In the beginning…

People often ask me how The Original Keepsake Teddy Bears began. I have two beautiful daughters who, at the ages of 10 and 14, wanted to begin collecting old teddy bears. I agreed, but soon learned that many of those old bears were quite expensive and simply would not fit our budget.


Wanting to please my two daughters, I decided to make them a bear from something old. I used an old wool coat from our family to create a bear, and I dressed it in the little clothes that my girls had worn home from the hospital when they were born.

The girls loved the bears very much and showed them off to family and friends that came to visit. One friend asked me to make a bear from her late father’s overcoat and another from a fur coat given by her parents many years ago. That very week was the beginning of The Original Keepsake Teddy Bears.

That day in 1984 started an unexpected adventure in my life. I thank my Lord and Savior for my work and all the wonderful people I have met over the years. Having made will over 19,000 bears now, I still find it satisfying to finish each order and pray it will bring joy to the recipient. If so, then I consider it well worthwhile.

I must sign off for now. More bears await in the den.

— Connie Lineberry
The Bear Lady

Once I warmed the body. Now I warm the heart.

This is how it works:


Connie Lineberry’s Original Keepsake Teddy Bears are fashioned out of your choice of material. Using your late grandmother’s favorite dress, your father’s military uniform, or your child’s baby clothes, each bear is designed to wear the very clothes it is made from. The bears are hand-made in Connie’s home, and sent to you with a hand-written note with the bear’s “date of birth” and what it was made of. Each bear is unique, and the source of fond memories.


Genuine Fur, Leather, or other special fabrics are double in price for each size.

Memories Are Made of This

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I would love to hear from you.

Since I am not often on a computer, I can most easily be reached by phone at (919) 742-5446.