WORRY PUPPET AND WORRY MONSTER PATTERNS    Worry puppets and monsters are used by therapists to help children come to terms with concerns and worries that are often very serious.  Sometimes just writing down a worry can be helpful in itself. For more details on why worry items work, please CLICK HERE


Firstly, before making your item, please read the following safety guidelines for the worry puppets and monsters - safety is of the utmost importance, and we must adhere to certain rules in order to satisfy product safety regulations as advised by Trading Standards (we don't trade items but the same rules apply.)


  • Please could knitters and sewers embroider the eyes and features with wool or embroidery yarn,  or you could use pieces of felt securely sewn on, or use buttons. However, buttons should be extra firmly attached - please use strong thread and sew over and over many times to be sure.  All items are tested for strength before being sent out. Safety eyes for stuffed monsters or puppets are fine (please don’t use them in any unstuffed item).

  • Worry monsters and worry puppets don't need to have a closure of the mouth, as the pocket will be deep enough to hold worry papers and the mouth looks more natural without button closures. If you wish you could sew a zip in firmly, which does make for a fun mouth. 

  • Please ensure that any “hair” that you’ve attached cannot be pulled out – some of our puppets were originally identified as unsuitable to give out, as the Trading Standards inspector easily pulled strands out. Very “hairy” yarns, such as mohair, are also unsuitable on our items, as the strands can become detached.

  • The body of stuffed worry monsters needs to be a minimum of 12" long (not counting legs), and no more than 17" long, in order to fit our despatch boxes.  Only stuffing which says that it is specifically suitable for toys, and has a BS or CE label on the packaging is allowed by product safety regulations.  Trading Standards emphasizes that duvet or cushion stuffing is not suitable. All stuffing must be fully enclosed and seams very firmly sewn together so it can’t get out. Please be careful of the looseness of stitching. 

  • No glue should be used, and please do check carefully that you’ve removed all pins – (we’ll also check that again this end so we’re certain.)

  • No ribbons or cords longer than 6 inches      




For some suggestions for ATTACHING HAIR SAFELY -      CLICK HERE

For some ideas and pictures of monsters' eyes and hair - CLICK HERE


   Basic Worry Monster      CLICK HERE





















Pattern kindly donated by Colette


These monsters are designed to help youngsters who have problems and worries surrounding their body image.  This can be a very serious issue even for quite young children.  Research suggests that children as young as 3 years old can have body image worries. This problem can be complex and range from mild to very severe body hatred, and can be linked to lack of self-esteem, depression and eating disorders.


Please knit 2 monsters, to be used in therapy as a pair  CLICK HERE FOR THE PATTERN


The NSPCC runs a “Pants Programme” teaching young children to understand about privacy and thereby helping to prevent child abuse.  Please see the link: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/  

Colette has invented a pattern for adding a pair of pants to any monster, as an added therapeutic aid.

If you'd like to knit some pants for your monster CLICK HERE FOR THE PATTERN

Here's a picture of Val's basic monster with additions (see pattern at the top of the page), wearing pants!


Crochet monster CLICK HERE     Another crochet monster CLICK HERE















For a pattern for crocheted hair - CLICK HERE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Worry Puppet 1                        CLICK HERE                        Worry Puppet 2                        CLICK HERE



Please feel free to make a "worry puppet" by simply adding a pocket or pouch to the front of a normal hand puppet animal. A good way of doing this is to use a piece of felt, as it doesn't fray, or you could knit a pouch.  Please ensure that it's big enough to fit in the piece of paper with the worry written on it, and also that it's very securely sewn on (no glue thanks).