About Cwtch & Cherish


My love of sewing started as a child when I helped my mother sewing bears and patchwork quilts some 40 years ago!  Ranging from patchwork, cross-stitch keepsakes and dolls clothes, my love of sewing and crafts has continued to the current day.  Many years later, and now a Mum myself,  life has taught me the importance of appreciating and treasuring cherished items which belong to our loved ones … young or old, past or present.  I feel honoured therefore that I am able to share this lifelong love of sewing through making keepsake memory bears for customers who have entrusted me with their precious and treasured clothing.  It is truly humbling hearing the stories behind some of the clothing I work with, and the reasons why the keepsakes are being created.


Keepsake Memory Bears are typically made out of loved ones clothing or favourite fabrics and in this way no two memory bears are every the same making it a unique and bespoke creation.  A perfect gift to commemorate a special event, mark a milestone in a person’s life or a touching way to remember a loved one who may sadly have passed away.

My memory bear keepsakes measure approximately 18″ in length when standing and their limbs are jointed with buttons.  Each memory bear is stuffed with fire retardant CE safety approved stuffing (for flammability and cleanliness) and safety eyes are also used in all memory bears produced.  Please refer to the FAQs on this website for guidance on the type and amount of clothing required to make my memory bears.

My memory bears are made thanks to a pattern from the FunkyFriends Factory which I often adapt slightly based on the clothing I am working with.


Each memory bear may be personalised with machine embroidery on the foot pads.  Some examples of personalisation would be names, dates of birth, special messages, etc.   Please ask when placing your order if you want something specific.


Please refer to the Price List tab on this website for my up-to-date prices.  Invoices for payment will be emailed to customers upon receipt of their order and just prior to work commencing.


My keepsake memory bears are NOT designed or intended for use as a toy as they are decorative keepsakes only.  In view of the individual and bespoke composition of each bear they cannot be CE approved and accordingly do not comply with any toy safety guidelines and are not deemed safe for use as a toy by Law.  They are not designed or intended for use in play by children under 14 years of age.  I make each keepsake memory bear with utmost care and attention with a home sewing machine and finish all detailing such as appliqué and buttons by hand.  A mixture of fabrics (supplied by my customers) are used including clothes, bedding and blankets.  Each keepsake is stuffed with CE safety approved stuffing (for flammability and cleanliness) and safety eyes are used. Cwtch & Cherish does not accept any liability for the misuse of these decorative keepsakes.


All orders operate on a first come first served basis.  Customers who are interested in purchasing their own memory bear are invited to secure their own individual commission / order slot by emailing hello@cwtchandcherish.co.uk.  The lead time for a new commission slot may be up to 6 months but please do email for timescales as cancellation slots may become available.

JANUARY 2019 : Due to popular demand, my WAITING LIST is approximately 4 months long.


Thank you for your interest in Cwtch & Cherish Keepsakes.