When I was in high school, I decided to make my then boyfriend an oversized teddy bear for our anniversary. I went to the fabric store with my Mother, found a “big four” pattern, and bought supplies. Over the next week, I hand sewed each of the bear’s parts, lined up the parts with the body with washers to make them movable and lovingly added a fun nose. When I gave my boyfriend the gift, he was so surprised! I loved that it was an one of a kind gift not found at a store. My first softie was such a success, I wonder why I haven’t made another one since then.
When Trixie of Coloured Buttons asked me to participate in Softie Day, I fondly remembered my teddy bear experience and wanted to make something for a dear pregnant friend. Trixie is devoted to teaching our younger generations to sew so I asked Miss No No about her favorite toy and she said she loves her play balls. I decided to follow this pattern from the softie expert, Abby Glassenberg.
While Miss No No is still learning to cut accurately with scissors, she couldn’t make her own ball. She did help me pick fabric, glue my fabric to the paper and stuff my ball. I enjoyed crafting with her and she is already talking about learning to use my Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine. (Conversion to crafter/maker child complete!)
For the fabric, Miss No No choose One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff of RJR Fabrics. The fabric is just coming out in stores so keep your eyes open for it! (Here is a pre-order page from Fat Quarter Shop!) Here are my basted pentagons for the ball:
I really enjoyed basting these pentagons, especially after my June solids challenge mini quilt made of hexagons!
Here is the finished ball:
Miss No No LOVES it!
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