Memory bears are a great way to hold on to a memory and preserve it for a very long time.
Children, especially babies, grow out of their clothes very quickly, and more often than not, a parent's effort in picking out the perfect outfit for their little ones go to waste after a handful of uses. This no longer has to be the case if you look at this rising trend on Etsy where artists and crafty moms are turning their baby's old clothes into adorable teddy bears—and the idea is catching on quite well with moms everywhere. Called "Memory bears", they are basically keepsakes that can be cherished by parents and the kids for the months and years to follow. One thing worth noting here is that you can make any number of animals as the idea isn't necessarily limited to just bears.
A cursory search on Etsy will tell you that there are several dozens of creative geniuses turning kids clothes into creative soft toys your little ones can cuddle and grow up with. A shop by the name 4MonstersMerchandise turned a toddler's onesie into a delightful outfit for this memory bear and it looks unbelievably unique. Priced at $46, the product seems to be a great seller while the shop itself is heavily sought after because of its display of interesting bears. Customers are raving about what they received too. A user named Jess wrote: "Absolutely love!! I couldn't ask for a better job at how well this turned out 😍 Outfit I brought my baby home from the hospital in."
Another shop by the name Crazy Leggies offers a similar service but uses handmade bears to stitch the outfit one. This best-seller which has a complete cupcake theme is a great example. Seller MemoryBears2Treasure also has an exciting bear on display which you can see is made using several clothes -- from a newborn to a young boy. The bear offers a throwback feel to multiple years of a child growing up and looks way too original than any off the rack product you can find. Customers were very impressed with the end product they received. One use Fran Gale added: "Our bear arrived today and it is beautiful. The attention to detail is amazing and the way the different items are used is so clever. We were nervous about sending our little one's clothes off, but this is so worth it. We love it."
As mentioned earlier, there are keepsakes with other animals too such as this elephant by seller Nestling Kids made out of a grey onesie which has an elephant print on it. Those who bought from the seller were happy with what they received going by the 300 five-star ratings. Scout wrote: "I cannot believe how adorable this elephant made from my daughter's hospital blanket turned out!! Thank you so much for helping preserve the memories of her first year!" The seller offers several other animal keepsakes such as a dragon, dog, alpaca, turtle, and dolphin among others.
All the sellers have prices ranging between $10 and as high as $80 in some cases and offer some beautiful products for prospective customers. So, if you're in need of a thoughtful gift idea for an upcoming birthday for your baby, a keepsake bear is a great place to start.