SEW PUPPETS or MONSTERS
Would you like to sew some hand puppets or Worry Monsters for charity? You'd be helping children who have suffered abuse, bereavement, neglect or other serious issues. It's such an important cause, and sewn puppets and monsters are in great demand, just as needed as knitted ones. For details of why they are important as a therapeutic tool CLICK HERE
Maybe you've got some odd pieces of material stashed away doing nothing in a drawer! Perhaps you could run up a few monsters or puppets on the sewing machine. Please enhance these patterns with your own creative features. There are so many possibilities for adding feet, arms, tails, ears, noses etc. to monsters, and accessories to puppets. Please note the safety guidance below, particularly with regard to the use of the correct stuffing, and to attaching everything extra firmly, thank you.
All patterns are donated and are under copyright. They should only be used for charitable purposes and are not permitted to be used for commercial gain.
THIS DESIGN FOR YOU TO SEW IS ONE OF OUR MOST NEEDED MONSTERS!
A SEWN WORRY MONSTER WITH MULTIPLE EXPRESSIONS
Nowadays quite young children often have worries about their body image, and many are suffering bullying as a result, so therapists have asked us for 2 monsters in different body shapes - one bigger, one smaller. They should be identical except for their width, (please make them the same height).
Why not try this new design for a sewn worry monster from Helen - she's made us a wonderful pattern and there is also a link to her blog, where you can find lots more information on monsters!
For this new sewn worry monster pattern CLICK HERE
Qualified Play Therapists use a technique called "mirroring", which involves the use of two identical monsters or puppets. We need two worry eaters which are exactly identical for this. Simply make 2 of the same! It will help if you could please thread a piece of yarn or embroidery thread to join them
(see picture, they're joined near the bottom).
SEWN PUPPET PATTERNS
You can adapt these patterns to make a family of puppets of Mum, Dad, Gran, Grandad, boy, girl. Do this by adding more or different hair, and any accessories you like eg. handbag, shawl, - even embroidery or sewn on pieces, to make it look like trousers and jumper, maybe even braces! There are so many possibilities, we'll love to see what you come up with!
Therapists have asked if you could please embroider a smiling face on one side of the puppet and a face with a downturned sad mouth on the other side as it helps children to understand how things affect all members of the family. Please ensure that the mouth is well down the face, well away from the eyes so that a nose can be imagined. A nose isn't necessary, but you wish you could use a french knot.
PATTERN TO MAKE A MUM, GRAN OR GIRL - CLICK HERE
PATTERN TO MAKE A DAD, GRANDAD OR BOY - CLICK HERE
TO MAKE AN ETHNIC FAMILY SET - CLICK HERE
As an alternative you could sew them using felt for the hair as in the pictures below, and they also work very well without the stuffing in the heads
We also need sewn "professionals" hand puppets. We send out sets consisting of doctor, nurse, police, judge, social worker, teacher and "professional in a suit". We have patterns coming soon for some of these, until then please do improvise! These ones only need to have a happy smile, so you can do the hair down the back of the puppet.
And here's the "Professional in a suit"
If you have any ideas for making your own pattern up for sewn animal puppets or other characters please get in touch, as we would love to feature your patterns. All you have to do is write out the instructions and take a photo of the pattern pieces and the finished puppet or monster. We'll do the rest of the formatting, re-sizing or editing needed for the website. You will be credited on the pattern. You can use your own ideas and creativity.
We issue all items with a safety warning to say that these are for use by adult therapists and not intended as toys. Therapists are asked to supervise their use, not to give the items to any child to keep, and no child under the age of 36 months should be left unattended with them; however we do want to make them as safe as possible, so please check that:
all attachments are extra firmly sewn on. This particularly applies to buttons.
if using stuffing for any item it should have had a BS or CE label on the packaging and be suitable for toys (even though our items are not classed as toys!) and it should be fully enclosed so that it could not be pulled out by little fingers!
any "hair" you attach must be extra firmly attached and impossible to be pulled out. Please test your item's hair by pulling really hard on each strand.
please don't use fibres such as mohair which could be considered a choking hazard or any material which is able to be pulled out in tufts.
all pins have been removed.
tails on monsters should not be longer than 23cm