As we mentioned in an earlier post, a friend of ours had a baby and we were looking for some cute homemade gift ideas. Our mom had given Maggie a bag full of colorful flannel scraps that would be perfect to make a colorful, soft baby ball! We found quite a few tutorials out there, but found that combining a couple of them worked out best for us.
First we cut our fabric into eight pieces using this pattern for a medium-sized ball.
Next, we pinned four of our shapes together (right sides together), forming the first half of the ball. Then using the technique found in this tutorial, we sewed those first four pieces together, being careful to line the points up as best we could (although perfection isn't required). Then pin and sew the other half of your ball, paying attention to putting your color pattern in the same order as the first half. Finally, pin and sew your two halves together, leaving a small opening.
Now turn your ball right side out and stuff it really well! At this point, you could also insert a jingle bell or other small noisy object. Once it is stuffed, hand stitch the open seam. Our points at the ends of the ball were not perfect, so we also sewed small, brightly colored patches over them. They were cute and hid our mistakes!
Now your ball is finished and ready to play with!