Gifts That Tie Generations Together

MB commemorative year

patchwork firstyr02webSend a garment that represents each milestone or month of the first year of your baby’s life, or of each year your child was in school or each Band concert or special occasion (up to 12 garments). We will use them to create a special patchwork bear that marks an entire year.

We currently only offer one size Commemorative Patchwork Bear. These bears are extremely time consuming, but absolutely adorable. We can save a little time in the process when making additional bears so we do offer a discount for additional bears.

 

Pricing

Our commemorative bear is 16″. Each bear has jointed arms and legs, acrylic safety-lock eyes, plaOrder formstic nose and comes with a scarf or satin ribbon.

  • $170 (plus shipping)for a 16″ bear, $150 for each additional bear

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 have additional questions or just want to talk to a human being before making your decision, you can contact me at. Phone: 937-231-5025Email: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 couple of photo samples, just click on the photo to see more detail

 

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To See A Gallery of Patchwork Bears Click Here

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to the extra fabric? Most of the time, there isn’t much in the way of extra fabric. Very few people have only wanted one bear from the garment they have sent me so I’m frantically working to get the number of bears they want from the available materials. However, occasionally there is a little left over. Unless the person who sent it specifically requests to have it back, I will discard it.

Do you do animals other than bears? Yes, I literally have hundreds of patterns from over 40 years of sewing. If you want a cat, a bunny, a dog or some other animal, let me know what you are looking for. You can click here to see a growing gallery of other animals.

Do you use the garment lining? Yes, if the garment has lining material that can be used for paw pads and ear pads as well as noses sometimes, I will use it if at all possible. I will try to use it to make a scarf for each bear as well. If the lining is just too old (old satin degrades to the point that it simply tears easily), I use satin scraps from my own supplies. If there is a special embroidery element, I try to work it into a scarf when possible.

What kind of eyes do you use? I use standard acrylic safety bear eyes for my basic bears. The acrylic eyes are more affordable, long-lasting and look good. They are also more secure so don’t represent a choking hazzard for little ones. If someone wants glass eyes, I will use glass eyes. They take a special order and do cost a bit more ($15 per bear) and they ARE NOT for bears being given to little children. Although they are securely applied, glass eyes are attached to a wire that can break if enough twisting and pressure is put on them–making them a potential choking hazzard. If someone wants an old fashioned folk-art look, I use buttons for eyes. If you are interested in glass eyes or button eyes, please mention it when you place your order.

Why aren’t your bears’ heads jointed? I try to make bears that can be cuddled and I’m usually working with older materials. In order to joint the head, the bear head and body have to be very firmly stuffed or the head will flop around. This not only makes them less cuddly, it puts extra pressure on the head and body materials. If you want a jointed head, I will do so, but there is a $20 per bear charge.

Do you offer internment of ashes? Yes, this is a specialized service and is not offered on my order forms but I can place a small portion of ashes in a sealed water-tight container into each bear. For those who would like to do their own internment, I can create a pocket in the back of each bear that you can slide a small locket or container into. If you want internment options, please call ahead to discuss what will work best for you and your family.

How much time do you put into each bear? Normally, each bear takes 8-12 hours. There are some preliminary things I have to do to the fur or fabric to make sure it will hold up to the sewing. With some garments it can take nearly an hour just to propperly remove the lining. The higher quality the garment, the more difficult to get the lining off. I often have to adapt my patterns to work with the fabric/fur nap as well and this can literally take hours of switching the pattern pieces around when I’m trying to get several bears from a single garment. In addition, the joints take time to apply and have to have the right amount of tension. And, of course, there is a lot of hand sewing involved.

How long can I expect to wait before my bear arrives? I tell people that an average bear order takes about five to six weeks from the day I receive the materials to the day I ship it out. Sometimes we will turn an order around faster though. It really depends on how busy we are and our busiest months tend to be April and May, October and November.  If timing is important, just send a quick email and I’ll tell you the current turn-around time. I do try to email updates along the way. Starting in mid September, Christmas reservations tend to keep me pretty busy through to Christmas so I highly recommend planning ahead if you are wanting bears as Christmas gifts.

How should I send my garment? Pack it into as small a box you can fit it in. I’d prefer not to receive garment bags or cases that need to be returned. If you are concerned about protecting it from moisture, put it into a plastic garbage bag. It will not be in the mail very long–and I remove

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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.