Playing ball

12 Jul

I’ve been wanting to sew something fun but had too much to do, pieces of work that need completing and plans that need to be made, I also had a first birthday gift to think about.

On Monday an email popped up that caught my eye, the newsletter from Sew Can She which featured a tutorial for Fabric Beach Balls.  (If you’re not familiar with Sew Can She check it out, there is a free sewing tutorial 6 days a week).

The balls looked simple to make so I decided that I did have time to play and other things could wait.  I printed the template out and then stuck it onto card to make it easier to draw around and then cut my pieces, (ok I did first spend half an hour or so choosing fabric).

The instructions were clear and simple.  For the circles at the end of each ball, rather than cutting one for each end I cut 2, sewed them rights sides together and then cut a slit in one side and turned it the right way out.  This method meant that the piece already had neat edges saving me any fiddly turning under and was quick and easy to handsew on each end.

Fabric ball

There you have it, one fabric ball, looking a bit lonely on it’s own.  The tutorial has templates for 3 different sizes, I made the small one but think I might just make some more in larger sizes to go with it!   I thought about it becoming a first birthday present but wasn’t sure so made something else instead which I know will be suitable and used for years to come, more on that another day.

This may be the only sort of beach ball we’ll be playing with if the rain continues this summer!

Fabrics: All from the Sugar and Spice collection by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake

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6 thoughts on “Playing ball

  1. cute! these would be fun baby toys, maybe with a rattle inside?

    love that you play instead of doing your work, lol. it’s so much more fun, isn’t it?!

  2. Very cute! I love your idea for the circles at the ends… thanks for sharing that! I may have to give these a try, just for fun.

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