Each bear takes roughly one shirt. “One large shirt will make one bear but we can use smaller shirts too. The bear will just be a little smaller,” she said. The pattern often has to be slighted adjusted for each bear Davers makes.
Once the clothing articles for the shirts are taken to her, Davers said it doesn’t take long to cut out, stitch, and stuff the bears. “If I don’t have any interruptions, I can get one finished typically in about four hours but since I work another job and go to school, I usually don’t have much uninterrupted time.”
After Davers has cut out, sewn and stuffed the bears, she adds button eyes and a ribbon bow around its neck. “I always try to match the ribbon to the bear. I try to find something that suits the person the bear was made to remember and that coordinates with the fabric.”
Each bear costs $20 and if multiple bears are ordered the price is reduced. “You can get four bears for $60,” said Davers. For more information on memory bears or to place an order for one, contact Davers at 812-486-5147 or find her group, Memory Teddy Bears” on Facebook.