The bears arrived
and they are beautifull! They are so very special,
thank you! I read teh instructions to my little
gir and will send them on to the other two that
are getting this very special present thanks
to you. I will most definitely let people know
about your wonderful service!
Best to you and thanks ever so
much! Kali Lopez
I can't even tell you how pleased
I am with the teddy bear. It was more than I
expected. It brought tears to my eyes and I know
my sister is just going to cry. I'm looking for
a picture of my grandmother wearing the mink
stole and I'll give her that with it as well.
Thanks so much for an amazing memory.
Whether it is grandma's
heirloom fur coat or a beloved husband's favorite sweat shirt,
trust Fairy Godmother Creations to turn it into a custom, huggable
memory bear (or several teddy bears) to help commemorate their
memory and share with others.
Our pricing depends on the materials we are working with. We
currently separate our services in six categories based on the
kinds of materials and work involved:
Fabric Memory Bears . Fur Memory
Bears . Wedding Dress Bears . Patchwork Bears . Neck Tie Bears
and Baby's First Year Bears
Fabric Memory Bears
We make standard fabric memory bears from
one or two different pieces of clothing.
We can make these bears from just about any
shirt, sweater, pants, robe, jacket, blanket,
pajamas or garment you have in mind (except
wedding dresses, they are a special category).
pricing, ordering and more information
Fur Memory Bears
We make our standard fur bears from your
fur coat or stole. 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
pricing, ordering and more information,
Dress Memory Bears
Wedding dress fabrics take a bit longer
to work with so they have their own category.
We try to use several different elements
from the WD in order to capture the essence
of the dress. We limit wedding dress
bears to a maximum of 16″ because most
of the fabrics don’t do well in larger
teddy bear sizes.
pricing, ordering and more information,
If you have several shirts or pieces of
clothing and want a bit of each one captured
in the bear, we offer a patchwork bear. We
can use fabric from 6-12 different pieces
on these. Since we have to make the patchwork
fabric before we even get to cutting and
sewing the bear, these do cost considerably
pricing, ordering and more information,
Tie Teddy Bears
We can make a bear from several neck ties.
It usually takes at least six ties to make
a bear. We have to deconstruct every tie
and then make the fabric from them before
we even get to cutting and sewing the bear,
so these also cost more.
pricing, ordering and more information
First Year Teddy Bears
Send a garment that represents each special
occasion, milestone or month (up to 12 garments).
We will use them to create a special patchwork
bear that marks your little one’s first
pricing, ordering and more information,
With all our bears, we offer some
additional features and accessories for an extra
Premium blown glass eyes
Simple Embroidery (initials and/or name)
Clothing: Vests, Shirts, Jackets, Jumpers,
Music box insertion
offer a $18
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.
can click on the links above to the pages for each
bear type to find more information (pricing,
ordering, samples) or, you can
Download the form and send it, along with your
garment and payment to:
Fairy Godmother Creations
1001 E Second St #3140
Dayton OH 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
Christmas Gifts That Share Memories
Christmas is all about memories and traditions.
What better way to honor the spirit of Christmas
than with a memory bear that brings the generations
of your family together. In this video, you'll
get a quick look at our memory bear making services.
2013 - 119 Memory Bears, One Cat and a Whole
Lot of Christmas Joy
We had such a wonderful time this Christmas
season! We created 119 Memory Bears (and one
cat), and helped spread a whole lot of Christmas
joy. Here's a quick look at all 119 Memory Bears
(and one cat). Thanks to everyone for letting
us be a part of your Christmas celebration. We
hope you enjoy the bears (and one cat)!
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
Standard men's shirt = Two 12"-14" bears or one 16-18" bear
Standard woman's blouse = Two 12"-14" bears or one 16" bear
Standard pair of pants = Two 12"-14" bears or one 16" bear
Full length bath robe = Four to six 14" bears, Two to three 16-18" bears,
two 20" bears
Wedding dress = eight to ten14" bears (0r more), six to eight16-18" bears.
I don't recommend 20" bears from wedding dress materials.
Want to know more?
Below the following samples of recent projects, I include more information
including Frequently Asked Questions and a description of my process.
Here are some of the many projects I've had the opportunity to work
on. Not everyone takes the time to write me when they've received
their memory bears, but I've included some of the ones I have heard
from. You can also see even more projects on my More
Bear Stories page or my Gallery
page by following the link at the bottom of this
a Husband's Shirts
Donna Gilson sent us a bunch of her late husband's shirts to
have these four bears made for her, her children and her mother-in-law.
She had specific mix of the shirts she wanted and then chose
to add vests.
Four Memory Bears From Mom's Coat
My sister Betty and I are totally charmed with our 4 Memory Bears,
using our late mother's muskrat and mink coats. They are
darling and well made. You have been great to work
with! With only around a 3 week window to work in before
Christmas, you were true to your word: We had the bears
To have some way of preserving this fur and being reminded of our mother is such a bonus and load off our minds and hearts! We look forward to referring our friends!
Thank you so much ! Ann
Martin and Betty Miller
Baby's First Year Remembered in This First Year Memory Bear
Jocilyn Bergin sent twelve of the outfits her son wore in his first year to have us make one of our special first year bears. We create a patchwork from the different outfits as a huggable celebration of baby's first year. I don't have it in this photo, but the bear comes with a little photo album of the pictures Jocilyn sent of her son in each of the outfits.
Dress Converted into Custom Heirloom Memory Bear
Michelle MacDonald sent us a wedding dress to have this bear made. Turning an heirloom wedding dress into teddy bears is a great way to still have the memory of the dress while being able to better display the bear.
I received my Fairy Godmother creation
the other day and my wedding dress teddy bear exceeded all
of my expections. The
photo you sent didn’t do her justice. The intricate
sewing and use of the special parts of my dress were crafted
with a professional and keen eye for detail. I especially
loved how you used the lacy trim instead of ribbon. Many
thanks to you and Olga for sharing your exceptional talents with
me. You have created a very special heirloom that
will be cherished by many generations to come.
Two Fur Bears Full of Personality
Barbara Lewis sent us two furs. One belonged to her mother and the other to her grandmother. We made these two teddy bears for her from those furs. The blond fur was a little fragile so we had to apply some special treatment to it, but the bears came out with their own personalities.
Liane: Just wanted to let you know that my bears
arrived safely today. I am very happy with them and they way
they were made. They look so much better as bears than old
furs hanging on hangers in the back of the closet.
I will be happy to write up a recommendation for you
for your website. It may be a few days or so but I will get it to you.Thanks
again for making these for me. Barbara Lewis
Two of Mom's Fur Coats Become Four Lovely Bears
Having more than one fur means we can combine the fur to make very unique teddy bears. Maria Hassel sent a couple of fur coats that once belonged to her mother to have us make four bears for her and her brother and their families.
Father-in-Law's Neckties Become Beautiful, Silky Memory Bears
Neck Ties make beautiful Memory Bears! Stephanie Longworth sent us a stack of neck ties that belonged to her Father-in-law to have bears made for her husband and sister-in-law. Each tie has to be deconstructed individually, then we make a patchwork fabric with them before we even lay out the pattern and start cutting and sewing, so these are time-intensive bears. However, the beautiful silks, satins and quality fabrics that most ties are made of have a luster in a finished bear that is really beautiful.
In Memory of a Wife of 32
After losing his wife of 32 years, Mark Rogers sent a variety
of clothing pieces that belonged to her to have us make these
bears for family members. He had gathered specific clothing items
for each individual bear and had each embroidered.
Special Bear for First Grandchild
Sue Wiegand sent her receiving blanket to have a bear made for
her first grandchild.
My sister was so surprised with this bear....she
loves it and I think it means as much to her as it does to
me...Thank you so much!!! Sue Wiegand
Mom's Memory for Four Siblings
Kaufman sent her late mother's mink stole to have bears made
for her and her siblings to remember their mother by. She also
sent some patchwork pieces of bright colored fabrics from a quilt
their mother had started to make. We were able to squeeze out
four bears from the fur and made vests from the fabric.
Liane-I received my bears today and I am truly
have captured my mom to a T as well as the vest colors. You
have a color for each of my siblings. I was shocked when
I saw how they were wrapped. Beautiful. Your work
really is like a fairy godmother with lots of love. You
have made these bears bring back sooo many memories. I
think we will all treasure our bears for a long time.
Thank you so much.
Fur Bear Full of Personality
Taylor sent us a lovely old mink stole to have a teddy bear made.
This guy was as large as we could get from the available fur.
He really came out with his own personality.
Sometimes people ask about our patterns and what makes the different
bears look different. My answer is: The materials. For whatever
reason, the materials seem to have a personality of their own. We
use the exact same patterns for every bear. Yes, there can be
minor variations on how we place the eyes or how much seam space
we give to different parts, but the end resutl is always about
the materials we are working with and what they seem to want
Five Bears from One Coat
Smith sent us her fur coat to have teddy bears made for her two
children and three grandchildren. We were able to get five small
bears from the one coat. She asked that four of them not have
scarves because she wanted to add something herself.
A Whole Pack of Bears
Julia Fink's children and grandchildren are going to be thrilled
when they see these little darlings we made from the fur coat
she sent us.
My adorable bears arrived safely this afternoon. They are
wonderful and a blessing too. Thank you Fairy God Mother!!!!
Happy 70th from a Sister
little bear was ordered by Susan Stannard. She sent a mink boa
that once belonged to her mother. She wanted to have us make
this bear as a 70th birthday gift for her sister.
The package arrived today. The bear is just perfect. I know my
sister will be so pleased. We are having a family dinner in
Seattle on the 8th and until that time, I can have him. Thanks--- this
is really a special gift. Susan Stannard
Purple Bride's Maid's Dress
Diane Burkhammer had us make this Memory Bear from the bride's
maid's dress she once wore to her best friend's wedding. We incorporated
the lace elements to make a two-toned bear. Memory bears are
a great way to use clothing that represents a special event from
I love him!!!!!! He is perfect!. . . .
Thank you so much for taking your time with him. I didn't mind
the wait at all.
Kathy's Mink Stole Becomes a Pair of Memory Bears for Her Grandchildren
Kathy Gioia sent us a pretty blond mink stole to have these two little teddy bears made for her grandchildren. We can usually get two 12"-14" bears from a standard stole, this time we were able to get two 12" bears.
THE BEARS ARE ADORABLE. THANK YOU, KATHY
Mom's Nightgowns Become Cherished
Traci Starke sent us some of her late mother's nightgowns to
have memory bears made for her and her family members. She wanted
a 16" patchwork bear from all the fabrics for herself and some
two-toned bears for family members.
Several Fur Coats Converted Into Cuddly Critters for Family and Friends
Kitty Fister had several fur coats from her Mother and late Aunt so she had us make this group of cuddly critters for family and friends.
Mom's Lovely Fall Coat Becomes
Memory Bears for Son and Daughter
Claudia Schroedl sent us a lovely fall coat that belonged to
her late mother. We made these two 18" teddy bears from it for
her and her brother.
I was remiss in not writing to you prior to going on vacation. The
bears are wonderful. They are a true work of art.
Mom's Treasured Clothing Becomes
Charming Memory Bears
Janet Mollerups sent some clothing items from her late mother
to have bears made for her daughters and granddaughters. She
had a specific mix of the different fabrics in mind and we tried
to give each individual bear its own personality.
A Pair of Bears for Mom and
Ginger Muse brought by a pair of pajama pants to have these
two memory bears made for her mother and sister. We chose to
match the blue from the fabric for accents.
They are beautiful! Ginger Muse
Christmas 2013 - 119
Memory Bears, One Cat and a Whole Lot of Christmas Joy
We had such a wonderful time this Christmas season! We created
119 Memory Bears (and one cat), and helped spread a whole lot
of Christmas joy. Here's a quick look at all 119 Memory Bears
(and one cat). Thanks to everyone for letting us be a part
of your Christmas celebration. We hope you enjoy the bears
(and one cat)!
Six Bears in Memory of a Beloved
Sister, Grandmother, Aunt and Friend
Debbie Becker had these bears made in memory of her sister.
She sent a variety of clothes to have bears made for grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.
Debbie sent this note:
"Liane: I begin by apologizing for not sending this
sooner. I got the bears on the 20th and gave Bonnie's friend
hers before she left for Florida. Needless to say it was emotional
and she loved it. The bears were sooo cute. Everyone loved
them even the 10 month old. Thank you so much for getting them
done and here for Christmas. It was a surprise for all of them.
Happy New Year! Keep up the great work." - Debbie
Fur Stole Converted Into Cute
Diana Ludwig sent a fur stole to have made into this pretty
little memory bear. She chose the shoe button black eyes, which
went very well with the fur color.
Three Memory Bears for Three
Trinity Hoeben sent some clothing that belonged to her friends'
mother who recently passed. She had us make these three huggable
memories to help her friends in their time of loss.
Mink Stole and Persian Lamb Jacket Combined to Make Four Memory Bears
Paula Godt sent a mink stole and a Persian lamb jacket to have these three bears made. Persian lamb has a very different personality than mink so these three each came out with their own personalities.
Grandmother's Mink Stole and Cape Converted to Four Little Memory Bears
Linda Kennedy sent a mink stole/cape that was her grandmother's to have these four little guys made. Although the fur was able to handle the sewing process, the lining was not so we ended up using satin ribbon instead of making scarves.
Mink Coat Becomes Memory Bear
Pat Stephens had a black mink collar and some blond mink remnants from a friend's coat that we made into a bear. I really like combining a couple of furs. It adds personality.
Inherited Fur Coats Converted Into Memory Bears
Claudia Scarborough had some fur coats she inherited from her late mother. She wanted to turn them into bears for friends and family. We mixed the furs so that each bear has a different combination.
Persian Lamb Coats Converted Into Four Memory Bears
Natalie Allen sent two Persian lamb coats. She initially wanted four bears from them (two from each coat). When we were done making the four bears, I realized there was enough fur to get two more bears if we mixed the furs. She decided to go ahead and have us make the additional two bears.
Some of my favorite memories of my Mom
was when she was all dressed up and wearing her Persian Lamb
coats. I just couldn’t
donate the coats and I had no idea what to do with them. I
am so happy that a friend suggested having teddy bears made. Each
bear is adorable and special. I love the way you designed
the scarfs with my Mom’s embroidered name and with the
designer’s name. It really personalized each bear. Before
placing the bears on my Mom’s hope chest, along with my
dolls, I took the bears every where I went. We went to
work, Church and out to lunch. I just had to show them
Thank you for turning the coats into a treasure that will
be handed down to the next generation. Natalie Allen
Grandmother's Fur Coat Converted Into Memory Bears for Daughter and Grandchildren
Barbara Burgess sent her mother's fur coat to have these three bears made for her children and grandchildren. We used the lining from the coat for paw, foot and ear pads as well as on the scarves. We added our own blue satin to the scarves because there wasn't enough of the lining to do both sides.
Grandmother's Fur Coat Becomes Memories for Future Generations
Deb Merrick sent her late mother's coat to have these four bears made for herself and her daughters. She also sent a scarf with some pink embroidered flowers that we pulled off and attached to the scarves for these bears.
Two Fur Stoles Become Lovely Memory Bears
Joan Brotman sent two fur stoles to have bears made for the great grandchildren of the stoles' original owner. Both stoles had a lovely red tint in them.
Beaver Fur Stole Converted to Treasured Memory Bear
Dolores Hattendorf sent a shaved beaver fur stole to have this bear made. She gave us free reign to select the eye color and decide whether or not to use the lining for a scarf. We chose blue eyes because they showed up better against the dark fur and I decided not to use the garment lining for the scarf. We used the lining on the ear and paw pads but it wasn't the nicest lining so I found a bright, colorful fabric for the scarf.
A Lovely Little Memory Bear That Brings Several Generations Together
Cathy Mordente sent small fur pieces that belonged to her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to have this little bear made for her first grandson. I had to sew strips of smaller pieces together to make large enough pieces for some of the parts. This does cost a bit more, but allows me to get a bear from smaller pieces.
Old Fur Stole Converted to Sweet Memory Bear
Coleen Jankowski sent an old fur stole to have a bear made for her mother. Unfortunately, quite a bit of the fur couldn't be used because it had gotten dried out and torn. We were able to get one small bear for her.
Fur Stole Converted Into Cute Memory Bear
Diana Ludwig sent a fur stole to have made into this pretty little memory bear. She chose the shoe button black eyes, which went very well with the fur color.
Mother's Mink Boa Becomes a Memory Bear for a Sister
Susan Stannard sent a mink boa that belonged to her late mother to have this bear made for her sister's birthday. I think her sister is going to be very pleased with this special gift.
The package arrived today. The bear is just perfect. I know my
sister will be so pleased. We are having a family dinner in
Seattle on the 8th and until that time, I can have him.
Thanks--- this is really a special gift.
Grandmother's Mink Stole Becomes Huggable Memory Bear
Lauralyn Eimans sent her grandmother's mink stole to have a soft, huggable bear made. There was enough fur in the stole to make a 14" bear. We used the garment lining for the paw and ear pads and to make the scarf.
Fur Jacket is now Two Special Memory Bears
Susan Rausch sent us a Persian lamb jacket that was once her nana's to have these two bears made. The jacket had a collar of rabbit fur so we decided to use the rabbit fur on the ears. It makes the ears seem larger, but also makes these bears unique to Susan's Nana's coat.
Grandmother's Fox Fur Coat Recycled Into Memory Bear for Granddaughter
Rachel Gibson sent a fox fur that belonged to her grandmother to have a bear made for her granddaughter. Fox is a challenging fur to work with and this was a small fur so I worked with a smaller bear size than I normally would be willing to do in fox. Much of it had to be hand done because it simply wouldn't go through my sewing machine (Olga didn't even want to try and work on this one). I think the end result was enchanting, but this might be the last 12" bear that I'm going to be willing to do in fox.
Memory Bear Helps Her Cherish Her Mother's Memory
Barbara Platt sent her late mother's mink fur stole to have a memory bear that she could cherish. We were able to get a 16" bear from the fur.
Two Fluffy Memory Bears from Mom's Furs
Randi and Linda Bick wanted bears made from their late mother's mink stole and sweater with mink collar. We mixed elements from both garments to make these two guys.
Remembering Mom With Four Memory Bears
Cynthia Shane Smith sent her late mother's stole to have these little memory bears made for herself and family members. There was a little lace on the stole lining. Not enough for four scarves so we made scarves from fabrics we had here but added a piece of the lace to each one.
Cuddly Bear for a Sweet Granddaughter
June Chaudet sent us a piece of her fur coat and a strip of the lining to have this bear made for her granddaughter. Black fur is hard to photograph, but he is very soft and cuddly.
Christine's Family of Four Fun Bears
Christine Sargent sent two furs, one from her mother and the other from her mother-in-law, to have these 16" beauties made. We couldn't get them all the same with the available fur, so we mixed the furs.
Super Fluffy Bears from Beloved Wife's Coat
These bears are all fluff. Ed LaCroix sent his late wife's coat to have these made for his granddaughters.
A Beautiful Coat Becomes Five Beautiful Memory Bears
Martha Tanyi and Ginny Bosma had a beautiful fur coat that they had us make these five bears from.
Two Memory Bears With Big Personalities
Terry Bollinger sent us a lovely mink stole to have two bears made. They each ended up with their own personality.
Cherished Stole and Dress Transformed Into Three Wonderful Memory Bears
Debbie Elk sent us a fur stole along with a brown dress and a piece of cream satin. Sometimes people tell us what the significance of the materials they send is, and sometimes they don't. However, these little darlings were made from those materials.
Three Fur Bears from her Mother's Stole
Linda sent her late mother's mink stole to have bears made for her daughters and niece. It was a challenge to get three bears from the stole, but we were pleased with the results.
A Fur Coat Becomes Memories for Her Sons
Ida Hentig sent her mother-in-law's fur coat to have two bears made for her sons and their families. Dark fur is harder to photograph so this photo really doesn't do these bears justice.
A Memory Bear for a Great Niece
Bertha sent us the stole her husband had given to her many years ago to have a bear made for her great niece, who was named after him. We kept the original initials from the lining of the stole and put them on the scarf.
One More Bear to Match an Earlier Order
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.
Heirloom Fur Coat Becomes Five Fluffy Memory Bears
Lucille Fine sent her artic fox coat to have these bears made. Her coat actually didn't have quite enough fur to get the five bears she needed so we dipped into our own fur bins to augment her fur.
A Family Heirloom - Five Memory Bears From a Collection of Family Furs
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.
A Father Helps His Daughters
Remember Their Grandfather
Thompson sent his late grandfather's robe to have these lovely
24" bears made for his two daughters.
Daughter Turns Neckties Into
Two Wonderful Memories of Her Beloved Father
Mary Hendrick sent two dozen of her late father's neck ties
to have these two guys made. Neck ties make really nice bears.
There is a richness to the fabrics that shows. We create a patchwork
fabric from the ties and then cut the bears from that, so there
is a lot of work involved. However, the finished bears are truly
You really truly are a fairy godmother!! I joyfully received two ties
from your hand yesterday. Praise be.....
Miracles really do come true and this miracle came through you. So, you
see, never think for a New York minute that all you do is make bears out of used
ties. You give the bears a heart that goes on beating. I imagine
my sweet Daddy wearing all those ties and going about his work for family and
God's Kingdom. Thank you for your ministry to me.
With heartfelt appreciation,
Three Memory Bears Provide
Comfort in a Time of Loss
Kelly sent some of her late father's clothing to have memory
bears made for her and her two small daughters. Her father passed
relatively recently and she felt that having something to hug
can help her and her daughters in dealing witih their loss.
posted this wonderful comment and beautiful photo on FaceBook:
"I wanted to share this photo with you. You made bears
for us back in oct from my dads clothes (not sure if you remember
I know how busy you are) but anyways this is my oldest Mia
was her bear. She carries it everywhere with her!
"Thanks again for making them!! You can't find something
personalized like the bears everywhere!"
Mia, we are delighted you love your memory bear!
Remembering His Son With Three
Robert sent us a sweater jacket that belonged to his late son
who passed away in 1968. He wanted three bears made for this
three granddaughters. The jacket had a lot of condition issues
but we were able to make three 12" bears from it.
I never gave you any feedback on the three Memory Bears
you constructed for me back in October. I actually never looked
at the finished product until it was delivered to the three
sisters at Christmas. Needless to say, the bears were judged
a meaningful and thoughtful gift, and I blushed taking the
credit for your talent and hard work.
All the recipients were very pleased. I am not a "social
media" person, but all three sisters are. Since I see
you are on Facebook (as they are), you could look at their
posts and the resulting cascade of likes and comments... all
within the past week. Fairy Godmother is mentioned by
name at these sites.
Again, thank you so much. I appreciate that you even
put a "before" picture of the actual coat on your
site...I never thought to take a picture of it before I sent
it off to you. I've shared that photo with others, too,
so I suspect you may get further chances to work your magic. I
know my wife and I are already planning another order and will
be in touch with you soon.
Wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year!
Mother's Fur Coat and Father's Military Patches and Pins Becomes a Very Special Memory Bear
Sheree 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 built a zippered pocket into the back of the bear so she can store her parents' wedding rings there.
Sheree wrote this wonderful letter. She said I could share it with you.
Just received my Teddy and I LOVE HIM! You truly outdid yourself on this one. The workmanship is superior! The deer skins are so wonderful against the mink. I love the vest you have designed with the WWII patches and medals. I can't tell you how wonderful the back zip pocket is! I placed wedding rings and extra medals in it.
My 16 year old (football player) saw the bear and loved it. This really amazed me. He asked if it was his! I said, someday. For now the bear is mine. He examined it over and over. Cool!
I have taught for 37 years. I brought the bear to school. Other teachers were amazed and felt it was such a great tribute to my parents.
Liane, you must have been sent to me by an angel. I thank you again for your great workmanship and professionalism. Feel free to use any of this letter on your website. YOU ARE A FAIRY GODMOTHER!
Great-Grandma's Fur Coat Becomes Six Memory Bears for Future Generations
Sharon Stromme sent her late mother's fur coat and stole to have bears made for her children and grandchildren. We chose to mix the furs to make two-toned bears.
A Memory Bear for a Great, Great Granddaughter
Allan Young sent us a mink fur stole to have a bear made for his great, great, granddaughter. We kept the initials from the stole lining and used them on the scarf.
Memory Bears for a Daughter and a Niece
Kali Lopez sent her grandmother's coat to have memory bears made for her daughter and niece.
The bears arrived and they are beautifull!
They are so very special, thank you! I read teh instructions
to my little gir and will send them on to the other two that
are getting this very special present thanks to you. I will
most definitely let people know about your wonderful service!
Best to you and thanks ever so much! Kali Lopez
for a Sister
Leslie sent her grandmother's stole to have a memory bear made for
her sister. She had some specific memories of going to the store
with her grandmother and sister so we preserved the label from
the lining in the bear's scarf.
I can't even tell you how pleased I am with
the teddy bear. It was more than I expected. It brought tears
to my eyes and I know my sister is just going to cry. I'm looking
for a picture of my grandmother wearing the mink stole and
I'll give her that with it as well.
Thanks so much for an amazing memory. Leslie
Half Dozen Persian Lamb Memory Bears
Lisa sent her late mother's persian lamb coat to have us make
these little guys for her children, nieces and nephews.
and Huggable Memory Bear
Jean sent us a small stole to have this soft, huggable little
guy made. He is 18" from head to foot. His scarf preserved
the embroidered initials from the lining.
I just received my bear and I love it!! What a wonderful job
you did. Thanks so much! Jean Madsen
Large and a Small
Mary wanted a large memory bear from a fur she inherited. Once we had
the bear pattern laid out, we realized there was enough fur left
for another smaller bear so she decided to have it made as well.
Mary wrote us this beautiful letter and sent us a very special gift:
"I received my bears a week ago. I can't tell you how pleased I am. The bears are better than I imagined they could be. You certainly did a very good job on them; I will treasure them forever. Thank you.
"Enclosed is a little pin and the box says "Every once in a while we all need a helping hand from a Fairy Godmother." It has been hanging on the wall in my craft room for over ten years. I think it's time it moved to your room. Please accept this as a small token of my gratitude and appreciation for the bears. I feel it's appropriate.
"Thank you again,
Gift of Fur
Dolores's brother-in-law gave her a fur that belonged to his
late sister. She had us make two little memory bears from it.
Memory Bear for a Grandson
Pam sent her grandmother's
fur stole to have a bear made for her grandson. The fur had a
very pretty color to it and made an adorable memory bear.
Variety in Memories
Irene sent several different garments to have bears made. She
sent a couple of shirts, ties and hats from her late husband
to have two memory bears made. She also sent a couple of humorous
garments with spiders on them to have two additional bears made
from. Then, she sent a robe and nightgown from her late mother
to have a bear made for herself and her sister.
Liane: The bears arrived while I was in
New York at my niece’s wedding. My friends picked up
the box and it was such a joy to pen the box and see the great
bears. Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job. These
are exactly what I had envisioned. I am heading to Florida
on Thursday for my sister’s 80th birthday and will give
my sister he blue bear.
You exceeded my expectations.
Thank you. Irene Blundell
Bev came by personally with a couple of furs wanting four memory bears
and a pony. We used the furs to create two-toned bears. You can
see the pony on our animals page by clicking here
is an understatement! Liane is amazing. I brought in my
mom's coat and stole and she was able to present several
options. She is very kind and caring, too. I was lucky
to be able to sit down with her, but after having spent
that time, there would have been no problem with having
to ship the coats. I can't think of a better way to honor
my mother. The bears are precious. Thank you, Liane, Olga
and Lowell. Bev
Peggy sent her mother's mink stole to have two bears made for
her great grandchildren.
They have arrived!! We love our sweet bears--and can't
wait to show them to Mom. Thanks so much Liane. I've
already told several friends about your service, and hope to
send some customers your way.
Gratefully,, Peggy Tazelaar
Furs for Two Animals
Arlene sent two furs to have a bear and a bunny made.
Dear Liane, just received
my bear and rabbit, they are absolutely beautiful, I love them.
the wonderful hand made sak you made for them to travel back to
me shows me the love you have in your work. I will leave them
in my living room for a while then retire them to my bed. thanks
so much again. Arlene Peterson-- Fort Myers, Florida
Rebecca sent some left-over fur to have a bear made for a very
special lady. Since there was enough fur to get two bears, we
ended up making two.
is the best Fairy Godmother anyone could be fortunate enough
to have work done by, the bears are wonderful and your prices
are the best, the most reasonable anyone could find.
Two Furs and a Collar
Mary lost her mother earlier this year. She had her mother's
mink coat, cape and a mink collar so sent them to have a couple
of larger bears and a couple of little bears made. She and her
sister have many memories of their mother wearing the furs.
I just received the bears today and am very
pleased with them! They are absolutely adorable.
Muskrat Memory Bears
sent her grandmother's muskrat fur coat to have bears made for
herself and her siblings.Muskrat (also known as poor man's mink)
has a slightly longer fur than mink but has the same luster and
makes lovely bears.
Liane! So sorry for the delay as we continue
our hectic transition; I
waited to open your package until I was with my daughter, and we
were so thrilled with what we found; all three bears were
just perfect, beautifully made and packaged in their own little
bag:) Now I cant decide who should get them as they
are so special. Thank you for your "wonderfur" work, I
so appreciate it and will cherish the three little bears. Karen
Five Unique Bears
sent two furs to have bears made for her daughter, grandchildren
and great grandson. In order to get five bears, we had to mix
the two different furs. However, they all came out with their
own unique personalities.
They are just perfect and I love them!! Passing your talent
on to lots of people. You are a very special person to
save the memories we have in such an adorable way. Take
A REALLY Special Blanket
Debbie sent me what was once a blanket that had been in storage
for over 30 years. Mostly it was tattered pieces of a blanket.
The blankie belonged to her son when he was little. Now, in his
late 30s with a new son, she wanted a bear made from the tattered
pieces for her grandson.
job Liane! Thanks!!! Debbie
Stephanie sent her late mother's stole to have bears made
for her and her brother. We embroidered
her Mother's initials on the scarves. These two also have the
German hand-blown glass eyes.
Hi Liane - The bears arrived yesterday as scheduled
and they are gorgeous! Thank you so much!! I will do as
you asked with the testimonials ... happy to do so ... as
soon as I get a minute!
Thank you again for all your kindness!
60th Birthday Gift
Debbie sent her grandmother's mink jacket to have a couple of
bears made, one for her mother's 60th birthday. The jacket had
lovely lining that made beautiful scarves for the bears.
Liane, I just got the bears!!!!! They are BEAUTIFUL! My
mom is going to LOVE it you did a fabulous job really! They
really really came out so beautiful I cant say enough! I
cant wait til Friday to give it to her. I will send you
pics! I sure do appreciate all your hard work! I
am a crafter, quilters, crocheter ect. so I know what it takes
to do this! Thanks again! Deb
Happy 60th Anniversary Bear
Jill sent a beautiful fur coat to have a special bear made for
her parent's upcoming 60th wedding anniversary. She had us embroider
Happy 60th on the scarf along with her and her siblings' names
and some charms that she had sent along.
This guy has nothing but love put into him and all of us at
FGC wish her parents a lovely anniversary celebration!
Mink Bears for Sisters
Diana and Carol sent me their late mother's fur stole to have these
two little guys made. The fur really had its own personality
and it shows.
Carole sent her mother's silver mink stole to have bears made
for her granddaughters.
I received the bears yesterday and they are
great! They are so cute, and I can't wait to give them to my
Thanks so much,
Bears from Coat and Jackets
Jim sent a seal jacket, a rabbit jacket and a faux fur coat
to have six bears made. We mixed the furs up both to make them
stretch to six bears AND to add character.
Only one word describes the bears! WOW!!! You
have brought a great deal of JOY to my family!! Thank You.
Bobbea sent a mouton coat to have a bear and bunny made to put
on her bed. She also sent fabric for making vests. The coat
had some unusual buttons so we put them on the vests.
Three Bears to Pass On
Jan wanted three bears made from her late mother's jacket to
pass on to her children.
It's a cold, rainy, day here in GA, so I was so excited when
the postman rang my doorbell to deliver my bears! They turned
out SO precious and I loved the added touch of the bags they
were in. Thank you for taking on this project for me and
getting the bears done so quickly! When the time is right,
I will pass them on to my 3 children. They will be a cherished
keepsake for all of us. Thanks again!
Sincerely, Jan White
Beautiful Mouton Bears
sent his mother's mouton
fur coat to have three large bears made. His mother is suffering
with alzheimers and he wanted her to have one.The middle bear
pictured here has her initials on the tummy. We took them from
the lining of the coat.
What a great surprise to get
your box today. The bears are just as cute as we hoped. I'm
taking them to my Mom tonight & I can't wait to see her reaction. Thanks
sooo much for making these, they are absolutely beautiful!
Half Dozen Mink Bears
sent a mink coat to have bears made for her grandchildren. The
coat had not been preserved so it had some issues and she was
worried that the fur would not work. However, once I had a chance
to remove the lining, I was able to treat the fur and remove
the damaged areas. This left enough fur to get six 14"
Oh my gosh!! The teddy bears are absolutely
adorable, Liane! Any part of my coat left over?!?! I
want more!! I can’t thank you enough for a fabulous gift for my grandkids
. . . when they’re older and can appreciate them!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Coat and Collar Bears
Susan sent me a mink coat and black fox collar to have bears
made for herself and siblings. Each person wanted a bit different
combination of fur and eye options which made for some fun in
We love the bears. The entire process has been fun and
easy. After many years sitting in closets, the coat and
collar are now wonderful bears ~ to be handed down the generations
and loved. Thank you, thank you!
Susan and Family
Dotty sent me a robe and some other garments to have four bears
made for her children as Christmas gifts.
Dear Liane, Thank you so much for making the memory
bears for me. They are so very beautiful. I am so impressed
with your hard,creative work. I am sure my children will love
them and cherish them as I do. May God bless
you. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving -we did. My kids
will be with us for Christmas. I have to share them with the
Have a very wonderful Christmas Holiday. Dotty
Meg sent her mother's Ocelot coat to have made into seven bears
for her mother's grandchildren. Ocelot is very challenging to
work with but it makes adorable bears.
I just wanted to let you know we received the bears today and
they are wonderful. Mom is very pleased. Down the road we will
send the next shorter coat.
Lori send her grandmother's coata to have bears made for her
stepmom, sister, daughter and son. The coat was a nice, full-length
mink so we were able to get four 20" bears from it.
OMG, I just opened the box from you with my 4 bears.....I knew
they would be wonderful to see
They took my breath away and the tears started
flowing !!! My
Grandmother was Valerie von Stroheim and a Queen of a woman who
wore this coat back in the 40's and 50's. Ever since her death
it just hung in the closet. I used to stand there and 'pet' it
with fond memories of her.
NOW I am passing on the cutest, sweetest, biggest personality
bears to my family so they can smile everyday they see them !!!
You do more than sew them together....you are now part of our
amily forever !!!
Many many thanks for what you do. Lori Mantz
Donna sent me her jacket and her mother's jacket to have two
20" bears made. One was to go to her granddaughter.
Yes - the teddy bears are home - and they look
perfect !!! Gave
them to my grandchildren this past weekend and they LOVE them!!! J
Thank you, thank you!!!
for her Great Grandaughter
Dora sent me her mink stole that she had "worn on many happy
occasions." She said that shse hoped it would someday go
to her great grandaughter. The mink made a lovely little bear. The
ears, paws and sacarf were all made from the stole lining.
Dear Liane- The Teddy Bear arrived safely today
and I am delighted with him! I'm going to show him to the owner of a quilting
shop near us. I had inquired there some time ago about
a source for this conversion and she didn't have a contact. Thank
you for doing such a nice job...it takes some of the sting out
of givinig up that beautiful stole that I had enjoyed so much! Dora
Five Fluffy Bears
It was my pleasure to do business
with Liane Wagner. Liane crafted five beautiful teddy bears
for me from my mother's furs to be given to my grandchildren
for Christmas. Liane was professional, prompt, and
accomodating. Any reservations that I had, she dispelled
with her willingness to work with me and for me. Everything
she promised, she delivered and then some. My teddy bears
are beautifully "recycled" gifts and my mother would love them
! ! !
Hi Liane--just a short note to tell you how much the teddy bears
you made for me are loved by my daughter and grandaughters----lots
of emotion on Christmas morning, my thanks again for your help
and expertise---Happy New Year---Corinne Dyer, Lakewood, CA
Dozen Furry Friends
Gail sent two fur coats to have bears made for some special
people in her life. The coats originally belonged to her mother
and her aunt.
The bears that you sent are
wonderful. Great craftsmanship and wonderful detail. I
couldn't be more pleased. These will make treasured gifts
for some special family members.
I really appreciate your gifted hands. Thank you. Gail
Very Large Bears
JeanMarie sent several furs and asked for the largest bears
we could get from the fur. We ended up with six 24" bears. One of
the furs was a full-length white mink and JeanMarie wanted two
bears from that specific coat so two of the bears are all white
but the other bears were a mix of the different furs.
I picked up my box from the post office today
(we were away last week.) The Bears are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I
had tears in my eyes as we took one after the other out of
the box. So beautiful, and cute and cuddly and nostalgic at
the same time.
I will definitely write a testimonial which I will send to you
along with a picture for your website next week. But for now,
please accept my family's sincere and heartfelt thanks for the
work that you did and the love that you used to create our bears.
I really can't express the transformation that you created and
what these bears have brought into our lives.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Jean Marie
Enough for a Bear
Gayann sent me a stole that was crumbling on all sides. 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.
Liane, I absolutely love the teddy bear. He is so
sweet and will be a wonderful memory for our family. You
did a great job. thanks so much. gayann
For the Granddaughters
Marsha sent her late mother's fur to have bears made for herself
and her grandchildren. The lining on this coat was stunning and
made lovely scarves.
I got home from a vacation yesterday and was excited to open
the box filled with the most Beautiful bears I've ever seen. I
can't thank you enough for making these special bears that I
can pass on to my grandkids from their great grandmother. You
did an absolute incredible job on them. Again, thank you
so much. Marsha
Ten Little Animals
Dawn sent several fur coats and stoles that belonged to her
late mother to have a variety of animals made in her memory. We
ended up with five bears, two bunnies, a killer whale and two
ponies. The bears and bunnies were made of mink and seal, the
whale was made of seal and mink, the ponies were made of mouton,
seal and mink.
Hi Liane. Received the bears today. They are wonderful. My daughter
loves her pony and came just in time for her 8th grade moving
up! I will definitely recommend you to everyone I see. Thanks
Brown Furry Friends
sent her late aunt's coat to have bears made for her grandchildren
and grand nieces. This fur had a mind of its own but really made
I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to write this email to tell you how much
I appreciate your beautiful work. I received the four sweet bears in their bags
and couldn't wait to open them. Each one has a charm of their own. One has gone
already to live with my great niece and the others are waiting for their new
homes. I'm sure that my grandchildren and niece will love them as much as I do.
What a wonderful service you provide! I will share your name with friends and
Thank you again for your personal and professional work.
One Bear, Two Outfits
Rosemary sent her mouton jacket
to have a bear made for her first grandchild. The family did
not know if the child would be a girl or boy so she had me make
a vest in case it is a boy and a pinnafor in case it is a girl.
Hello Liane..... the bear arrived and is absolutely
beautiful!!!!!! You did a wonderfully creative job with such
a daunting task~~~~~and for this, I am very grateful :o)
He/she will make a stunning gift, forever enjoyed!!!!!!
And the vintage bag....... lovely!!!!!!!! Such a
The speed with completion was remarkable and attention to detail,
beyond fantastic and greatly appreciated!!!!!!!
Many, many thanks to you!!!!!!!!! Rosemary
Gifts for Generations
Corinne sent me her mother's furs to have bears made for
her daughter and granddaughters. The black mink and the white
fox made an adorable combination. I decided to leave the fur
long on the ears and tummies but trimmed the muzzles.
It was my pleasure to do business with Liane
crafted five beautiful teddy bears for me from my mother's furs
to be given to my grandchildren for Christmas. Liane
was professional, prompt, and accomodating. Any reservations
that I had, she dispelled with her willingness to work with me
and for me. Everything she promised, she delivered and
then some. My teddy bears are beautifully "recycled" gifts
and my mother would love them ! ! !
Corinne Dyer, California
Hi Liane--just a short note to tell you how much
the teddy bears you made for me are loved by my daughter and
grandaughters----lots of emotion on Christmas morning, my thanks
again for your help and expertise---Happy New Year---Corinne
Dyer, Lakewood, CA
Kim sent her grandmother's fur stole to have bears made for
herself and her cousin. The
stole was small so the bears were small.
I apologize for not notifying you sooner, but I did receive
the bears. I was away and come home to them. That
was a nice surprise. I love them. It brought tears
to my eyes to see my grandmothers fur transformed. Thank
you very much.
A Special Gift for Her DIL
Frances sent me her daughter-in-law's late mother mink jacket
to have a bear made.
I am overjoyed with the truly beautiful teddy
bear you made for
my daughter-in-law. Her mother had passed several years ago and
when Sharon gave me her Mom’s mink jacket I decided to
do something special with it. I looked at several web sites,
but something told me I could trust you with the irreplaceable
jacket. So I took a leap of faith and sent it.
You emailed me immediately to let me know that
you had received the fur and told me that you had a 5 week
turn around. True
to your word, You received the jacket on March 16 and I received
the beautiful bear on April 19.
I gave it to my daughter-in-law. She hugged it and cried.
I can’t thank you enough for preserving something of her
Mom’s that Sharon can hold on to. I have a new friend in
Sincerely, Frances V. Reissner
In Memory of Wolfie
Annie lost her beloved Pomeranian, Wolfie. She sent me his jacket
and asked me to make a bear in his memory from some of the fur
I had on hand. I didn't have an exact color match to work with,
but I used a combination of fox and coyote fur. Since Wolfie
usually had his tongue hanging out, Annie asked me to add that
I just got back from my trip to Japan and Hawaii and received
Teddy!!! He is adorable!!! I love the cute tongue and how you
jammies into a tee!!! So cute! He is now on my shelf memorial
in my bedroom.
Now I have him to hug!
Thank you so much for all the time and love you put into him,
Two Minks Five Bears
Joanne sent me two furs that belonged to her late mother.One
was a lighter mink stole and the other was a blond mink jacket
with very ornate lining. Joanne wanted to surprise her sisters
and brothers with bears in memory of their mother.
Hello Liane.....I recently received a gift from my sister Joanne
... who mailed you our mothers fur coat .... Our mother has been
gone 20 years now and she was the core of our family. My sister
always wanted to have teddy bears made from this coat but the
timing wasn't never right...With your beautiful talent, your
patience,and love, you turned that coat into a life time of memories
. My sister kept it a secret and mailed the bears to us her siblings.
I received the parcel and did not know what was inside. When
I opened the parcel my heart exploded and tears of joy ran down
my face. Not only was I able to hug my teddy bear but the teddy
bear hugged me back and I felt my mothers embrace. You have a
gifted talent that cannot be replaced. I Thank you a millions
times over for my Teddy Bear ( i named her Sunshyne) it is a
gift that I will treasure forever.
sincerely cindy (sister of Joanne)
Jeanie wanted a bear made from her Coyote fur jacket. Coyote is
a beautiful fur and really makes the most adorable bears, but the
fur is a "bear" to work with. I had fun sculpting the
face and we used fur on the inside of the ears as well.
I just received my coyote fur
bear today - It is totally adorable! I
love what you did with the short fur nose and inner ears. The
lining made wonderful paw pads and scart and the deep red you added
was perfect! Thank you for the beautiful job you did in preserving
my jacket. Thank you again and again,
Beautiful Bears from Mom's Coat
Teri sent her mother's fur coat to have bears made. The coat had
a mixture of short and long fur so we decided to emphasize that
mixture. It made unusual, fluffy bears with a lot of personality. The
two bears with color scarves are 14" and the two bears with the lining
scarves are 18".
Good morning Liane,
I wanted to let you know that the bears arrived yesterday. They are absolutely
perfect and I can't thank you enough.
I brought one to school with me today
and have been showing it off. I also have given many teachers your
information, just in case they decide to have bears made.
Thank you again, I now have a lasting memory of my mom and myself
for my children, niece and nephew.
Lynn sent her grandmother's fur to have two bears made for
her and her brother's family. The fur was a dark mink and made
What a fabulous homecoming!!! My husband and I returned
from 3 weeks in South America yesterday, and when the mail came
(all 3 weeks of it!), there was a package from you. I was
so excited I could hardly get the box open. The bears are
absolutely fantastic. They are all I dreamed of and MORE! You
did an outstanding job and I love the bears so very much. Today
I invited my best friend over to see them and she was just awed! She
does a lot of sewing and said that your work was really top quality. All
and all, the bears are a HUGE success and greatly loved! I
will give the smaller one to my brother’s family. Thus,
they too will have something from my grandmother and can pass
the bear down within their family. I will keep the larger
one for myself and love and cherish it. He sits on our
bed and each time I pass him, he brings back wonderful memories
of my grandmother. It’s so much better than having
a coat I don’t wear taking up room in my closet.
I will certainly recommend your
fine work to anyone that might be interested and tell them
what a wonderful “fairy godmother” I
found on the internet. Thank you from the bottom of my
Linda sent her mother's white mink stole and her mother-in-law's
dark mink coat. The coat was in very poor condition and it was
a challenge to use the fur. I was able to salvage just enough
to get two bears from it. The white stole was in fine condition
so I mixed the two furs to make the four bears she wanted.
When I shipped you my mother-in-law's
brown mink coat and my mother's white mink stole, I was excited
to get this project started. i was very excited when you suggested
using both colors in each of four teddy bears. I was excited
when the carton arrived with our new additions. then came Christmas
morning and I could hardly contain myself until my four grandaughters
openedd their bags--after I narrated the significance of the
I am so happy I found you on the internet.
Your work exceeded my highest expectations. Thank you and Happy
Keeping the T-Shirt
Mia sent me her late Father-in-Law's favorite T-shirt and another
work shirt to have bears made for her husband and his brother.
The T-Shirt had a saying on it that she wanted captured. I had
to split the words between the front and back of the bear because
they were too big to fit all on the front. However, I think it
"I have been thinking of just
how to express the feeling I had, when I opened my heirloom
bears from Liane! They were mesmerizing~ All the memories from
our father, came flashing by, and we both cried as we held
the bear in our arms. This is the most precious thing we own...We
couldn't be happier with the outcome, and I will cherish the
bear forever...Thank you Liane for capturing the true spirit
of our father in these adorable, huggable, bears!" --
Warmest wishes... Mia
Bears for Siblings
Susan sent me her late mother's mink coat to have bears made for
her and her siblings. I was able to get four 14" bears and one
12" bear from the fur. Each bear has a vest made from the
I picked up the bears this week
and they are so cute! It
was a pleasure working with you on this project - it was certainly
an easy process. My siblings will love the bears as a Christmas
present, and, as a reminder of Mom since the fur was her original
mink coat. I am so pleased I chose to do this. With
your help it has been a very gratifying project.
Many thanks. Susan
Opossum in Three
Nancy sent me her Opossum coat to have three bears made for her
daughters and granddaughter. Opossum coats are often made up
of a kind of patchwork of different colors so it makes really interesting
and unique bears.
I just went to the post office to pick up my package (I was gone
for the weekend).
I have never been happier...They are absolutely gorgeous!
I have to tell you that I was a little apprehensive about sending
a complete stranger my coat and money without knowing anything
about you, but I can say now with complete confidence that you
are the real deal.
I checked out a couple web-sites
before deciding on you. I
felt that your web-site was the most direct, but most importantly,
I felt an honesty in yours that I didn't feel in the others that
I reviewed. I made the RIGHT decision!
The quality and care that went
into your creations is obvious in the finished product. I love
the expressions on the bears faces. They
just look sooooo happy. My adult daughters will receive theirs
for Christmas. I haven't decided when to give the other
one to my 4 year grand-daughter.
All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you. Nancy
Merry, merry Christmas to you. I had to let you know that
my daughters think that you and I are "the bomb". They
were so surprised and moved by the bears that you created from
my coat. There were some tears of joy and lots of good memories
Thank you again for allowing me to do business
with you. And thank you for your talent. Nancy
Big Furry Bears for Granddaughters
Marjorie sent me her black fox jacket to have two bears made
for her granddaughters. Fox is one of the more difficult furs
with, but it makes really furry bears. She also had me put her granddaughters'
initials on the scarf.
Our two beautiful bears made from my black fox
jacket arrived today. My granddaughters and I just love them
and could not be happier. Their faces are adorable and the
bodies so furry and silky. Thank you so much for creating something
my girls will have for a lifetime. You truly are a fairy godmother..........Marjorie
Furry Gifts for a Friend's Grandchildren
Maureen sent me a coat that belonged to her friend who passed
away. She wanted two bears made for her friend's grandchildren. The
coat was made of white fox. Fox is difficult to work with but it
makes truly beautiful bears.
Liane -- The bears are fabulous!!! Your
workmanship is unbelievable!.
My husband said there's no way I'll be able to wait until Christmas to
give them to my friend's daughters. I'll keep you card on hand and refer
my friends to you.
Just Too Fluffy
Vicki sent me her raccoon coat and asked me to get two bears
from it. I used nearly every last inch to get these two fluffy
18" bears. Raccoon is one of the more difficult furs to
work with because of the way the coat manufacturers actually
create the coats. However, it makes such lovely bears.
My precious bears arrived yesterday. They are absolutely
beautiful. I was originally planning on giving them to
my granddaughters but that will have to wait I can't bear to
let them go (sorry no pun intended there). .... I don't
know why I waited so long to send you the coat, if I'd
know how much joy they would be giving me I would have sent it
much sooner. Thank you again so much !
Mary Lou had her late husband's military uniform and decided
to take it out of the closet and have a memory bear made from
it. I preserved many of the embelishments from the uniform to
use on the bear and its scarf. This little guy is 18" and
has glass eyes and corded joints.
Comment from my Facebook
This bear is even better
in person. This bear was made for a friend of mine. It was
made from a Blue Air Force uniform. The blue does not come
out in the picture. The bear also has beautiful blue eyes.
The front of the scarf is light blue from the uniform's shirt.
The button on the scarf was the one of the buttons from the
jacket. The medals are part of the medals this man earned.
What a great keepsake. Beth
Persian Lamb and Mink Bears
Beth is local to me and she brought over her black Persian Lamb
coat with a silver mink collar. she wanted three bears made.
We decided to use the mink as accent in the muzzles and ears
of the bears.
Liane, I love my bears. You did an outstanding
job on them. Each one has it's own personality. Every time I
look at them, I am reminded of my Mother. I am so glad I found
you living so close to me. It was great meeting you in person.
I will spread the word about your work. I have already sent you
one of my friends to have a bear made out of her husbands military
uniform. I can't wait to see it. It will mean so much to her.
In Memory of Mom
Marcia sent me her late mother's fur coat and a couple of her
mother's favorite dusters and asked me to make four bears with
outfits. She wanted each bear to wear a duster, glasses, beaded
necklace and bracelet as well as embroidered scarf. I made the
dusters in the same style as the original ones.
The 4 memory bears arrived
are just perfect! I could not get over the incredible
detail you have put into each bear. From my first email
to you requesting 4 memory bears, sending my mom’s fur
coat and 2 duster dresses, my ‘long’ list of instructions
as each bear was a bit different, to receiving progress updates,
to picking up the box at the post office; the process was smooth
and timely. You graciously honored my timeline as I plan
to give them to my sister, niece, and daughter on May 23rd,
the first anniversary of our mom’s/grandma’s death.
I am completely overwhelmed
with each bear and as soon as I saw the first one, I burst
into tears. They
remind me of mom in so many ways; you have certainly captured
her for all of us! From the duster dresses (which she
wore in her senior years), the eye glasses, and the ‘jewelry’,
the bears are truly her. You have put so much work into
each bear and it shows! I could not be more pleased. There
are no words to tell you just how much they mean to me and
will to the receivers.
Once again, thank you for
your time and TALENT! You
have an amazing gift of making memories that will last for
years to come, and for that, I will always be grateful!
My best wishes for your
continued success. Your
work is amazing!
Christmas Gifts for Grandchildren
Lorna sent several garments to have bears made for her eight
grandchildren. Six of the bears are made for her young granddaughters.
The bears are made from a robe and additional fabric she sent.
I then made wardrobes for each bear consisting of a party dress
(made from Lorna's mother's silk stole) and an outfit that included
a shirt, pants and jacket (all made from clothing).For her grandson,
I made a hoodie and shorts from a shirt that Lorna's father used
to wear. The fur bear was for her teenage granddaughter and was
made from a fox fur jacket.
I sent the pictures to my daughters and one emailed me back that
she had to stop crying before she could reply! She loved
them, so I think they will be well received. Certainly,
they will be well received by the parents of the kiddos who
will receive the bears!
Thanks so much, and I will let you know when they arrive.
In Memory of a Beloved Son
Lois's son was a vibrant, active person who was taken from her
suddenly. She sent me his favorite shirt and hopefully this little
bear will help bring comfort to a grieving family.
Liane, I received my little red bear today and
it surpassed my expectations! I can't think of
a better way to keep alive the memory of a loved one. You
do beautiful work and the gift bag was a pleasant surprise. I
will surely pass on your name to family and friends. Thank
you for doing this project for me
You can see more projects on my Gallery Pages
To order, download the form and send it,
along with your garment and payment to:
3943 Old Troy PIke
Dayton, OH 45404
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
Full length coat = Four to six 12"-14" bears
or three 16" bears
or two 18"-24" bears
Standard men's shirt = Two 12"-14" bears or
one 16-18" bear
Standard woman's blouse = Two 12"-14" bears or
one 16" bear
Standard pair of pants = Two 12"-14" bears or
one 16" bear
Full length bath robe = Four to six 14" bears, Two
to three 16-18" bears, two 20-24" bears
Wedding dress = eight to ten14" bears (0r more),
six to eight16-18" bears. I don't recommend 20" bears
from wedding dress materials.
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.
Questions about Fur
Will My Fur Work Well?
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, Weasle, 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
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
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 $50 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, it works best on bears 16" or
Can you use smaller fur pieces?
Some people have collars, hats or the kind of decorative
stole that is made of several small animals--more like
an accent piece than an actual stole. I can make small
bears using fur for the head and paws and other fabric
for the actual body (which is covered by an outfit).
However, I do charge for the bear plus a full outfit
to do so.
How do I know if my fur will work?
Most fur that still has its original lining in good
shape tends to be useable. Furiers use lining fabrics
that allow the hide to keep its oils. Vintage fur can
get dried out over time though--actually, it is the
hide that gets dried out. If the hide is too dry, the
needle holes from sewing act like perforation instead
For thicker hide like mink, muskrat, wolf, beaver
you can test the fur. If you peel back a bit of lining
on your garment to expose the hide, try and poke your
finger through the hide (preferrably not on a seam--though
some fur is made up of nothing but seams). If it takes
a lot of effort to tear, or if the hide simply doesn't
tear, your fur is probably going to do well in the
sewing process. If the fur tears easily or acts like
paper once there is a little hole (as long as it isn't
along a seam) then it is pretty dried out.
For thin hide like rabbit and silver fox, this test
won't work because the hide will poke through even
if it is in good condition. The best thing to do is
send me the fur so I can assess it.
There are things I can do to re-inforce most hide
(in fact, I rarely have to send a garment back). If
you are unsure, you can send the fur to me along with
your order. If the fur simply won't work, I'll ship
it back along with your returned payment minuse the
cost to ship the garment back.
Is there any option for fur that is dried
Yes, there may be. If your fur is in bad shape but
you want me to try and use it, I have a process I've
developed that has made it possible to use every
fur that has been sent to me so far. However, there
are no guarantees so I will only attempt it with
the following understanding 1.) If it simply won't
work after I've tried, I will return all but $20
of your money. 2.)It requires me to cut the fur in
order to create a bear arm and leg. I use a process
I've developed but I won't know if the fur will split
at the seam until I turn and stuff a sewn piece or
two. If the test does not work and you want the fur
returned, I will also charge ($15) to ship it back
at that point.
What happens to the extra fur?
Most of the time, there isn't much in the way of extra
fur. Very few people have only wanted one bear from
the fur they have sent me so I'm frantically working
to get the number of bears they want from the fur.
However, occasionally there is a little fur left over.
Unless the person who sent it specifically requests
to have it back, I will keep it and use it to augment
other projects--or use when I want to do a test run
on a new pattern or approach (I have a growing collection
of prototype bear heads :) ). If I've collected enough
extra fur to make a bear, I'll sometimes create one,
but it doesn't happen very often. There isn't much
of a market for people who want to purchase a bear
specifically made from real fur and there is a segment
of the population that is offended by what I do so
I can't just make a real fur bear to give to a charity
auction. The people coming to this site are looking
for someone to help them turn their heirloom fur into
bears so it is a more personal service rather than
a manufacturing process.
I have an old fur coat I don't want, do you
Yes, if you have an old fur coat you don't want I
will take it off your hands. I'm not in the
market for buying fur but will happily reimburse
your shipping costs. Most of the people coming to this
web site want bears made from THEIR fur and very few
people are simply looking for a pre-made bear made
of real fur so it isn't usually worth it for me to
spend money on fur to make bears from. If you have
the energy, you might be able to sell your fur on Ebay.
Questions about Fabric
I have a couple of shirts from my late husband
and would like bears for each of my grandchildren. How
can you use them to create five bears the same?
I can use quilting and patchwork techniques that incorporate
the different fabrics into each bear. This bear uses
a quilting pierpoint star on the belly, embroidered initials
on the foot and patchwork from a couple of garments.
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.
Do you do animals other than bears?
Yes, I literally have hundreds of patterns from over
40 years of sewing. If you want a cat, a bunny, a dog
or some other animal, let me know what you are looking
for. You can click here
to see a growing gallery of other animals.
you use the garment lining?
Yes, if the garment has lining material that can be
used for paw pads and ear pads as well as noses sometimes,
I will use it if at all possible. I will try to use
it to make a scarf for each bear as well. If the lining
is just too old (old satin degrades to the point that
it simply tears easily), I use satin scraps from my
own supplies. If there is a special embroidery element,
I try to work it into a scarf when possible.
What kind of eyes do you use?
I use standard acrylic safety bear eyes for my basic
bears. The acrylic eyes are more affordable, long-lasting
and look good. They are also more secure so don't represent
a choking hazzard for little ones. If someone wants
glass eyes, I will use glass eyes. They take a special
order and do cost a bit more ($15 per bear) and they ARE
NOT for bears being given to little children.
Although they are securely applied, glass eyes are
attached to a wire that can break if enough twisting
and pressure is put on them--making them a potential
choking hazzard. If someone wants an old fashioned
folk-art look, I use buttons for eyes. If you are interested
in glass eyes or button eyes, please mention it when
you place your order.
Why aren't your bears' heads jointed?
I try to make bears that can be cuddled and I'm usually
working with older materials. In order to joint the
head, the bear head and body have to be very firmly
stuffed or the head will flop around. This not only
makes them less cuddly, it puts extra pressure on the
head and body materials. If you want a jointed head,
I will do so, but there is a $20 per bear charge.
Do you offer internment of ashes?
Yes, this is a specialized service and is not offered
on my order forms but I can place a small portion of
ashes in a sealed water-tight container into each bear.
For those who would like to do their own internment,
I can create a pocket in the back of each bear that
you can slide a small locket or container into. If
you want internment options, please call ahead to discuss
what will work best for you and your family.
How much time do you put into each bear?
Normally, each bear takes 8-12 hours. There are some
preliminary things I have to do to the fur or fabric
to make sure it will hold up to the sewing. With some
garments it can take nearly an hour just to propperly
remove the lining. The higher quality the garment,
the more difficult to get the lining off. I often have
to adapt my patterns to work with the fabric/fur nap
as well and this can literally take hours of switching
the pattern pieces around when I'm trying to get several
bears from a single garment. In addition, the joints
take time to apply and have to have the right amount
of tension. And, of course, there is a lot of hand
How long can I expect to wait before my bear
I tell people that an average bear order takes about
four to five weeks from the day I receive the materials
to the day I ship it out. Sometimes I will turn an
order around faster though. It really depends on how
many bears I'm trying to make from the materials and
what I have going on. Since this is a hobby, I use
my evenings and weekend time. I try not to work every
evening or my family feels neglected. I do try to email
updates along the way. Starting in mid September, Christmas
reservations tend to keep me pretty busy through to
Christmas so I highly recommend planning ahead if you
are wanting bears as Christmas gifts.
How should I send my garment?
Pack it into as small a box you can fit it in. I'd
prefer not to receive garment bags or cases that need
to be returned. If you are concerned about protecting
it from moisture, put it into a plastic garbage bag.
It will not be in the mail very long--and I remove
it from the box when it arrives.
I realize that I'm working with materials that mean something to the
person who sends them. As a result, I treat those materials with respect.
Here is the process that I use:
Assessing the Fur/Fabric: When the package of materials
arrives, the first thing I do is check the fur (or fabric) to make sure
it can handle the sewing process. Although there are techniques I can
use to re-enforce the fur, if I simply don't believe the fur will hold
up, I will call and give the option of having me try and stabilize the
fur with the understanding stated under my FAQ or re-package the fur
and return it to the sender along with their payment minus the cost of
If the fur/fabric is in workable condition, I will send an email letting
the person know. If there is a question as to how many bears or what
size bears I can get out of the piece, I can usually answer those questions
at that time.
Preparing the Fur: I then carefully remove all linings
and interfaces from the fur garment. I test the lining material to see
if it will hold up to being used as accent cloth for paw and ear pads.
On really old coats, the lining material gets very fragile so it isn't
always useable. I then disassemble the primary seams of the garment to
retrieve as much of the fur as possible and to allow the fur to lay flat.
For fabric garments, I disassemble the garments so that the fabric lays
Placing and Cutting the Pattern: Once the fur/fabric
is ready, I carefully lay out all the pattern pieces. Since I have to
avoid certain types of seams and I need certain pieces to match the fur
or nap, this can take quite a bit of time. Once every piece for each
bear I'm making is in place, I cut them out.
Sewing and Assembly: The individual parts are machine
sewn leaving openings for stuffing each part. I sew the head, attaching
the ears and adding eyes and noses. Once the head looks right, I tuck
it into the bear body inside out and sew it on the body by hand. I then
mark where the joints will be placed and turn the body and head right-side
out. Once the arms, legs, paws are sewn, I start attaching the arms and
legs using plastic joints or locking nuts, bolts and washers so that
the arms and legs move. For lighter weight fabrics, I may use a corded
joint. Once all of the arms and legs are attached and moving correctly,
I stuff each element and close them with hand stitches.
Finishing Touches: If the person I'm creating the bear
(s) for has also requested a full outfit, I create an outfit based on
any information I've been given about the person the bear is in memory
of. An outfit can take several hours to make and each is created uniquely
for the bear.
For those not paying for a full outfit, I add a Fairygodmother signature
scarf as an accent.
Finally: I take a picture and email it before putting
the final bears into the mail.
I usually post the picture on my web site with some information
about the project. If I receive a comment from the person after they
have received their bears, I add it to the picture on my web site.
Not everyone takes the time to write but I do like to share the projects.
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