It was not an exact science putting it together and it is not a perfect sphere but Its simple and My little boy loves his.Even now he still kicks it round our living room.
I'm now making one for my Little girl in the same way.
I'm not the best at sewing and I don't own a sewing machine. I was even worse when I made Lucas' I only knew three stitches at the time Back stitch, running stitch and over stitch so thats all the "skill" you will need to make it.
The lettering is obviously not required for it to work as a ball, I admit I got brave with that and i could have quite easily made a real mess of it. I had small iron on Butterflies I had bought on stand by if it needed unpicking again.
Tools You Will Need
- Scraps of fabric
- Tape measure
- Fabric Pencil
- Needle and Cotton
- Pins + Safety pins
- Embroidery cotton or Top Stitch various colours (basically a thicker cotton for over stitching the seams and lettering)
- Old shirt or scrappy fabric plain and pale in colour
Step 1: Getting Started
If you are lucky enough to have a Toddler living with you I suggest you do this after they have gone to bed, I made the mistake of trying it when he was up, It was made impossible by the attempts to help me (aka wear the pieces of fabric on his head.)
The shortest length you are using will determine the size of the ball, In my case it was the pink swirly piece third from the right, It measured just over 10 inches in length, This means you need enough strips for a circumference of 21 inches. I laid them out like on the image and ran a tape over it to be sure there was enough fabric,
You will need a couple of pieces wide enough to cut the circular end pieces out of.
In fairness if some of the pieces are a little longer it doesn't really matter because the ends will be covered by the top and bottom peices.