The easiest way to make a ball shape is to sew together six or more oval-shaped panels. These sewn balls can be used for many projects, such as toys and games, pom-poms or decorative elements on hats and clothing. A sewn ball requires some skill, but it not beyond the reach of even a beginning sewer.
Things You'll Need
- Stretchy fabric
- Sewing machine
- Filling (stuffing, beans, sand or other filling)
Make a pattern for the fabric panels you will use to construct the ball. Each panel resembles a rounded leaf shape with an oval middle and tapered ends. The size for the ball will vary, but if you make each piece about 6 inches long and 4 inches high, your ball will be about 18 inches around and 6 inches tall.
Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out six pieces.
Place the right sides of the fabric of two of the panels together and pin in place. Sew the panel pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam. Sew another panel to the other side of the panel, using a 1/4 inch seam.
Sew the other three panels together in a semi-circle. Face the right sides of the two semi-circles together and sew the pieces together. Leave a 2 inch opening in one seam to fill the ball.
Turn the ball out and fill with stuffing. Make sure to add enough stuffing so that the ball is as full as it can get.
Fold the exposed edges of the fabric under so that they are hidden inside the ball. Sew the opening closed to finish the ball.
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