Gifts That Tie Generations Together

MB Fur

Bev Gutmann's fur coat and stole made four beautiful two-toned bears. She had us embroider her late mother's initials on a foot of each bear.

Turn our real or faux fur coat or stole into lovely teddy bears. Fur takes more time to work with and our price reflects that.  Real fur requires a special treatment to help preserve the hide. Faux fur offers its own special challenge because the fibers are thicker.

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Each fur memory bear has jointed arms and legs, acrylic safety-lock eyes, plastic nose and comes with a scarf or satin ribbon.  We try to use the lining of the coat for the scarf and accents whenever possible.

  • $115 (plus shipping) for a 10″-14″ bear
  • $135 (plus shipping) for a 16″ or 18″ bear
  • $165 (plus shipping) for a 20″ bear

NOTE: For Mouton, Fox, Raccoon, Coyote and Seal. We can’t make a teddy bear smaller than 16″. Because of the thickness of the hide or density of the long fur, these furs simply don’t work for smaller memory bears.

We are not currently offering a non-jointed option in fur bears.

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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 teddy 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 formTo order your custom fur memory bear, click 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, just click on the photo to see more detail

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Normally, I would not have attempted to use the fur, but, with a little work and my special process, I was able to rescue enough fur for one small bear.Can't resist sharing this photos. Katherine had a mink stole and a white fox piece and the combination made for three very cute bears.Meg Shepard sent her mother's Ocelot coat to have these little darlings made fromWe're finally getting caught up from the holidays so I'm going to share some of the projects we worked on this past month. These little guys were done for Nancy Johnson's grandchildren from her full-length mink coatLori wanted bears for the whole family from her mink coat. These were 20" bears so we used every last bit of fur.Meg sent her mother's fur jacket to have three 14" bears made. The fur gave us a little bit of a challenge, but the bears turned out well.Jill Satten sent us a beautiful fur to have this pretty bear made for her parents' 60th wedding anniversary. She had us embroider Happy 60th on the scarf along with her and her siblings names and some charms. This guy has nothing but love put into him and all of us at FGC wish her parents a lovely anniversary celebration!Bev Gutmann's fur coat and stole made four beautiful two-toned bears. She had us embroider her late mother's initials on a foot of each bear.Arlene Peterson sent us two furs to have a bear and a bunny made. The bunny's ears are wired so they can be posed. For anyone thinking of getting bears (or other animals) made for Christmas, this is the best time of year because Fairy Godmother Creations tends to be a bit slower in July than any other month.Heidi McPherson sent shaved beaver coat, a mink stole, a lamb muff and a shaved beaver muff to have us make her five bears. We mixed the furs to give each bear its own individual personality.Joyce Claus sent her mother's mink stole and a piece of her own wedding dress to have us make this little gal for her granddaughter.Sheree Goettler-Sopko wanted a memory bear that incorporates both her Mother and her Father's memories. She sent her mother's mink stole, a piece of leather from her father (an avid hunter) along with her father's military pins and patches. In addition to incorporating all of these elements as much as possible, we also build a zippered pocket into the back of the bear so she can store her parents wedding rings there.Kali Lopez sent her grandmother's coat to have bears made for her daughter and niece.Sharon Stromme realized that she needed one more bear so she asked us to make another bear to match ones we had done earlier. She did not have another fur, so we pulled scraps from our own fur bins for this little darling.Jacki Hale asked me to share these photos. 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Additional Information

Fur condition: For real fur coats/stoles, the fur needs to be soft enough to sew. If the hide is too dry, it will not hold the seams. I usually will not do anything to an heirloom garment unless I believe the material will work for the project. For more information about how to assess your fur’s condition scroll down to find Frequently Asked Questions.

Important!: It is important to know that memory bears made from matured fur cannot be considered toys. Although I do things to re-enforce the fur and make it stable, old fur is not overly sturdy and it simply won’t hold up to rough child play. In addition, 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 fur/fabric does it take to make a bear? I can usually get the following:

  • Standard small shoulder stole = Two 9″-12″ bears
  • Larger stole or small jacket = Two 14″ bears one 16″ bear
  • Hip-length jacket/coat = Three to four 12″-14″ bears or two 16″-18″ bears or one 20-24″ bear
  • Full length coat = Four to six 12″-14″ bears or three 16″ bears or two 18″-24″ 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.

Types of Fur

So far, I’ve been able to work with any fur that has come my way. However, different fur does handle differently.Here are some of the common furs I’ve worked with so far:

  • Mink, Muskrat, Beaver, Squirrel, Weasl, Sable, Ermine, Opposum, Badger and Persian Lamb all make beautiful bears and I can make just about any size bear from these fur types.
  • Rabbit has very thin hide so I have to treat it a bit more and it tends to shed over the years. However, it does make very cute bears in any size (9″-20″).
  • Mouton and Seal These furs have a very thick hide. The final bears are beautiful, but it is nearly impossible to work with bears under 16″ in size.
  • Fox, Silver Fox, coyote and Raccoon all tend to have very thin hide with long pile fur. However, most coats with this fur are made of strips of fur between strips of leather or suede–which gives added strength to the fur. This works well for coats, but when making smaller items–like bears–the strips of leather WILL show. I try to place the pattern pieces so that none of the seams land on leather strips, but this means there is more waste. If you want me to reduce or eliminate the leather strips, I can do so but there is a $75 up-charge to your total order because it is time consuming to do so. I have to cut the strips off and re-bind the fur pieces together. The fur from these animals is so long, the smallest bear size we work with is 16″.

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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.