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I wanted to make a big ball-shaped pillow, basically a plush medicine ball.  This takes a little bit of machine sewing, but it's nothing complicated.

I plan to do a couple more in other basic colors, to have a nice set to kick around the living room.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Consumables:
Fleece
Thread
Polyester filler

Tools:
Cutting tools
Sewing machine

Step 2: Panels

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The ball will be put together similar to a plastic beach ball. There will be six panels made of fleece. The easiest way to get a piece that's symmetrical is to fold the fleece in half twice (once lengthwise, once widthwise). Once you make the first piece, use it as a template to cut the other five.

Grab two of the panels, place the good sides together, and sew one of the edges using a straight stitch.

For the first five seams, sew all the way across the long edge.  For the last seam, only sew from the ends to a few inches towards the center.  You want to leave enough of a hole to fit the arm of the sewing machine in to finish the ends as described in the next step.  Also, you want to be able to have an opening to put the stuffing!

Step 3: Ends

The point where all the panels come together at the ends can be covered up with a little circle of fleece.

Cut out two circles using a cup (or anything else round).  Pin the circles on the outside of the ball, then sew with a straight stitch around the circle to attach it to the ball.

Clean up the edges of the circle by switching to a zig-zag stitch, and sew around the very edge of the circle.  You could skip this step if you really want to, but it makes the final product look much cleaner.
MYT CR8TiV1 year ago
(n_n) I made one of these for my puppy. I forward and reverse stitched each spot to make sure it's extra sturdy and inside I placed a rattle and a squeaker I bought from the craft store and made her a custom dog toy. She loves squishing it in her mouth hearing the squeak of the squeak and kicking it around to hear the rattle.
gosphero1 year ago
Balls are just so convenient, aren't they?
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