera01webrnbear01a-webchambersn01webdsc_0310caseyh-bear02webandersonc-bear12webandersonc-bear01webandersonc-bear02webandersonc-bear03webandersonc-bear04webandersonc-bear05webandersonc-bear06webandersonc-bear07webandersonc-bear08webandersonc-bear09webandersonc-bear10webandersonc-bear11web williamst-bears01adrianl-jbear01webbentleys-bears01webberischs-wdbears01webbeyerh-bears01cosenzia-bears01elmorer01webgiodanoj-bear01webgishn-bear01hantele-bears01kerwinj-bears01weblawhornr-bear01leonardm-bears01marquesl-bears02millerr-bears01pattons-bears02plaudam-bear01sheehanp-bears01shirleym-bears01threadgilld-bears01wesleyh-bears01web

 

Here are some samples of our non-jointed bears

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Additional Information

Important!: The premium glass eyes are NOT child safe. They are blown glass on the end of a wire. Although they are securely attached to the bear, a child pulling and twisting them can break them off and they can become a choking hazard.

How much fabric does it take to make a bear? I can usually get the following:

Standard men’s shirt = Two 12″-14″ bears or one 16-18″ bear
Standard woman’s blouse = Two 12″-14″ bears or one 16″ bear
Standard pair of pants = Two 12″-14″ bears or one 16″ bear
Full length bath robe = Four to six 14″ bears, Two to three 16-18″ bears, two 20-24″ bears

Each jointed bear has approximately 24 pattern pieces.  If someone wants more bears from a garment, I can sometimes adapt my patterns to make smaller bears. I don’t like to work with bears less than 9″ though.

I have a couple of shirts from my late husband and would like bears for each of my grandchildren. How can you use them to create five bears the same?

I can use quilting and patchwork techniques that incorporate the different fabrics into each bear.

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Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Merry Beth Grindahl sent her mother's fur coats to have bears made for her and her siblings. We mixed the two furs, making the bulk of the bears from one and accenting them with the other. Merry Beth was kind enough to send some pictures of the bears when she got them, along with a photo of her mother wearing one of the furs.
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Merry Beth Grindahl sent her mothers fur coats to have bears made for her and her siblings.  We mixed the two furs, making the bulk of the bears from one and accenting them with the other.  Merry Beth was kind enough to send some pictures of the bears when she got them, along with a photo of her mother wearing one of the furs.

Carmen Valdes sent her mother-in-law's fur coat to have bears made for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We were able to get five good-size bears from the fur. Dark fur is hard to photograph so this photo really doesn't do them justice. It is funny how, no matter how you try to make each bear the same, each seems to end up with its own personality. ... See MoreSee Less

Carmen Valdes sent her mother-in-laws fur coat to have bears made for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  We were able to get five good-size bears from the fur.  Dark fur is hard to photograph so this photo really doesnt do them justice.  It is funny how, no matter how you try to make each bear the same, each seems to end up with its own personality.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Marelne Gruenfelder wanted her wedding dress converted into a couple of heirloom items that she could use and appreciate. We made her a Christmas tree topper Angel and a very unique wall hanging.

We had agreed that the wall hanging would contain applique design but, when I set down to create a design concept, I decided to experiment with fabric sculpture so that some of the flowers would be more 3-D. The floral elements toward the bottom of the hanging came directly from her WD bodice and skirt. The "vine" that winds from the bottom to the top is from the straps of her gown and, of course the roses are made from the gown fabrics. The overall size of this is 18" x 24". It has hoops for putting dowel rods at the top and bottom for hanging, or it could be framed for display as well.
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Marelne Gruenfelder wanted her wedding dress converted into a couple of heirloom items that she could use and appreciate.  We made her a Christmas tree topper Angel and a very unique wall hanging.

We had agreed that the wall hanging would contain applique design but, when I set down to create a design concept, I decided to experiment with fabric sculpture so that some of the flowers would be more 3-D.  The floral elements toward the bottom of the hanging came directly from her WD bodice and skirt.  The vine that winds from the bottom to the top is from the straps of her gown and, of course the roses are made from the gown fabrics.  The overall size of this is 18 x 24.  It has hoops for putting dowel rods at the top and bottom for hanging, or it could be framed for display as well.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 6 new photos.

Tyrssa Philpot sent her wedding dress to have a unisex baptism outfit made for her son and future children/grandchildren to wear. Even though the outfit is intended to be unisex, she wanted us to use some of the lace and she wanted it as long as we could get.

Her WD was pretty fitted, which made getting a long gown from it a bit more difficult. We had to work with the seams quite a bit. However, we were able to get a "Bishop" style gown from it and used the lace mesh over the satin. We kept the large collar plain to make it more unisex. In addition to the gown, we made a matching bib, headband, booties and diaper cover as well as a gathered rose corsage.
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Tyrssa Philpot sent her wedding dress to have a unisex baptism outfit made for her son and future children/grandchildren to wear.  Even though the outfit is intended to be unisex, she wanted us to use some of the lace and she wanted it as long as we could get.  

Her WD was pretty fitted, which made getting a long gown from it a bit more difficult.  We had to work with the seams quite a bit. However, we were able to get a Bishop style gown from it and used the lace mesh over the satin.  We kept the large collar plain to make it more unisex.  In addition to the gown, we made a matching bib, headband, booties and diaper cover as well as a gathered rose corsage.

Thought I'd share this blast from the past. A couple of year ago I made this custom doll to enter into a local competition. The rules of the competition were that we had to sew something using onlly a t-shirt, a piece of lingerie and a pillow case. I literally pulled the threads from the fabric to create her hair and she is stuffed with shredded pieces from the garments. ... See MoreSee Less

Thought Id share this blast from the past.  A couple of year ago I made this custom doll to enter into a local competition. The rules of the competition were that we had to sew something using onlly a t-shirt, a piece of lingerie and a pillow case. I literally pulled the threads from the fabric to create her hair and she is stuffed with shredded pieces from the garments.