Wednesday is my day for the blog hop small, smaller, smallest hosted by Carol at justletmequilt.com In trying to get ahead of the curve, I posted mine a bit early- oops! But better late than never, right? Our assignment was to make something small, not a big quilt in other words. I took this literally and made fabric balls that are small, smaller and smallest!
For my project, I wanted to get away from showing another doll quilt, so this project is something I’ve been wanting to try…fabric balls. There are so many tutorials for these online, but I was able to sample a few different ones and have some fun! My favorite tutorial is fabric beach ball the one on Craftsy.com by Sew Fun, called Quilted Beach Ball for Baby. This ball has 8 pieces, a final step to cover the corner seams and the look is lovely. I think this ball would be great for a bigger kid, not just for a baby. In fact, I offered one to my many college kids. The directions, which are easy to follow, result in the largest ball (12″ with a measuring tape around) that you see here in blue and yellow. However, this pattern calls for an extra applique circle that you sew by hand to cover up your seams. While the look is great, it is much more work than the second pattern I tried.
Below here is a photo of what the Beach Ball seams look like without the extra applique added, and another photo with the circle sewn on. It definitely looks more like a beach ball with the circle added, but stitching that little piece on wasn’t easy! I diligently followed the suggestion to use lots of extra stuffing, and in doing so, it’s quite dense. Given how full the ball was stuffed, there wasn’t much wiggle room to easily sew on the applique circle. Some directions for these balls suggest adding in a bell or shaker toy, but I just kept it solid batting. Next time, I would definitely add a bit less stuffing and even try a little noise maker.
Yes, Annie initially thought that I had made these for her!! She grabbed these and I took photos quickly before she tore the balls to pieces.
Since I hope to make these balls with my young sewing students, I wanted to try something with fewer steps. I found this second fabric ball tutorial by Stitches and Love, which I used to make the smaller balls. This one has only 6 pieces and is without that last applique step. I like this pattern, but I still recommend that you check out the Craftsy tutorial up above to get the best step by step directions. I used my copier to enlarge this pattern and got myself two different sizes, though you can’t really tell in photos. Trust me, the red and yellow ball is 7 1/2″ around and the blue and red one or the SMALLEST is 6 1/2″ around. In the photos below, you can see where the seams come together at the end. They don’t look too bad, but if you like perfection, you could always add your own circle applique to the ends. These balls went together much more quickly, as you would expect with two fewer pieces to sew. I didn’t stuff them as full, and hand sewing the last hole was a breeze compared to the first try. It’s a fun and easy project!
So here you have it. I’m thrilled to be a participant in another great blog hop with such talented sewers. I like seeing the variety of projects that each of us choose, and always find some great ideas from hopping around. Thank you to Carol of justletmequilt.com for organizing another great hop! Please go to each of the links to see what everyone else has been working on.
Linking up with:
This week’s small, smaller, smallest blog hop at justletmequilt.com
Monday Making at lovelaughquilt.com
Lets Bee Social at sewfreshquilts.com
Oh Scrap at quiltingismorefunthanhousework.com
Finished or Not Friday at busyhandsquilts.com