This is a wonderful project to help loved ones with the grieving process. Clothes are turned into an 18″ Teddy Bear with the bible verse, ‘Do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT’ inscribed on a heart. There are currently websites where one can send in clothes for a fee and have a bear made. There is a lot of labor involved, about 6 hours per bear so the fee is fair.
Our pray is that a church group will take this up as a ministry to help others; reminding them that they are not alone. The simple verse reminds the one doing the work, and the one receiving the bear, that the bible boils down to love; loving God and loving each other.
Working as a group and with some of our labor cutting tips, the bears will seem to multiple on their own. The patterns can be converted into foam core templates that save time by allowing multiple layer cutting with a rotary cutter and mat. Button eyes are replaced with child proof animal safety eyes that are attached with a rivet; no sewing, just snap in place through a hole. While one is cutting, others can be: sewing, ironing on the hearts, stuffing the bears, closure with hand sewing, attaching nose, and drawing the mouth.
Don’t be surprised if those that you bless with the memory bears want to join you to help someone else. Don’t forget to take photos of the bears made and add to a God journal with thank you notes, scraps of fabric, and if your blessed a photo of the person with his or her bear. It’s a good way to spur you on and remember what God has done using your hands.
Here are the hearts that are printed on the iron transfer sheets for dark fabric. The nice thing about this is that you do not have to reverse the image. This needs to be ironed on to the left side of the chest prior to sewing. Click on Bear Directions to pull up and print the directions below. In addition to these check out more information under Memory Bears, then go to Time Savers. To view and print costs, click on Bear Costs. More information is shown on Costs & Products for what to buy, how much, and where.