Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Wedding dress bears

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We make memory bears from wedding dresses. 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″ memory bear
  • $120 (plus shipping) for a 16″ memory 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

 

On FaceBook

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.