Memory Bears -- made from old clothing (mom and dad's sweaters). Each of the parent's children received one of these memory bears.

Memory Bears made from Old Sweaters


Pictured above are four memory bears made from old clothing. We designed these bears from old sweaters. The sweaters belonged to the mother and father in the family. Each of the children received one of these memory bears as a keepsake. These beautiful sweater bears were made with the highest quality care and materials to last a lifetime.

Memory Bears by ReMinkie

Memory Bears from Mink Coat, Quilts & Old CLothing

Here are several memory bears we have created from old clothing. We can transform any clothing, furs, fabric, neckties, etc. into a custom keepsake to be treasured for a lifetime.

Memory Bear from Old Quilts

Memory bear made from old quilt. "The bear arrived today. It is stunning! I cried when I opened it. I am speechless! Thank you so much!!" ~ Alice

Memory bear made from old quilt. “The bear arrived today. It is stunning! I cried when I opened it. I am speechless! Thank you so much!!” ~ Alice

Memory Bear from Dress & Coat

Beautiful memory made from a loved one's old silk blouse.

Beautiful memory made from a loved one’s old silk blouse.

Memory Bears from Mink Coat with Personalized Buttons

Memory Bears by ReMinkie

“We love our memory bears made from Mom’s mink coat. The coat buttons on the bears is especially meaningful. Thank you, Rita!”

Memory Bears by Rita Glosser of ReMinkie Memory Bears

Memory Bears & Custom Keepsakes by Rita Glosser

Why choose ReMinkie?

  • Highest quality memory bears on the market today (fully jointed arms and legs, fully lined, durable to last a lifetime)
  • Over 20 years experience and expertise in making memory bears in honor of and memory of loved ones
  • Transform ANY fur or fabric into a memory bear or custom keepsake
  • Intricate Personalization includes adding monograms, embroidery, buttons, scarves, neckties, bows, and more to your personalized teddy bears

Sample of Memory Bears

As you can see, we make personalized teddy bears from furs and a wide variety of fabrics. Here’s a gallery of bears made from clothing: furs, corduroy, tweed, blankets, wedding dress, uniform, neckties, and more. Click on any image below to enlarge.

High Quality Personalized Teddy Bears

Rita makes personalized teddy bears of the highest quality for you and your loved ones. Each memory bear is expertly crafted with moveable joints in the arms and legs. Her bears are stuffed with poly-fiberfill and heavily lined for strength and durability.

Memory Bears that ReMinkie made for Family
ReMinkie Bears made for the Smith Family

Commemorate a loved one or celebrate a milestone (birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement, new baby, new home, etc.) Do you have old furs hanging in your closet or baby blankets stuffed in trunks? Rita can craft personalized teddy bears from all kinds of materials, including mink, neckties, jeans, sports jackets, shirts, blankets, wedding gown, uniforms, robes — whatever you send to her to create a lasting keepsake for you or a loved one.

ReMinkie Bears make a beautiful memorial gifts as well as personalized gifts for your loved ones. Each of our bears is made from nostalgic materials — from the fabrics and furs found in your life. We design entirely unique and cute teddy bears that are full of beautiful memories for you. ReMinkie Bears are a perfect way to preserve your past and cherish your memories of family and friends. Our teddy bears and custom keepsakes have become heirlooms to be passed from one generation to another.

Create Lasting Memories with Custom Keepsakes

Turn your sentimental fur or fabric into a keepsake to be treasured for a lifetime! Today keepsakes are more important than ever. They help us memorialize a loved one, commemorate our family and history, and pass down our stories from one generation to another. At ReMinkie, Rita also designs:

Professional and Personal Service

Rita Glosser is very “hands on” at ReMinkie Memory Bears. As soon as she receives your fur, fabric or neckties, she will call you and work together with you to personalize your keepsake. Our memory bears come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the materials you send to us. They can be monogrammed and personalized in a variety of ways. Special details include bows, bandana, necktie, buttons, pockets, embroidery, and more. Each bear is especially designed for you. ReMinkie is a cottage industry with four specialized sewers working alongside Rita Glosser.

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Memory Bears & Custom Keepsakes – Video

Rita Glosser’s memory bears have received great customer testimonials as well as acclaim on news outlets. Watch our video below to learn more about Rita and her bears.

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 Bears

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.


Memory Bears

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.

ReMinkie Memory Bears
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.

Memory Bear

Memory Bear Poem

At ReMinkie Memory Bears, we create lasting keepsakes for you and your loved ones. Our memory bears are designed to celebrate love that lives on forever, long after life fades away. Our beautiful and huggable memory bears are great comforters in times of loss. We make memory bears of the highest quality — as adorable, lovable, and lasting keepsakes. We hope you enjoy our memory bear poem, written about our bears.

Memory Bear Poem by ReMinkie

With memories sewn into this bear,
your cherished one is always near.

Although your loss is great and dear,
your love lives on, bright and clear.

So when you give this bear a hug,
remember times of joy and love.

Honor the memory of your loved one with a ReMinkie memory bear, personalized especially for you.