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DIY Sensory Mat Tutorial

Updated October 07, 2022
Diy Sensory Mat Tutorial
Diy Sensory Mat Tutorial

"In this project, I’m sharing how you can make your own DIY Sensory Mat for adults. Sensory mats are also sometimes called fidget mats, fiddle mats, or twiddle mats. Approximately the size of a place mat, sensory mats can fit on a table, lap, or wheelchair tray. Sensory mats can help people to stay calm, relax, or de-stress by providing a variety of textures and sensory experiences in a small space. I first heard about sensory mats a few years ago in the context of mats to help babies learn and to soothe and stimulate children with autism, but recently I learned that sensory mats are also used in facilities and programs for adults with dementia. I’m sharing an easy sewing pattern for a DIY sensory mat. It doesn’t require any special skills and it is beginner friendly but, you’ll need a little patience because some sections are a bit fiddly. "

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine


Materials List

  • Fabric in a variety of textures and fiber content. For my version, I used: Cotton Flannel in Fuchsia – 1/2 yard, Plaid Cotton Flannel in Simon – 1/4 yard, Polar Fleece in Burgundy – 1/4 yard, A sample of Fox Faux Fur.
  • The back pocket and some scraps from a pair of upcycled jeans.
  • Small kitchen items to include in the pocket. I used a mini rolling pin and a plastic fork; plastic measuring spoons are another option.
  • Warm Company Insul-Bright.
  • Several small pieces of fabric tape or substitute a small amount of single or double fold bias tape.
  • 100% cotton thread in your choice of color for stitching and bobbin.
  • VELCRO® Brand SLEEK & THIN™ Sew On Fasteners.
  • Fairfield Poly Pellets Stuffing Beads.

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