Ready to be hugged and loved, these precious stuffed animals are designed to help everyone find some much-needed comfort through life’s trying times.
Similar to memory pillows, DIY memory bears, which are most often crafted from the clothing of family members or friends that have passed away or are no longer living nearby, have become increasingly popular across Pinterest and Etsy. The DIYers behind the trend transform clothing (and the cherished memories associated with the item) into a cuddly bear for you to hold on to.
Whether you’re mourning a family member, missing someone special while you’re separated (think deployed military moms or dads), or-on a happier note-simply wanting to preserve the memory of a happy time, these little trinkets can provide a much needed smile.
To make one at home, you can use this pattern from Kiseg’s blog, or purchase a sewing guide on Etsy, then use just about any material to assemble it. Opt for grandma’s favorite shirt to remember the feeling of her hug after she’s gone, or use the onesie your baby was brought home from the hospital in to remember that sweet day after she’s all grown up and off to college.
For about $35-70, you can also order one through Etsy if sewing isn’t your strong suit-just send your chosen material to a merchant on Etsy who will then custom make one for you.