Memory Bears (Corduroy)

Memory Bears from Old Clothing: We’ll Make a Bear for You!

Life is in the details. And so are memory bears. At ReMinkie, we specialize in the highest quality personalized teddy bears from clothing. Each bear is a unique work of art — designed especially for you. With over 20 years experience, we offer exquisite details and expert artistry.

Memory Bears from Clothing!

We will make a bear for you from the materials of your choice.

Maybe you’d like to turn a favorite sweatshirt into a bear? An old uniform? A college tee? A baby blanket? The choices are endless!

Repurpose and recycle your favorite clothing. Let us make a bear for you that will turn into a treasured keepsake. Our personalized teddy bears make unique and memorable gifts, ready to be passed on from one generation to another.

The ReMinkie Bears featured on this page were made from a loved one’s corduroy shirt. For a special touch, we added embroidery on the bear’s foot pads.

Easter Bunny - Memory Bear

Looking for Easter Gifts? Personalized Easter Bunny!

Looking for Easter gifts? A personalized Easter Bunny is perfect!

At ReMinkie, we don’t simply make personalized teddy bears. We also make personalized dogs, cats, and bunny rabbits! Our stuffed-animals can be made from any fabric you choose! This includes sentimental fabrics. Clients often send us old baby blankets, children’s clothes, mother’s’ fur coats, father’s’ neckties, and more. We transform these nostalgic materials into Easter Bunnies, Personalized Teddy Bears, and more.

Personalized Easter Gifts:
Easter Bunny from Your Repurposed Fabric and Furs

Looking for personalized Easter gifts? Our Easter Bunnies can be personalized, embroidered, monogrammed, and more. Our custom-made bunnies are a meaningful way to repurpose and recycle old clothing, coats, quilts, and furs.

So why not make this Easter holiday extra special? Give a beloved child or special adult an Easter Bunny! Made from meaningful fabrics or furs, our bunnies offer substance and sentiment. We also make custom pillows and throws as truly unique Easter gifts for your family and friends.

Bella Casa Article Featuring ReMinkie Memory Bears

Bella Casa Recommends ReMinkie Memory Bears!

We’re pleased to announce that ReMinkie Memory Bears and Custom Keepsakes has been recommended by Marla Ottenstein of Bella Casa Magazine. Read an except of the article online — or view the image below.

Downsizing with ReMinkie Memory Bears

In the Bella Casa article, Marla Ottenstein discusses the importance of downsizing and simplifying in our lives. At the same time, downsizing can be a difficult and emotional process for many people.

When it comes to family heirlooms, downsizing and simplifying can be even more daunting. How do we bear to part with a sentimental fur coat, even though no one will ever wear it again? Ms. Ottenstein offers practical solutions — including calling Rita Glosser of ReMinkie!

What to Do with Old Fur Coats and Family Heirlooms

When a person dies, family members are often at a loss over what to do with old fur coats and family heirlooms. Even worse, trying to decide who gets what can cause rifts among family members.

At ReMinkie, we have transformed mother’s old fur coats into a beautiful collection of memory bears. This can be the perfect way for each family member to receive a sentimental and nostalgic piece of their beloved mother’s fur coat. We also create custom pillows and throws from fur coats, fur hats, mink stoles, etc.

When suffering the loss of a loved one, memory bears make a comforting remembrance. Ready to hug and to hold, personalized teddy bears can be an excellent way to repurpose and upcycle the belongings of loved ones.


Bella Casa Article Featuring ReMinkie Memory Bears


ReMinkie Featured in AJC Article

Atlanta Journal Constitution Recommends ReMinkie Memory Bears and Custom Keepsakes!

On January 25, 2015, ReMinkie Memory Bears was recommended by Sabine Morrow in her section “Where Can I Find It?” for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In the column, a reader explains that he’s recently received his 90-year-old mother’s Black Diamond mink coat with sable collar. He would like to turn the fur coat into a beautiful throw, but he doesn’t know the best company for this. In response, Sabine Morrow writes:

“Lance, you’re in luck. I found Rita Glosser who runs ReMinkie Memory Bears and Custom Keepsakes, which transforms fur coats or stoles into stuffed bears, blanket or throws. She started the business 21 years ago, after retiring to Florida. Her first project was turning her mother’s fur stole into a teddy bear. Today, ReMinkie also takes those old neckties and turns them into pillows, quilts, and yes, bears. And for horse fanciers, ReMinkie turns that favorite horse blanket into lovely custom pillows. Her price for a throw is $795, and she uses a velvet cotton backing so the throw won’t slip or slide when you place it on a chair or bed…”

We appreciate the recommendation! We always welcome more opportunities to transform old furs, fabrics and neckties into beautiful keepsakes. Thanks to Sabine Morrow and AJC for the referral.

AJC Column Recommending ReMinkie

ReMinkie Featured in AJC Article


Memory Bear and Girl

Teddy Bear vs Memory Bear: Who Wins?

Who doesn’t love teddy bears? Teddy bears make great baby gifts, gifts for girls, and gifts for boys, too. No matter one’s age or gender, a beautiful teddy bear is sure to win over many hearts. But not all teddy bears are created equal.

At ReMinkie Memory Bears, we design personalized teddy bears with great significance, meaning, and sentimental value. Made from customer’s clothing, furs, fabrics and more, our memory bears are built on real lives and beloved memories. Each teddy bear comes to life with materials from a customer’s own life and/or the life of a loved one.

As a result, a memory bear is not just any old teddy bear. It’s a keepsake; a treasured and timeless gift to last a lifetime. Memory bears beat the teddybear competition because they are truly unique; a gift like no other. While so many teddy bears look alike, difficult to distinguish apart, a memory bear will always stand out as a one-of-a-kind and intimate reminder of a person, event, or milestone in our lives.

Sure, everyone likes a teddy bear, but a memory bear has longer staying power, deeper significance, and an absolutely priceless value.

Memory Bears Instead of Teddy Bears for Kids


Recently we designed a special bear for a beautiful girl named Coco. Pictured above, Coco sits with her very own memory bear by ReMinkie. Her ReMinkie bear was created from an old Burberry shirt. Coco’s mother sent us the lovely photo and wrote the following:

“Rita, here is Coco with her memory bear. She absolutely loves it!”

At ReMinkie, we love what we do — creating high quality keepsakes and very happy customers! We have nothing against teddy bears. We have simply witnessed the love, joy, comfort, and solace that only a memory bear offers. If you would like to learn more about ReMinkie memory bears, call Rita Glosser at 800-373-6465.

ReMinkie Memory Bears in the News!

Upcycled Clothing as Keepsakes by ReMinkie Memory Bears


ReMinkie Memory Bears is in the news (again)! In Organized: Create a keepsake with neckties,” Marla Ottenstien mentions that we have upcycled clothing and neckties in memory of loved ones who have passed away.

After her father passes away, a daughter discovers 275 assorted ties in his closet. She donates most of her father’s old clothes, but finds herself unable to part with his neckties. She explains:

“My father was the most stylish guy you’d ever meet. Never one for sartorial excess, his closets were carefully curated to include only those items which were comfortable, tasteful and well tailored, but most importantly, not pretentious. When it came to ties, he wouldn’t dream of wearing something as mundane as a “repp” tie (a thick striped tie), nor would he ever wear ubiquitous designer ties with little elephants, monkeys or horse bits lined up like perfect soldiers. Instead, he favored brightly colored and bold designs of graphic artist and master colorist Gene Meyer, whose ties were a favorite among “those in the know” before anyone even knew they were cool.”

Upcycled Clothing as Keepsakes

Wondering what to do with old clothes, coats and neckties hanging in the closet? At ReMinkie, we have upcycled clothing as keepsakes, including memory bears, custom pillows, custom scarves, custom blankets and throws.

After a loved one passes away, you may find yourself with an abundance of old clothes. Custom keepsakes and memory bears are a meaningful way to repurpose and upcycle clothes. We create memory bears and custom keepsakes from furs, fabrics, neckties, scarves, hats, coats, jeans, sweaters — any clothing with sentimental value to you or a loved one.

Memory Bears by ReMinkie

Memorial Gifts by ReMinkie Memory Bears

Popular memory gifts include engraved jewelry, stones, crosses, chimes, and more. While these can make lovely memorial gifts, they are simply not as meaningful as gifts crafted from your loved one’s belongings.

At ReMinkie, we create memory bears as memorial gifts. Our memory bears are made from fabrics, furs and/or neckties belonging to the one who has passed away. As a result, our bears are deeply meaningful memorial gifts.

Personalized Memorial Gifts
from a Beloved’s Life

As memorial gifts, our bears are personalized with tangible items from a loved one’s life. Memory bears can be made with a beloved’s shirts, pants, coats, dresses, uniforms, neckties, buttons, badges, scarves, blankets, and so much more. To further personalize the bears, we can add monogramming or messages. If you prefer, we’ll turn any fabric or fur into custom pillows or custom blankets for you.

Comforting Memorial Gifts to Hold and Hug

As memorial gifts, our memory bears are especially personal, meaningful and comforting. Not only do our memory bears inspire beautiful memories of joy and love, they also inspire hugs. In times of loss and grief, what is more soothing that a soft, huggable bear made from your loved one’s belongings!
Our customers appreciate that they can embrace the beautiful bears we make for them, particularly when they feel the need for a comforting hug. And who doesn’t, every now and then?

Eco-Friendly Memorial Gifts from Recycled Materials

Our customers are overjoyed to receive bears designed with a husband’s favorite neckties or a mother’s favorite fur coat. When we create memory bears, we are recycling and repurposing a loved one’s clothing and accessories into a memorial gift with incredible sentiment and beauty.

Next time you’re searching for the best memorial gifts, give us a call. Instead of the usual memorial gifts, consider the sentimental value of memory bears. In memory of loved ones, we’ve created memory bears as family gifts — so everyone has their own bear to hug and to hold.

Memory Bears for the Whole Family

Memory Bears as Family Gifts and Keepsakes

Looking for family gifts? Give family bears to the whole family! At ReMinkie Memory Bears and Custom Keepsakes, we create family bears for children and adults alike.


The Smith family is pictured above with their family bears by ReMinkie. The Smith children are pictured below with their keepsake bears.

Memory Bears as Family Gifts

After receiving their ReMinkie bears, the Smith family reported back to us:

The memory bears were a huge hit!

Family Gifts to Treasure Forever

ReMinkie family bears are both meaningful and eco-friendly. They’re made from old furs or fabrics with sentimental and nostalgic value to YOU. A beautiful keepsake, memory bears are perfect as family gifts to pass from generation to generation — along with family histories and family stories. ReMinkie bears are treasured by adults and children alike.

Memory Bear (in memory of father)

Memory Bear Commemorates Beloved Dad

Pictured to the right is one of our beautiful memory bears in honor of a father who passed away. Designed with his colorful neckties, this memory bear commemorates a most beloved dad.

Christine’s Response to Memory Bear

“The memory bear is just gorgeous, and his expression reminds me a bit of my dad’s. Oddly enough, we have a photo of my dad and his brothers when they were young, and in it he is wearing a tie that looks a lot like the one you and your sewer crafted for the bear.” ~ Christine

Photos of Christine’s Father

Pictured directly below is a photo of Christine’s father with her own daughter – taken before his health started to decline.


More photos of Christine’s very dapper father – commemorated by one of our memory bears. Click on photos to enlarge.

Christine's Father with Granddaughter

Memory Bears for Christmas Gifts

Christmas Bear: Don’t Give Ties for Christmas… Turn Neckties into Memory Bears!

Don’t give neckties or socks for Christmas! Instead, turn neckties, socks, or any fabric/fur into brand new memory bears for your loved ones. Say “ho, ho, ho” this year with beautiful memory bears. Memory bears make especially meaningful and unique Christmas gifts for the whole family.

Personalized Christmas Bear

Looking for cute Christmas gifts, good Christmas gifts for parents, or Christmas gifts for girlfriend? What’s better than snuggling up with a bear? A memory bear is a deeply thoughtful and personal gift for your family, friends and loved ones.

memory bears for grandchildrenWhat makes our memory bears so special? We do not make cookie cutter teddy bears. No two memory bears are alike. Each Christmas bear is one-of-a-kind, designed especially for you and your recipient. Special personalization and customization of your Christmas bear includes monograms, embroidery, bows, ties, scarves, buttons, hats, etc.

Cute Christmas Gifts with Professional Touch

Memory bears are similar to homemade Christmas gifts — because you contribute to the process. Your Christmas bear will be made out of the materials you send to us. For example, if you’re designing a bear for a beloved child, you may send us his/her first baby blanket to transform into a Christmas bear. Or if you’re making a memory bear for your parents, you may send us fabric/furs that have sentimental value to them.

All of our memory bears are especially designed to inspire happy memories. Each becomes a treasured keepsake to be passed from one generation to another. Our memory bears are made of the highest quality for lasting value.

If you prefer, we can also make Christmas bears from our own supply of fabrics and furs. However, if you want a Christmas bear to be ready in time for the holidays, you’ll need to order soon!

Memory Bears - Christmas Bears - Christmas Gifts

These Christmas memory bears were given as Christmas gifts.


Call Rita Glosser at 800-373-6465 to learn more