Introduction: How to Make Your Own Pyramid Juggling Balls

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Learn to make your own pyramid juggling balls out of cloth and rice!

It is best to use curtain material or something of similar strength that doesn't fray easily. You can also get creative in the colours you use as these are juggling balls that you are making! The measurements of 12cm triangle sides used here is suitable for kids of about 10 years old or younger. You may want to experiment with 14cm sides for bigger hands. I sewed these pyramids by hand, but a sewing machine can also be used for quicker production.  It is also worth noting that using rice as filling is not water or rat friendly. Plastic pellets are harder to acquire but your pyramids will last longer.

Step 1: Materials and Equipment Needed

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The materials and equipment needed should be readily available in most classrooms or at home.

List:

-Cloth
-Rice or plastic pellets
-Needles and pins
-Thread
-Funnel (can be made out of paper)
-Scissors
-Pencil
-Marker
-Ruler or sewing tape measure
-Cardboard

Step 2: Making a Cardboard Template

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Using your ruler, mark out the parallelogram shape on your cardboard and cut it out as shown.

Step 3: Cutting Out the Cloth Pattern

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Using your cardboard template, mark out and cut your cloth pattern to size.

Step 4: Pinning the Hem of Your Cloth

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First turn your cloth pattern upside down so that the back of the material is facing up. Using the pins, hem all the edges as shown.

Step 5: Sewing the Hem of Your Cloth Pattern

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Sew around the hem of the cloth that you have just pinned.

Step 6: Getting Ready to Sew Your Pyramid!

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Flip the material over so that the good side is facing up. Then fold the top left corner over to the top right corner as shown

Step 7: Sewing Your Pyramid

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Start sewing your pyramid from left to right as shown. Keep stitches close together so that the rice won't fall out! In my diagrams I have only used single stitching, but for stronger, longer lasting pyramids go back and stitch over the edges again.

Step 8: Turn Pyramid Right Side Out

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Your pyramid is currently inside out, so turn it right side out.

Step 9: Fill Pyramid With Rice.

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Fill your pyramid with rice. You can fill it almost to the top but don't overfill it as this will make the final stitching difficult.

Step 10: Final Stitches!

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Sew up the final hole in the pyramid. I have used the special invisible stitch technique but this is not important!

YOUR JUGGLING BALL IS NOW COMPLETE! MAKE TWO MORE FOR A SET OF THREE AND JUGGLE AWAY!!!

Comments

alow3 made it! (author)2016-02-06

Made it! They're definitely a bit big for my hands but oh wells! Used light red kidney beans from Publix. Woohoo!

allthegoodnamesaretaken (author)2012-01-22

They turned out great! I wish I could keep them rather than give them away as a gift... maybe I'll make another set.

allthegoodnamesaretaken (author)2012-01-22

These actually turn out a little big (for my preference at least), about 10.5 cm. If you want them smaller, just make the seams a little bigger. I did about 1/4 inch (just under 1 cm) and they turned out about 8 cm tall.

allthegoodnamesaretaken (author)2012-01-22

If you don't want to draw on the "good" side of the fabric, just flip your template over before you trace it, otherwise the next step or two could be slightly confusing.

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