bears arrived today and I have never seen anything
so cute in my life! . ... It was
a wonderful pleasure working with you on this
project, your ethics, communication, prices
and love for this craft is heartwarming- a
fairy Godmother indeed! Please keep in
touch and from my heart, thank you!
bears were a "smash"....
the girls loved them. At first they were
not sure what they were and then when I said (their
aunt's) mink they went crazy. They
have already bought shadow boxes for them. This
was such a great experience and I thank you again. I
know you will be hearing from me in the future.
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.
Standard Memory Bear Making Fees
Any fur or fabric that can be sewn. I can combine
two different garments for two-toned bears. Each
bear has jointed arms and legs, acrylic safety-lock
eyes, plastic nose and comes with a scarf or satin
$85 (plus shipping) for
a 10"-14" bear
$95 (plus shipping) for a 16" or
$125 (plus shipping) for a 20" bear
$145 (plus shipping) for a 24" bear
Shipping is $15 for the first
memory bear and $5 per each additional
bear. We are located in Dayton, Ohio (45404).
Order, Click Here for a Downloadable Order Form
Scroll down to find additional information.
Patchwork Teddy Bears, Neck Tie Bears & First Year
Combines four to twelve different garments into a fun,
colorful heirloom. These bears are extremely time consuming,
so they are priced higher.
For Pricing and
Additional Information, Click Here
Order Form Click Here
$15 for the first bear and $5
per each additional bear. I am located in Dayton,
$15 Premium German Glass Eyes (These
are a special order and are available in three color options:
Brown, Blue and old fashioned Shoe Button Black. (Glass eyes
are NOT child safe.)
$15 to embroider two (2) initials on one foot per bear (Because
the foot pad is not that large, we are limited to two (2) initials
$15 to embroider initials or name on scarf (I
do not have a large, industrial embroidery machine so am limited
to a 4" space but I can put a name on each scarf)
$15 to make a vest (I can make the vest from
additional clothing you send, or from the lining of a coat,
or from my own selection of fabrics. the cost is the same)
$35 to make a full custom outfit
$25 to insert an in-stock 18 note music box We have a limited music selection in stock (check the order form for our current tunes). If you
have a specific melody you'd like, you can either supply the
music box, or I can try to find it. I will charge the normal
$25 insert cost plus whatever the music box costs.
For fabric based memory bears only: I
can embroider a short name or two initials on the right side
front of the bear itself (kind of over the heart) for $20 per
bear but you MUST contact me in advance if you want me to do
this. It is not on the order form.
Download the form and send it, along with your garment and
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
For some reason, AOL doesn't always allow my emails through.
If you have emailed me and don't receive a response within
24 hours, it means I either didn't get your email, or my response
did not make it to you.
For real fur coats/stoles, the fur needs to be soft enough to sew.
If the hide is too dry, it will not hold the seams. I usually will
not do anything to an heirloom garment unless I believe the material
will work for the project. For more information about how to assess
your fur's condition scroll down to find Frequently Asked Questions.
Important!: It is important to know that memory
bears made from matured fur cannot be considered toys. Although
I do things to re-enforce the fur and make it stable, old fur is
not overly sturdy and it simply won't hold up to rough child play.
In addition, the premium glass eyes are NOT child safe. They are
blown glass on the end of a wire. Although they are securely attached
to the bear, a child pulling and twisting them can break them off
and they can become a choking hazzard.
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 Happy Memory Bear for a Friend
Andrea Rabiner sent us a Michigan Wolverines sweat shirt to have a memory bear made for a friend. We couldn't fit all of the graphics from the shirt, but we did use some of them in the creation of this happy guy.
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.
Memory Bear for a Dear Sister-in-law
Sandy Romkey sent her late brother's shirt to have a memory bear made and sent to her sister-in-law. She had also included a little note that we mounted on to a piece of card stock and put into a matching mini envelope that we attached to the bear's paw.
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.
Six Patchwork Memory Bears
Doris Kaderabek asked us to use the left-over fabric from her first order to make six patchwork bears. Olga ended up cutting over 800 individual pieces to make these bears. However, I think the end result was worth it.
Remembering a Beloved Brother-In-Law
Rebecca Morrow Hugh sent some of her late brother-in-law's shirts to have memory bears made for her sister and niece. We mixed the shirt colors to create these two unique bears.
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
Seven Bears Spreading Christmas Joy
This family of bears was a special gift from Susan for her loved ones for Christmas. They were featured in a video we made about the 119 Bears (and one cat) we created for Christmas. Susan saw the video on FaceBook and noticed her family of bears starring as bears number 88 through 94. You can see the video here on YouTube.
Susan wrote: "We are number 88 - 94. I don't know how to thank you. It was a very emotional First Christmas without our Mother. The bears that you made from my Mom's favorite blanket, tops and 2 of my Dad's suit coats turned out amazing. My family loved them. You are a blessing!" -Susan Rearick
A Father Helps His Daughters Remember Their Grandfather
Todd 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 one-of-a-kind.
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 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.
Kelly 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!
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.
Remembering His Son With Three Memory Bears
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.
A Wedding Dress Becomes Four Cute, Happy Memory Bears
Betty Hove sent her mother's wedding dress to have four small bears made for her loved ones. The dress was a dark blue stretch velour that gave me quite a challenge but made really cute, happy memory bears.
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.
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.
Two Special Memory Bears Made From Her Late Husband's Shirts
Jackie Shifflett sent us some of her late husband's shirts to have two special bears made.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
Lisa sent several of her late father's shirts to have bears
made for her, her siblings and cousin.
The bears are HERE! Thank you so very much!!!
:-) They are perfect!!!! Love the fabric bags as well! I
have shared your website with many people!!!
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!!
Pant and Shirt Bears for Pam
a pair of pants
a shirt to have two bears made for loved ones. We used the pants
for the bears and made vests from the shirt.
so very very much Liane! They are so adorable!! I know
they will bring quite the amount of joy to them :) God
bless you and the work you do. Pam
Deb wanted a special bear for her daughter's birthday. She sent
me two sweat shirts that had a graphic on them. She wanted a
20" bear from the sweatshirts and wanted the graphic incorporated
into the bear. In order to get the graphic on the bear, I treated
it to reduce any fraying and cut the graphic out and hand sewed
it on to the bear's belly.
I just received the bear.
My daughter LOVES it!!!!!
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 in-laws .LOL!
Have a very wonderful Christmas Holiday. Dotty
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
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
Button Down Shirts
Michelle sent a couple of her
late father's shirts. She wanted a bear made from one with a
button-down shirt. She also sent her mother's bear and asked
to have a shirt made for it from one of her father's shirts.
I am blown away by the bear and the shirts. They are so fantastic. We have a
mass for my Dad on Sunday and I will give it to my mom then. I will also bring
tissues. Thank you Thank you Thank you. I will write a glowing recommendation
on your website when I can put together some eloquent words. Right now all
I can think of is WOW (haha)
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.
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.
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
Each bear has approximately 24 pattern pieces. I have two
primary patterns in a range of sizes. 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
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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