My Mother-in-law's husband passed away last January, so it was to be expected that January would be a tough month for her this year. In an attempt to lessen the inevitable sadness that was sure to come, I made her a memory bear from some of his old clothing.
This was my first attempt at any sort of stuffed creature or doll, so it certainly wasn't perfect, but I am pretty happy with the way he turned out. I used Simplicity pattern 5461 and 2 dress shirts in coordinating colors. The bow is a little wonky, and I went a little overboard with the stuffing, but I still think he is cute. As it turns out, dear MIL loved him to tears.