It's my 3th pair of poi's I made myself, each one better than the last.
See the last step for my 4th pair of poi's. The rope is more beautiful.
Don't know what poi's are? Check this out:
These are much softer than tennis balls, made from rice in socks. My other poi's are made from crunched candle wax in plastic bags. They don't tangle too much like tennis ball poi's.
I used a rope-making technique (reverse wrapping cordage) to make my new poi's more strechy and bouncy, it brings a nice feel to it. And it should, in theory, be stronger than the same piece of cloth not made into rope.
I used paracord for tying the the handle on the rope with a special knot (gaucho knot). If you don't have paracord, be creative! I used one of the inside threads for sewing. You can also use fishing line, it shouldn't break. Or you can use your own sewing technique if it's strong enough.
I don't know much about textile, so I can't say which kind of cloth is best. I can only say make sure it doesn't unravel if you cut it. I just found a sheet somewhere in the woods and it seemed to be perfect for making poi's. it's bright red, it doesn't unravel and it is soft for handling and slightly strechy.
See the last step for my new version of these poi's.
Things I used:
- piece of cloth of course, roughly 70 x 50cm. I used a synthetic t-shirt for my previous poi's and it was perfect
- some paracord. I used about 4 x 1m, but the actual knot takes less, you can cut off a lot if the knot's ready
- one of the inside threads of paracord for sewing. Fishing line should also be good.
- two socks to fill with rice. Or just any bag you can fill with about 80g of rice
- about 2 x 80 grams of rice. It makes the poi perfect for hitting youself which is useful if you practice.
For my previous poi's I used cheap candle wax (2 x 5 tealights) and crunched it into plastic bag's. Also very good for hitting yourself.
- small pliers
- a needle
- a lighter, for burning the ends of the paracord
- something to draw lines on the cloth
- some strings for holding the rope into place
If you have any questions about this instructable, message me or comment.