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Weighty worm--for sensory input

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Weighty worm--for sensory input
Weighty worm--for sensory input weighted lap buddy
Weighty worm--for sensory input full color photos in instructions
Weighty worm--for sensory input kids love worms
Weighty worm--for sensory input pile of weighty worms
Weighty worm--for sensory input incorporate textures

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • use a sewing machine
  • sew on a button

Pattern Description:

These little "worms" are a great tool for children who seek out touch and movement sensations. When carried around or transported in a backpack, the worm provides additional proprioceptive input to the child to help them navigate their environment. When it's sitting on the child's lap, weighty worm provides deep pressure input, which has a calming and organizing effect on the body. The various textures provide fun fidget opportunities for any child whose hands like to explore their (or their neighbor's) belongings when sitting quietly in the classroom/church/car.

These are quick (about an hour) and fun to make. The pattern can be adapted to use materials you may have on hand and can easily be personalized for any child.

I designed this pattern in consultation with a pediatric occupational therapist who recommends weighted "lap buddies" for children with sensory (particularly proprioceptive) challenges.

**Soon, very soon, the Weighty Worm pattern will be included in a book I'm writing chock full of projects and ideas to meet the needs of children with sensory challenges. But, for a limited time until the book is released, I'll be offering individual patterns as pdf downloads at an affordable price. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for other patterns designed specifically for "sensory" kids.

I would be delighted to receive any feedback you have to continue to perfect the pattern for the book.

This three-page full color, detailed pattern does not include pattern pieces to trace but describes how to cut out the pieces and assemble your own weighty worm.

Thanks for looking!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 3x20 inches (it depends on the size of your sock)


  • long adult (mens') sock
  • 2-3 pounds poly pellets (or other weight such as rice or beans)
  • scraps of knit fabric at least 10x30 inches
  • embellishment materials such as: buttons; wool felt or fleece scraps (for eyes, tongue and spine); ribbons; fleece scraps and other textured fabrics
  • sturdy rubber band

You Will Also Need:

  • sewing machine (ideally with ball point needle for sewing knits)
  • thread
  • scissors
  • ruler or tape measure
  • hand sewing needle
  • chalk pencil or other marking device
  • pins

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