The idea for the Sensory Hotdog came from a Southpaw product found here. L and J both like deep pressure, it is calming and helps them get organized, especially before tasks like writing or math. If you don’t mind using bedroom pillows or couch cushions, they work just as well. I did mind having our pillows on the floor, however I was not willing to spend $300-$500 to remedy the situation. So, I made our hotdog for about $35 and it was super easy.
I bought 5 yards of thick, but soft, khaki fabric for the “bun”. I simply folded the fabric in half and sewed around three sides, then turned right side out. Next I sewed a double fold hem on the fourth side and sewed one long seam down the middle to create the top and bottom of the bun. Last I sewed Velcro on the open ends so the filling can be removed and the cover can be washed. I stuffed one side of the bun with two body pillows, the other side i filled with chunks of high density foam and polyfill stuffing.
For the ketchup and mustard I just sewed long tubes and filled with a mixture of polyfill and poly pellets – they weigh about 8 pounds each. I used a green mottled fabric to sew two random blob shapes for relish which I filled with smaller foam chunks and a little bit of poly pellets – the relish weighs about 4 pounds each.
We already had body sox for the children (hotdogs).