Stepping Back in Time With Patchwork Bear

by Liza Corbo

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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Liza is a mom of three boys - a five year old and four year old twins. On her personal blog, Cira's Lyrics, she writes about family, chaos and day to day happenings. She also writes reviews at Buy-Her where she focuses on fashion, beauty products, and more. Connect with Liza on twitter at @Liza_Rae.

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1 megan h November 29, 2011 at 8:15 am

i would create one for my daughter with something of my grandmothers


2 Jenn November 29, 2011 at 10:15 am

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! :)


3 shelly November 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I would make this for myself as a keepsake until I can pass it along to my daughter when she is old enough.


4 domestic diva November 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I would make a patchwork bear for my nephew.


5 Drina M. November 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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.


6 June November 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I would make one of these for my grandchild, she would think it was really special.


7 Kat November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I would make one for my daughter with her children’s baby clothes.


8 Julia November 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I would make one for my youngest daughter.


9 Vanderbilt Wife November 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I would love to have one made of my daughter’s clothes! How sweet!


10 Carrie November 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I would love to create a bear like this for my daughter who is two :-)


11 Diandra v November 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

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,


12 Wehaf November 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I would love this for my niece!


13 Heather Z. November 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

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.)


14 Christina November 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I’d like to create one for my niece Sarah.


15 Lisa Talberg November 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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!!!!


16 Kristi November 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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.


17 victoria November 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

My little girl has this on her list for Christmas


18 amy v November 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

i’d LOVE a bear for me w/ my children’s clothes- a wonderful keepsake

annae07 at aol dot com


19 Stephanie Baker November 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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!


20 Trista November 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm

This is so cute! I would create it for my niece and give it to her when we have our wedding as a little gift!


21 Naomi November 30, 2011 at 12:31 am

Honestly, I’m not sure which child I would make it for, but it sure is a really neat idea!


22 michelle b. November 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

I would love to create one for myself with clothes from different ones of my children. What a wonderful memory.


23 Brittany Boardley Renaldi November 30, 2011 at 9:14 am

I would give it to my daughter!


24 Chip November 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

My daughter would love this.


25 Idaho Jill November 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

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!


26 Kathy November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

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.


27 Angel K November 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

I’d love to do ths with the newborn clothes my 6 week old daughter is outgrowing too quickly!!


28 Vickie COuturier November 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

Id like to create one for my daughter,she has two little boys



29 Missy November 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

I would like to create one for myself.


30 Megan Weber November 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I would love to make this for my daughters. This is so much better than saving the clothes in a box!! :)


31 Angie Vinez November 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I would love to make bears for each of my kids. What a sweet idea!


32 Tami November 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

For myself, to cherish the memories of my 2 kids :) Neat idea, definite heirloom!



33 Kathy Stevenson November 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I would probably make one for me with my daughters’ clothes!


34 over30mommy November 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

My daughter would like on but I think I would love to make one for my soon to be born nephew


35 Terris Losoya November 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I would love to make a bear for my unborn son due in Feb!


36 Pauline November 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I would like to create a bear for my godchild – (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)


37 Amanda F. November 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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.


38 Staci A November 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I’d love to make one for our 3 month old!


39 hippie4ever December 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

I would like to win for a woman I know who lost her young son.


40 Dena December 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

I would love to create one for my daughter!


41 Dee December 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

I would create one for my granddaughter.


42 Ruth Hill December 1, 2011 at 12:14 am

I would give it to my mom.


43 Liv December 1, 2011 at 5:01 am

I have items from my great aunt that this would be idea for


44 Melissa P. December 1, 2011 at 5:56 am

I know this may sound crazy but I would love to make one for my mom.


45 Maria December 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Would love this for my daughter!


46 ACMommy3 December 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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


47 Debra Ridgway December 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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.


48 Angela E. December 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

My mother gave me the nick name of Bear, so fitting according to her. lol


49 Terra Heck December 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’d like to have one created for my teenage daughter. Thanks.


50 tennille December 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm

what an amzing gift-i would have to have one made for each of my boys


51 tina page December 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

I think I would get it for my niece. Thanks for the chance!


52 alicia anderson December 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

I’m sponsoring a family for Xmas and this would be great for one of the little ones for Xmas. Thanks


53 christy davis December 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

i’d love to have one made for my 5 year old daughter she loves teddy bears!


54 NAN December 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

i’d make it for myself
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55 Lisa Garner December 3, 2011 at 12:54 am

I would love to create a patchwork bear for my youngest daughter!


56 Kasandria Reasoner December 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

for my daughter


57 Roberta December 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

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!


58 angie lilly December 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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!!!!


59 Shakara December 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

My daughter! I wondered what I would do with the clothes I was collecting.


60 Sand December 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I would love to create one for my niece.


61 Rochel S December 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I would love this for my newborn daughter!


62 Amanda Brown December 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

The kids in my family would love this


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