Category: Memorial Sewing Services

Memory Bears handmade in Ohio

Memory Bears: How to sell memory bears for money

Memory Bears: How to sell memory bears for money

Yes, you can make money with your sewing skills and work from home while doing it. This blog post is dedicated to making money selling your sewing services in the field of home decor, keepsake, memory, and heirloom sewing.

Memory Bears are stuffed teddy bears typically made from your favorite clothing or that of a loved one that has passed away. Memory Bears are not toys; they are heirloom (or keepsake) memory items that are meant to bring comfort to those friends and family members who are missing their loved ones.

Memory Bears are a viable sewing business option for intermediate or skilled sewists and require time, patience, and some technical skills to maneuver the pattern pieces. Also, there are many different styles of memory bears so you’ll want to decide on which pattern your sewing business will specialize in offering to your customers.

If you’re still here and reading this sewing business blog post, I want to thank you! Please take a moment and share it on Pinterest or Facebook!

Okay, there are a few items you’ll need to make your memory bear sewing business a success. This list may not include everything, as it depends greatly on the memory bear sewing pattern you will be using in your particular business. For the purpose of this blog post, I will share the items I use in my business according to my preferences and the pattern that I am most accustomed to using.

Memory Bears: Sewing Tools for Success

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread (all-purpose)
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Scissors
    • paper cutting scissors
    • fabric cutting scissors
    • snips (tiny scissors for threads)
    • pinking shears
  • Pattern
  • Poly-fil
  • Safety eyes
  • Safety nose
  • Embroidery Floss (for the customers that prefer stitched eyes and nose)
  • Sewing needles
  • Stabilizer (not all clothing will need to be stabilized)

What other items can you think of for sewing memory bears?

Did you know?

 

I offer sewing business coaching, a free private group, and a podcast!

Pinterest <– click here

Facebook <– click here

Let’s connect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Bear Business: Business Tools and Supplies

“If at any time you feel overwhelmed and would like to speak with me, please schedule a no-cost 15-minute phone consultation via this business coaching page

Business Tools & Equipment

 

Basics for Success 

Starting or growing your memory bear business does take some basic tools and equipment. We’ve covered your business name, licenses, website, domain name, and a few other technical items. I’m going to talk to new and current memory bear business owners, so if you already have these items then you’re ahead of the game! 

  • Sewing Machine – nothing fancy. In fact, I use the Brother from Walmart 
  • Extra thread – be sure to buy all-purpose thread in all colors 
  • Bobbins – have pre-loaded bobbins and the right size 
  • Fabric scissors – keep a dedicated pair of fabric scissors at hand always 
  • Poly-fil- I buy the 10# box of poly-fil, it makes the best memory bears 
  • Embroidery Floss- I offer hand-stitched eyes and a nose, others might offer child safety eyes and nose services either way 
  • Needles- I keep all sizes on hand and several of each 
  • Inkjet printer – I use this to print paper contracts, invoices, and iron-on fabric 
  • Bear pattern – I actually use two different patterns and a secret technique to create my bears
  • Camera – I recommend that you take ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of every memory bear order 
  • Iron and Ironing board – take a minute to iron your teddy bear fabric 
  • Starch – just in case water /steam does not work for tough wrinkles 
  • Stabilizer – there are several fabric stabilizers on the market 
  • Sewing table – I use a 6’ folding table and it works great 
  • Pet free, Childfree, Smoke-free, Food Free working environment 

Closing / About 

All good things must come to an end 

I sure hope you gleaned a few golden nuggets from my blog! I’m not sure we have been properly introduced, so here it goes! 

My name is Stephanie Grams, I am married and a mom to six children; two of which have passed away. I was taught how to hand sew by my mom and grandma at the age of 7, simply because I was inquisitive (a.k.a. underfoot). They would spend weekends together making clothes for my sisters and me, and special occasion clothing for themselves. I have a very vivid memory of hiding under the sewing table (a.k.a. the dining room table) just to listen to them talk. I was fascinated by the sound of the sewing machine, the conversation about patterns and thread. 

I have owned and operated a very successful hand-made primitive company in which I hand made the patterns for the primitive dolls, including their hand-painted or sculpted faces, body, and clothing. 

Today you can find me on Youtube offering memory bear business tips and hand embroidery instruction!

If you have questions, feel overwhelmed, or are looking to make more money in your memory bear business then I invite you to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation at this page

Memory Bear Business: Marketing, Sales and Customers

“If at any time you feel overwhelmed and would like to speak with me, please schedule a no-cost 15-minute phone consultation via this business coaching page

Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service 

How to Get and Keep Happy Customers 

Let’s recap! You have your business name picked out, searched to make sure it was not Trademarked and you just purchased the domain name! You have your legal paperwork completed, you’re registered with the government and now, you need customers! 

Your First Customer 

If you are brand spanking new to owning a memory bear business and have never had a customer, now is the time to offer your service at a reduced cost. When I first opened my memory bear business and had no customers, I decided to offer my services at a reduced fee. In the first week of opening my doors, I had 8 orders. 

Marketing Your Small Business 

As a new business owner, you need to start drawing attention to your services even before your website is created. In fact, using Facebook or Instagram while your website is being built is a great way to get the word out about your memory bear services. One thing to keep in mind is your target customer. 

Do not think every customer is your target customer because this is simply not a fact. At first, you may find yourself taking every order inquiry that comes your way simply because you do not know what your boundaries are or how to say ‘no’

Let’s dig deep into finding your ideal customer by asking the following questions: 

  1. Who wants your memory bears?
  2. Who would love to brag about your services?
  3. What is their income, age, and gender?

Your Brand Identity 

While researching your ideal customer, you’ll need to build a strong brand identity…this is the step that WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT from the rest of the memory bear business providers. Your brand identity is about your values, communication concepts, emotions you want to your customers to feel, and your mission.

Generate and Nurture Leads 

Now that you’ve begun building an online and local presence and creating awareness of your business, you need to generate leads that will bring you, customers. 

To generate leads online you could post pictures of your happy customers with their memory bears, or you could post pictures with stories of other items you have made that will show off your sewing skills. It’s a great idea to either make a few memory bears as gifts and give those away to people that will BRAG online about your services or make memory bears out of your own clothing so you can show your skills. Remember, potential customers, want to see your memory bear sewing skills before they are going to trust you with their treasured clothing. 

To generate leads in your local community you can attend local craft shows and business networking groups which will help establish you as the ‘go-to’ memory bear provider. By creating a local buzz about your sewing services, you will be given opportunities to grow your customer base, especially if they love your services! Bragging about how great your memory bear services are, will happen naturally and growth will occur. 

Follow along for part 6 ~

Orders and Shipping Your Memory Bears

Call Now Button