Tuesday, November 4, 2008

ribbon tag ball tutorial

Okay guys. I've read a lot of tutorials...apparently enough to make me think that I can now write my own. We'll see. I've had this idea of making a ribbon tag ball floating around in my head for awhile now. My daughter loves her tag blanket and loves squishy balls so I thought I'd combine the two and see how it turns out. I think it came out pretty well but we'll have to wait and see what Madelyn thinks of it because she's napping now...shhhh.....

Ribbon Tag Ball Tutorial

Use this pattern to cut out 6 pieces of fabric (I used 2 different fabrics - 3 of each).
Cut your ribbons into 3 inch pieces. I used 3 different kinds of ribbons so I could have 3 loops on each side. You could put more on if you wanted to.

Fold your ribbons in half and pin in place.
Sew the ribbons in place. Make sure you stitch inside the 1/4 inch seam allowance so it won't show through.
Lay another cutout piece of fabric on top of the piece that you just stitched the ribbons onto, keeping right sides together.

Stitch down the side that the ribbons are sewn:

It should look like this:

Repeat this for the other 4 pieces of fabric. You should now have three parts that look like this:

Now you begin to sew these pieces to each other, making sure that your corners line up. Here's four pieces:

And here's all six pieces sewn together:

Make sure you leave an opening so you can turn your ball right side out. Now it's time to stuff with fiberfill. I also added some jinglebells.

Sew up the opening by hand and you're all done. Taa daa!


Larissa Holland said...

well, that is just too cute. I remember my baby girlies used to fixate on the tags on all their plush toys, but those tag toys didn't start coming out until later.
Great pictures with the tute, and how cute to add the bells. I'll have to bookmark this for any future baby gifts. love it!

koala brains said...

That is so cute. I have some scraps of the polka dot fabric from your tutorial that I can use. I will have to make this for my friend who is expecting her first this month. Thanks!!

donna said...

Hi! I'm one of your swap partners in the Christmas Ornament swap! That baby ball is so cute, I might have to practise my sewing skills and make on for my baby daughter.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting such a great tutorial! I'm making these for my nephew for christmas.

tessnco said...

i'm a beginner sewer and i just made this little toy in about a half hour.

bethany said...

Hey, great tutorial! I made my own ball and linked to you from my blog, check it out! http://bethanylois.blogspot.com

Leanne said...

Just curious - do you sell these? I think my son would love something like this! I like to sew and the pattern is very clearly explained & looks easy to follow, but I just do not have time these days. If you're interested, could you please email me at blackcat (at) exrt.net?

Thank you,

- Leanne