Stepping Back in Time With Patchwork Bear

I don’t know about you but I have several boxes of baby clothing sitting in old pampers boxes stored in my cedar closet.  Sure I have given some away, consigned others… but I still have ones I can not part with.  I had decided that someday I would have the pieces turned into a quilt maybe.

Trouble is, I don’t sew.  Let me rephrase that.  I can’t sew.  Aside from putting a button back on or stitching up a small hole in one of the boys blankets, it’s just not going to happen.  Not even Girl Scouts or junior high home economics could help me.

Enter Patchwork Bear.

They have a Keepsake Memory Clothes Bear GIFT KIT

Patchwork Bear will send you instructions and tips for choosing the clothing to make your Keepsake Clothes Bear.  All you need to do is place 6-10 articles of clothing in the box provided and send it back to them.  It’s an Eco friendly way to recycle the favorite outfits you have saved,  into a family heirloom.  I love that they are not only handmade but American made.

About 2 to 4 weeks after they receive the clothing, they will send you back your very own Patchwork Bear made ENTIRELY from your favorite clothes!

When I chose my pieces I sent in a few things from each of my 3 children.  The outfit they each wore home from the hospital, the big brother shirt my oldest wore when his twin brothers were born, and some other favorite outfits I dressed them in when they were oh so small.  Opening the box and seeing my finished bear brought me to tears.  Very well made, soft and cuddly.  Each time I look at it, I am brought right back to when the boys were babies.  So many good memories just from looking at this bear.

And the boys love it too.  I explained to them what each piece on the bear was from and they pick it up ever so gently and hug it as they mention which piece was theirs once.  I am so impressed I have not been able to stop telling people about Patchwork Bear.  With the holidays on the way there are so many gift opportunities!  It’s also perfect for baby showers, wedding gifts, graduation, birthday… even condolence as you can have one made from a loved one’s clothes who has passed.

Aside from bears, the Patchwork bear also makes blankets and quilts.  The Keepsake Memory bear retails for $68 right now and you can purchase one here.

Giveaway Time

The Patchwork bear is going to give one lucky winner their very own Keepsake memory Clothes Bear. To enter the contest, simply leave a comment here letting us know who you would love to create a Patchwork Bear for.


This giveaway is a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2011. Please follow the link for more information, as well as for a complete list of all giveaways as they post throughout the month of November. Entries for all giveaways will close Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm CST. Winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners Monday, December 5th. We will email winners at the address accompanying the winning comments.



Disclosure: I was sent a Keepsake Memory Clothes Bear in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing writer, Liza. You can find Liza on her personal blog, Cira’s Lyrics, and on twitter at @Liza_Rae.

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  1. Jenn says

    This would be a fun way to save some of those baby clothes – I’m planning on doing a quilt, but haven’t been able to even start yet! :)

  2. Drina M. says

    I would make one for my daughter with some of her clothes ,mine, her dads ,grandparents and her great-grandmother who just passed away.
    She would love the thought of having us all close to her.

  3. Diandra v says

    I would make one for my oldest son he/we lost so much of the things moms keep for our kids for when they get older in hurricane Rita 5 yrs ago.. But I’ve kept some old clothes that I manged to have left a my moms at the time.. Would live this n also so glad to have read this,

  4. Heather Z. says

    I haven’t done anything with my son’s baby clothes yet and he’s five. I haven’t been able to part with his baby clothes. So I would love the opportunity to turn his clothes into a bear for him…(ok, it would really be for me. he probably could care less. but it would mean the world to me.)

  5. Lisa Talberg says

    This is so cool! I would love to have one made for all three of my boys. This is neat. My boys are 24, 18 and 9 ane I still have at least some of each of their clothes when they were babies. Neat Neat Neat!!!!

  6. Kristi says

    This is such a cool site! I have a box of my son’s baby clothes for the one day quilt or something. He’s now 6. And I can’t sew. LOL I would have a bear created for him and he would LOVE it.

  7. Stephanie Baker says

    I would love to have one made for my mom. Either from my grandma’s clothes since she recently passed away, or my brother’s clothes since he recently left home to join the Marines, or a combination of both. I just know this is something my mom would cherish always. Thanks for the chance!

  8. says

    I have been going through my daughter’s clothes to decide what to keep, what to consign, and what to donate. I would love to give this to her (and me!) for the memories!

  9. Kathy says

    I have the outfits that my 2 children came home in. Id LOVE to have them out of a box, being able to see them all the time. Having a hard time finding the right gift for my husband.. Great idea. he would love this so much.

  10. Amanda F. says

    I would make one for my daughter with clothes from her baby brother, my son Leland, who very tragically passed away in May of this year.

  11. ACMommy3 says

    I’d love to make a bear for my oldest, what a beautiful way to preserve memories! creedamy[at] yahoo[dot] com

  12. says

    I would love to use the scraps of material that I have saved over the years from dresses and outfits that I have made them to use for a bear. I would probably have to have a few more made out of that material.

  13. says

    I would love to create a patchwork bear for my oldest daughter, Kathleen. She won’t toss anything because everything has memories! She is so sentimental!

  14. says

    I would love to win this for my hubby! He has a bunch of flags and t-shirts from his year as a foreign exchange student in Sweden that would be fab to use to make one of these bears!!!!

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