Nothing is more rewarding for parents than seeing their child grow up and prosper, and many parents joke about eagerly awaiting their kids to grow up and move out of the house. An empty nest is actually an extremely emotional and bittersweet process.
For many parents, giving away their children’s baby clothing can be emotional and very hard to do. Instead of holding on to a bunch of baby clothes that no one in the household can use anymore, here’s how to turn a couple of these garments into a keepsake that you can cherish forever!
They are called “memory bears.” Each one is made specially from garments that are provided by the purchaser.
You simply send the store two to three items of fabric that will be made into a one-of-a-kind bear for you.
“[These] Custom Memory Bear is made from pre-loved items that hold a special place in your heart,” writes LonelyOakArts, one of the shops on Etsy that creates these adorable keepsakes.
“We all have saved some of our favorite clothing or blankets from when our kids were small, but what do you do with them? Make them into a cute bear,” says GreatNorthernMemorie, another shop on Etsy that provides the same service.
This can also be a particularly precious and valuable memento of something left behind by a loved one who has passed.
Each crafter who makes these unique bears have their own individual style and approach.
This is why it is important to let the artist know exactly what you have in mind.
Many of the garments are already well-worn, resulting in an especially soft and cuddly teddy bear that holds extra meaning.
Interesting designs like this cupcake onesie can give the final product a unique look.
It’s easy to bring back a lot of precious memories of holding your child in your arms in that same garment that is used for the bear.
It doesn’t even have to be in the shape of a bear! It can be your child’s favorite animal – be it a bear, a whale, a monkey, or a horse.
Or how about this adorable bunny?
This child’s baby blanket was turned into a cuddly bunny so that he can continue keeping it with him for comfort throughout his childhood.
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