Thursday, February 11, 2010

Soft Baby Ball

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!
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12 comments:

  1. I have never tried to make a ball it has always seemed to hard but this is such a great tutorial and you make it look so easy I might just have to give it a whirl

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  2. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.............................................

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  3. Love the ball! Have a grandson who's first b-day is coming up... this will make a great gift!

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  4. Really cute...I've got lots of newbies around here, I'm going to have to try these! Thanks for the great info.

    Jamie :)

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  5. What a great cute gift!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  6. If you stop sewing a 1/4" from the end of each point, the ball goes together easier.

    I love making these, and never thought about flannel. Gonna go try it now!!!

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  7. {Love} it. Some day, I'll have to try it!
    Found your blog through Someday Crafts :)

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  8. I tried making this but mine turned out oval, yours looks much better! How did you get it round?

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  9. So glad you guys liked it! Charlene, thanks for the tip! Next time we'll try it out!

    MJ, we stuffed it really really well. Then once it was sewn up we smashed it around until it got back into shape. Glad the picture looks good, but ours is FAR from perfect! haha!

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  10. I made some of these and they were horribly lop-sided. I had the same problems at the tips. The square patch is a briThanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. I hope to see you back next week!lliant idea!

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  11. That is soooo cute! I just discovered your blog, and we are almost neighbors! My dad used to live in Evanston, and I went to Deerfield HS. I live in Twin Lakes, WI :) Subscribing!

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  12. thanks for sharing this! You make it look so easy! Can I link you up to my blog to share this? love it! Have to try it.:) Sharla @ my little gems

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