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.

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Looking for a Keepsake to Last a Lifetime?

Looking for a keepsake? At ReMinkie, we create keepsakes and souvenirs to last a lifetime. Our keepsakes include memory bears, keepsake quilting, custom pillows, custom scarves, custom blankets and throws.

What is a Keepsake?

Fur Pillow Custom-Made from Old Fur CoatA keepsake is a tangible item that is preserved or created in memory of a loved one. In old times, women gave men a lock of hair to keep as a remembrance. Today, we might hold onto a loved one’s old clothing or belongings after they are gone, but who wants to look into a closet for remembrance? Memory bears are a perfect way to create a huggable and beautiful keepsake out of any old fabrics, furs, clothes, coats, shirts, pants, scarves, ties, coats, etc. of those we love.

How does a Keepsake differ from a Souvenir?

The word “souvenir” is French, meaning “for a remembrance or memory.” However, while a keepsake generally refers to memories of people, a souvenir usually refers to memories of places or events. Travelers often pick up a souvenir or commemorative merchandise from countries, cities, hotels, and other places they visit. Those who participate in a special event may take home a souvenir to remind them of the unique experience. Many people collect memorabilia from historical events, sporting events, political conventions, musical concerts, etc. The value of a keepsake and a souvenir is usually more symbolic than monetary. A simple photograph of a location or occasion can become a treasured souvenir.

For example, when visiting a beach, people often bring back seashells as a souvenir of their trip.


Souvenir: Seashells

What are Memory Bears?

Beautiful memory bear made from old clothes as a keepsake for a loved one.

Beautiful memory bear made from old clothes as a keepsake for a loved one.

Memory bears are a very popular type of keepsake. Each memory bear is created from fabric and materials that are meaningful to you. This could be your mother’s fur coats, your father’s neckties, your baby’s blanket, your husband’s uniform, your wife’s blouse, your wedding dress, and much, much more. At ReMinkie, we design memory bears of the highest quality to last a lifetime. All of our teddybears have jointed arms and legs, and special lining. We even personalize bears with monograms, special buttons, and more. For over 20 years, Rita Glosser has been preserving memories with memory bear.

Call Rita (800-373-6465) to learn more about memory bears.

What is Keepsake Quilting?

Keepsake quilting is another popular type of keepsake. The squares of the quilt are made from material and fabrics with nostalgic value to you. Read more about Keepsake Quilting.


Keepsake quilting with old clothing / neckties

The piece of a keepsake quilt (pictured above) demonstrates how we include neckties in our keepsake quilting.


Keepsake quilting with clothing

Keepsake Quilting

Keepsake quilting is a wonderful way to preserve memories of loved ones and milestones. We design keepsake quilts as wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, graduation gifts, birthday gifts, and more. Imagine giving or receiving a quilt that literally unites fabric from a person’s life. Keepsake quilting can feature family trees and history, sports teams, collegiate pride, and so much more.

Keepsake Quilting of the Highest Quality

Keepsake Quilt

We recycled a customer’s old neckties into a treasured keepsake quilt, an heirloom with wonderful memories.

Not everyone has the time or space to start keepsake quilting. This is why we create custom keepsake quilts for you. Whether you want a keepsake quilt to commemorate a person, family, group, or event, we have the experience and expertise to create a keepsake to last a lifetime. Our high quality keepsake quilts feature cut velvet as backing. Chief designer, Rita Glosser, has been creating keepsakes for over 20 years. Just like our memory bears, our quilts are 100% made in the USA. Quilt sizes include throw/lap quilts, twin quilts, full/double quilts, queen quilts, king quilts, California king, but sizing may also depend on the amount of material you send to us.

Keepsake Quilting for Memorials

Keepsake quilting is a beautiful way to preserve memories of those who have passed away. We create keepsake quilts out of a wide variety of materials that customers send to us. Keepsake quilting can include college tees, sports emblems, shirts, pants, coats, furs, wedding dresses, neckties, scarves, uniforms, badges — any belonging or reminder of your loved one that can be sewn into a quilt. The greatest value in keepsake quilting is the sentimental value. Read about the importance of a keepsake for you and your family.

Keepsake Quilting with Baby Clothes

Keepsake quilting with baby clothes definitely has a high cuteness factor. Using baby clothes for keepsake quilting is a perfect way to preserve baby memories as well as extend the life of baby clothes that children outgrow so quickly. Sort through all the adorable baby clothes your child has collected and received as gifts. Once you select the ones that mean the most to you, send them to us… and we’ll design a keepsake quilt for you. We can incorporate monograms and special items into your keepsake quilt.

Memory Bears: Memory Bear made from Keepsake QuiltBaby Quilt Size

What is the best baby quilt size? Generally, a baby quilt should be big enough for a baby’s crib, baby’s car seat, and on the floor for play. Popular baby quilt sizes are:

  • 42 inches square
  • 45 inches by 48 inches

Call Rita Today (800-373-6465) to discuss your keepsake!

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Importance of a Keepsake

Why is a keepsake of a loved one so important? According to a recent survey by Allianz Life Insurance, the majority of today’s baby boomers and seniors prize keepsakes (far more than money) at the death of a loved one.

Pictured to the right is a memory bear made from the jeans and plaid shirts a husband wore everyday. “We love the bear reminding us of him” his wife wrote to us.

A Keepsake is a Bridge

First of all, what is a keepsake? A keepsake is anything that offers a personal or emotional connection to a loved one. A keepsake — such as memory bears created from a loved one’s belongings — can help us feel connected to each other and our past. Not only is a keepsake a bridge between people, it’s also a bridge between our past and our future. A meaningful and unique gift, a keepsake travels across generations of family. Each time a keepsake is passed from one person to another, a bond is created or sustained. Creating a memory bear as a keepsake is a wonderful way to pass your love throughout your family.

A Keepsake is a Comforting Compass

The familiarity of a keepsake offers a sense of ongoing comfort during times of grief. Memory bears and similar keepsakes can become a compass, helping us hold onto our bearings. In times of change, it’s comforting to have a keepsake that remains by our side; a reminder of the love in our hearts. Since memory bears are designed with familiar items of a loved one (shirts, ties, scarves, fur coats, etc.), they make perfect keepsakes. Each memory bear tells a story of a person, a life, and evokes powerful feelings.

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Pictured above are two memory bears given to grandchildren.

A Keepsake is a Tangible Treasure of Memories

Memories of loved ones can fill us with inspiration and direction. When we hold or hug a memory bear, it can reconnect us to memories we hold dear; reminding us of who we are, who we have been, and how far we have come. Memorial keepsakes offer a tangible memento when we can no longer touch our loved one. Memory bears are infused with meaning through the materials they are made from — the clothing of loved ones — creating a lasting keepsake. This special keepsake is a beautiful reminder of the person who is no longer with you.

It’s been said that memories are essential parts of our biographies, filling in our histories. Even more important is what we decide to give meaning to. A keepsake, such as a memory bear, helps us focus on the positive of love (instead of the negative of loss). As we write our life’s story, creating keepsakes helps us nurture peace and happiness.

Give a gift of a memory bear to loved ones in your life… as reminder of joy.

Boy with one of our memory bears

Memory Bears for and in Memory of Children

Boy with one of our memory bearsPictured to the right is a beautiful birthday boy with one of our memory bears. His mother ordered this memory bear and gave it to her son as a birthday gift. We handcrafted his memory bear from his very own baby clothes.

Children grow up so fast. Before you know it, your baby is a teenager! Our memory bears are a wonderful way to celebrate the milestones in a child’s life. We make memory bears as birthday gifts, graduation gifts, wedding gifts, new baby gifts, and more.

Memory Bears: To Hug and To Hold

Memory Bears by ReMinkiePictured to the left is one of our memory bears made in memory of a child named Drew. Due to a drunk driver, he died far too young. Below are words from his mother.

“This is a bear that was made for me… it is made from a shirt, shorts & socks that were Drews. Thank you, Rita. This is my comfort bear!” ~ Debbie

We cannot lessen the grief when a parent outlives a child, but we hope to provide comfort with a keepsake. Our memory bears are here for you to hug as you hold onto your memories of your beloved daughter or son.