About us

Honeydew Bears

Make a Friend for Life

Honeydew Bears was purchased by Michelle at the end of 2005 and has been in existence since 1997. Many of the wonderful bears have come to join us, such as the Pod bear range. However many exciting designs have been added over the years, as Michelle’s style has developed somewhat differently to the “old” bears.

Our team consists of

Michelle Neethling - Owner / designer
Michelle having been in the Corporate environment for some 20 years, opted to turn her passion for bears, which was her beloved hobby, into her full time career.
Michelle has been in the bear making industry since 1998 and was featured in the Award winning teddies book by Micheal Rae and Janet Viverios. Michelle specialised in miniature bears before owning the business, but having the shop now, does all the designing of the bears and characters in all sizes.

Melanie Jones (Michelle's Mom) has also been in the bear making industry for a number of years and assists with classes and fairs, as well as the overall running of the studio on a daily basis.

We work in the best environment !!

We have a lovely wooden studio in a tranquil garden. Bella (our Spaniel) is also very much part of the day to day activities at the studio, and well loved by customers too.

It really is a must for teddy lovers to come and visit.

The business has expanded rapidly with lots of new additions. We add new designs every month, attend a couple of fairs and are the organisers of the big Annual bear fair. Our SALE DAYS are legendary! Which we hold twice a year. We also exhibit at Hobby X at the Dome in March each year.

Of course, then mention must be made of our fantastic assortment of German Mohair! The biggest variety in Africa to be precise. We are the only Agent for Helmbold German mohair in South Africa and receive regular shipments. We also import a number of fabrics from the USA.


What our customers are saying?

Sandy Steyn

I love Honeydew Bears the staff are friendly and helpful - their knowledge of bear making is astounding - I have learnt so much at the classes and have met the most amazing ladies who have the same nutty obsession with bears as I do - if you are looking to start a new hobby you have to try bear making there is nothing more satisfying then creating a Teddy Bear to love.

Yolanda Janse van Vuuren

Give Honeydew bears 5 stars.

Jenny Oberholzer

Just love honeydew bears!! Very friendly, always get good advice, have everything I need to make my bears!! Comes highly recommended!!

blessings blessings

Give Honeydew bears 5 stars.

Lyle N Celeste Brophy

Very cute little shop with reasonable prices and good service.

Craig Watt

Give Honeydew bears 5 stars.