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Abilene company creating teddy bears from the clothes of lost loved ones

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ABILENE, TX (KTAB/KRBC) — During this pandemic, we may have experienced a loss, be it a grandparent or a close friend. But what if you could give those who are grieving an object that they can physically cling to, honoring the life of a loved one? That’s what an Abilene boutique has to offer.

With every needle, thread and foot pushed on a sewing machine, owners of Brass and Classy Boutique spend their day sewing and making alterations.

“I like it, I really like it. This is the first job I’ve had where I like to come to work,” says co-owner Raymond Monroe.

They make clothing, jewelry, accessories, and even sentimental teddy bears.

These teddy bears are made from the clothes of deceased loved ones.

“A lady came, and she had shirts from her husband and she wanted to know if I could do the teddy bear. And so, I found a pattern and I made her teddy bears,” says Louise McGlotten.

McGlotten says she’s been sewing since she was little.

“A lady had several made and she sat on the floor, and she just hugged the teddy bear,” McGlotten says.

Thanks to her technique, she can create these bears in less than 30 minutes.

“Take the shirt apart, you know how to make the fabric and then you make a teddy bear out of it. And I love doing that,” she says.

Her skills are widely displayed in the store, and she even tries to pass them on, teaching her co-owner, Monroe.

“I’ve always wanted to learn to sew,” Monroe says.

With the help of his partner, he does just that, customizing clothes with McGlotten.

Since the pandemic, more and more people are asking for specially designed bears to create a special bond with those they have lost.