Worry Pets - Sensory Buddies for Anxiety

Categories: Kid Friendly, Doll

Lots of kids struggle with worries or anxiety, especially around the start of the new school year.  These Worry Pets are small enough to fit in a pocket.  The cuddle fabric is snuggly soft.  The poly-pellets inside provide comforting sensory input and something to rub between worried fingers, and the eyes make them oh, so cute.  These are not just for worriers, though!  The whole family will want one.

What you need to make this project

Materials
Scraps of Cuddle Fabrics (approx. 5 x 10 inches)
Poly-Fil® Poly Pellets® Weighted Stuffing Beads 2 pound Bag
1 Set 15mm Plastic Animal Safety Eyes for Each Pet
Thread
Supplies
Sewing machine and related supplies
Sharp Scissors
pins
needle
fabric marker

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Price: $10.99

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Instructions

Step One

Fold your cuddle scrap in half (or you could start with approximately 2 – 5″ squares).  (I’ve used Jaguar Cuddle in Tan/Brown, Cuddle 3 in KiwiLuxe Cuddle Ziggy in SnowCuddle Fleece in Fuchsia, and Golden Wolf Faux Fur.)

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On the back of your fabric, mark your circle using a large drinking glass or something similar.  Mark your eyes.

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Step Two

Snip a tiny hole at each of your eyes.  Insert your safety eye and attach the backing.  (Safety eyes can be found at most craft and hobby stores.)

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Step Three

Fold back in half, pin around your circle.

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Stitch around your circle leaving and opening big enough to turn right side out.

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Trim, leaving a bit extra where the opening is.  Snip the curves.

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Step Four

Turn right side out.

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Add poly-pellets.

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Step Five

Use a needle and thread to hand-stitch closed.

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And your Worry Pet is all ready to calm some anxious little hands.

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I can’t decide if we should name this one Hagrid or Chewbacca.

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