Where to purchase
Sources have changed over the years. Search the Internet for "Body Sox."
Prices as of 2013 range from $31-$66 (USD) depending on the size.
How to make - Pattern and Construction info
Some info from comments collected over the years...
Jaymie Derden says: We have used Body Sox a lot for a variety of Rotations and even on Wednesday nights! Our kids love 'em!
If you are working with fabric that is not in a tube, there's an easier way to make them. You don't even have to close the opening with anything. Fold the fabric lengthwise and seam it leaving an 18-24" opening in the middle of the back. Then sew both ends closed. You won't even know that there is an opening! Much easier and works fine!
For Jaymie Derden's directions for Body Sox see attachment at end of this post. Body sox shown at left constructed with her directions.
Dana provided this info:
There is a pattern on how to make one in a lesson plan from Cornerstones
Cornerstones has gone out of business and so, there went the files.)
It was in the - A Witness to God's Presence (Year One), Creation Unit, and the workshop "Moved by the Spirit". Should you have it in your resource cupboard.
Deborah Diehl reported:
Lycra material can be found at many fabric shops. It comes in a tube shape so it just needs to have one end sewn...straight sewing, nothing fancy. I had a volunteer do it and she was able to make seven body socks in one evening.
Lisa M noted:
Check to make sure that the fabric you get stretches vertically, horizontally and diagonally and that you can see through the material at least a little bit (big safety issue).
You can make different size bags for different size children. I found that if the stretch is good, you want it to go to the chin and when the arms are out straight to the elbows. Just fold material in a square the size you want and seam it into a closed square with an opening at the bottom. The opening should be in the middle and you might zigzag it to prevent fraying.
Barbara in Portland chimed in:
I think you can make it like a pillow sham, kind of a over lapping opening, then use velcro to secure. I'd get a pillow pattern, and follow the instructions for the opening of a sham, the kind you would take off the pillow before sleeping on it. I checked out the body sox the gym at our local school has, and this appears to be how they open- no zipper.
Our seamstress (serger) volunteer made 8 or so, utilizing a 1/2 off fabric sale to purchase lycra at a good value. She said she had fun trying to "look through" the fabric in the store-something you want to make sure is possible, not totally opaque. We have light blue, green, lavender, some have zippers, some have velcro, but that catches on carpeting. It is basically a large rectangle.
Ideas on how to use
We found that it is important that all children are "in" sox and not laughing on the outside. Doing warm-up exercises (which I think are included in Cornerstone lessons) is important esp if this is a group's 1st body sox experience, or even in a while. It can really bring out some great expressing!
We just used them to put on the play The Three Trees and the trees were in green body socks and it was a great success. Three of the children were in Body Sox and were the trees, the rest acted out the other parts. It was very powerful.
Another idea for using it would be to tell the story of creation. You have 2 narrators at the lecturn and voices in the congregation for the other parts and God wears a white body sock and must be able to project well to say the God lines.
I have several body sox but in different colors for different characters they have played. You can use it as a whole group lesson to explore body language too.
Lisa M. added:
This was awesome for creation and interpreting Joseph's dreams!
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