Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Wedding dress bears

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What better way to preserve Mom’s wedding dress and share it with siblings than for everyone to have a custom teddy bear made from it?  Or what better way to use the remnants of a wedding dress?  We try to use the significant materials from the dress in each teddy bear.  We can make the wedding dress bear only, or we can make outfits from the dress for the bears as well.

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We limit the size of our wedding dress bears to a maximum of 16″ because most of the fabrics in a wedding dress don’t do well in larger teddy bear sizes.  Each bear has jointed arms and legs, acrylic safety-lock eyes, plastic nose and comes with a ribbon or big bow.

  • $105 (plus shipping) for a 10″-14″ bear
  • $120 (plus shipping) for a 16″ bear

We also offer a non-jointed option.  Without the joints, we can under-stuff the bear to make it more hug-able.  Our non-jointed bears are great for kids who want to sleep with the bear.

  • $95 (plus shipping) for a 16″ non-jointed bear
  • $85 (plus shipping) for a 14″ non-jointed 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.

 

For Downloadable Order Form Click Here

 

How to Order

Order formDownload the PDF order form. Fill it out and 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.

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 samples of wedding dress (and brides’ maids dress) bears and bunny.  Click on the photos to enlarge them to see more details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many bears can you get from a wedding dress? It does depend on the style of dress, but I can usually get the following:

  • Eight to ten 9″-12″ bears
  • Six to Eight 14″ bears
  • Four to five 16″ bears

Each 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.

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.  There may be a “return remnants” fee if the remnants are enough to impact the cost of shipping & handling.

Click Here For More About Our Process and Frequently Asked Questions

 

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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.