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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Michelle Darling sent me two onesies from her twin grandchildren to have a little bear made from them. With onesie bears, I try to keep the original footies as much as possible. That can lead to some different shaped feet, but that also ends up being part of the unique charm to the onesie bears. ... See MoreSee Less

Michelle Darling sent me two onesies from her twin grandchildren to have a little bear made from them.  With onesie bears, I try to keep the original footies as much as possible.  That can lead to some different shaped feet, but that also ends up being part of the unique charm to the onesie bears.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Heather Meyer sent us her wedding dress to have a christening gown made for her daughter. The wedding dress was made of satin with chiffon and mesh. I normally avoid putting ruching or heavy pleating on an infant's gown because little hands can get tangled in it pretty easily. However, the ruching was the primary decorative element of the original dress so I did try to capture some of it on the bodice. We also made a matching headband.
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Heather Meyer sent us her wedding dress to have a christening gown made for her daughter.  The wedding dress was made of satin with chiffon and mesh.  I normally avoid putting ruching or heavy pleating on an infants gown because little hands can get tangled in it pretty easily.  However, the ruching was the primary decorative element of the original dress so I did try to capture some of it on the bodice.  We also made a matching headband.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Jordan sent her late mother's mink boa and suede outfit to have us make teddy bears for relatives. The suit was an unusual turquoise color that went really well with the rich brown of the fur.
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Jordan sent her late mothers mink boa and suede outfit to have us make teddy bears for relatives.  The suit was an unusual turquoise color that went really well with the rich brown of the fur.

Coleen was cleaning out her closet and found her daughter's First Communion dress. She decided to send it to us to have a bear made for her daughter from it. We tried to use each of the main elements of the dress. Some of the bear parts are made with the plain satin and others have an overlay of organza on them. ... See MoreSee Less

Coleen was cleaning out her closet and found her daughters First Communion dress.  She decided to send it to us to have a bear made for her daughter from it.  We tried to use each of the main elements of the dress.  Some of the bear parts are made with the plain satin and others have an overlay of organza on them.