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 possibilites 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.
A BRAND NEW MONSTER DESIGN FOR YOU TO SEW.
A SEWN WORRY MONSTER WITH MULTIPLE EXPRESSIONS
A simpler worry monster pattern Pair of monsters for work
If you prefer not to use stuffing, then you could perhaps make a Worry Puppet
For a pattern for a felt worry puppet - CLICK HERE
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 put 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
PATTERN TO MAKE A MUM, GRAN OR GIRL - CLICK HERE
PATTERN TO MAKE A DAD, GRANDAD OR BOY - CLICK HERE
For a basic (unstuffed) hand puppet pattern with happy and sad faces CLICK HERE
For another hand puppet pattern with a stuffed head: CLICK HERE
These families are much in demand with therapists so they can use them in role play to help the children. But even if you only make one puppet, we can match them up into families, so please still send it. Ethnic ones with brown/tan faces would also be much appreciated.
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:
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!)
Any "hair" you attach must be extra firmly attached and impossible to be pulled out.
Please don't use fibres such as mohair which could be considered a choking hazard.
All pins have been removed.
Tails on monsters should not be longer than 6"