Turn Your Baby’s Clothes Into Keepsake ‘Memory Bears’
Hang onto those precious memories forever.
Typically, you are responsible for sending the garment you want the designer to use, but you don’t necessarily have to pay someone else to make you a memory bear.
If you have the sewing skills, here’s a pattern and instructions you can buy on Etsy for just $3.99.
Sherry Sopoci, who made the pattern and has years of experience making memory bears, offers some advice, “The main thing, no matter what fabric you’re using, is to add fusible interfacing to stabilize the fabric.”
Sopoci says interfacing will help to prevent the onesie fabric from bunching. She also shared the following advice:
- For sewing beginners: When you’re using the pattern to cut pieces, remember to cut two opposite pieces (one for each half of the bear).
- Instead of adding the interfacing to separate onesie pieces, try lining and ironing the entire onesie at one time before cutting (a huge time-saver).
And instead of onesies, you can always use other pieces of special clothing, a hospital blanket or even a two-piece set of pajamas.
You can also turn these special outfits into a pillow. Check out these patterns and tutorials that other seamstresses have shared.
For something really special, parents often make a memory bear from the outfit their little bundle of joy was wearing when he or she left the hospital. We can imagine that would never end up buried in the attic!
Make sure you also check out these hilarious baby onesies!