Friday, September 3, 2010

Scrap Happy: Soccer Ball Tutorial

As many know, I love scrap fabrics.  I can't seem to part with many of my favorite fabrics ....
(not the best picture, but you can see my scrap fabric stash to the left)  So, obviously I have a problem lol....but that's not the point of this blog.

I was wanting to share a fun tutorial of what YOU can do with YOUR scraps ;)

Scrappy Soccer Balls

You will need:
12 pentagon pieces (template below)
stuffing to fill the ball
rattle and stabilizer(both optional)


(this can be resized to whatever size you want)

1.  Since most of my scraps that I like working with are knit fabric, I like to use stabilizer to help the ball keep it's shape better.  So, I start out buy cutting 12 pentagon pieces from stabilizer.  Then I place and iron the stabilizer on the back of the fabric and just cut the fabric out that way.

(if you do not want to use stabilizer, you can skip this step and just cut out 12 pentagon pieces of fabric)

2.  Lay 2 of the pentagon pieces (right sides together) and sew along one side.
* important: start and stop about 1/4 inch from the edges and use 1/4 inch seam allowance for ALL following seams.  Also note in the second picture how the edges of the 2 pieces align exactly.  Make sure these 2 steps are taken with each of the following steps to ensure your ball comes together right*

3.  Now you are going to sew another pentagon to each of the 4 remaining sides of this one pentagon.

(I fold over the first one underneath while sewing the new seam for the next pentagon piece (to the right) so the first doesn't accidentally get sewn in)

Here I have all 5 pentagons sewn to the one and I have started sewing the edges of the outer pentagons together

4. Sew together all of the outer pentagons' adjacent sides.  It will look like the picture below 

5.  Repeat steps 2-4 for the other side of the ball.  You will have 2 half circles (although they won't really have the circular shape just don't panic)

6. This part is the trickiest... Fold one of the half circles wrong side out and lay it on top of the other half circle.

Line the corner of one of the pentagons on the piece in your hand to the seam of the piece you are setting it on.  Sounds confusing so I tried to illustrate it below.

The arrows show the lines that need to be matched flush and sewn together.

7. Continue sewing the remaining sides together all the way around the ball.  When you get to the last side, leave it open.

8. Clip all the corners and turn the ball right side out.

9.  Stuff the ball firmly and include a rattle (optional).

10. Baste stitch the opening shut and viola!  You have your soccer ball!


Erin said...

LOVE IT! Thanks so much for sharing Carri!

Z. said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial - I'm adding this to my "Must Sew" list :)

Leslie said...

ha, that's so cute! I LOVE the Mr bubble fabric! Where did you find that little gem?

Booger Bear Creations said...

Thanks you guys! Glad you like it :)

Leslie, honestly I am a huge sucker for people throwing out scraps and buy them from them. I'm pretty sure I got lucky with one and found that fabric in it.

Brittany said... cute. Love it! My scraps DO have a purpose. lol. Thanks for sharing!

Tere said...

So very cute and awesome tutorial...thanks for sharing! Come link up at

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

So so cute! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!!

Joy said...

Just found you thru Ponytails and Fishscales! Love your blog and I can't wait to try one of these soccer balls for my son! I have a linky on Friday and would love to have you link up your awesome projects!

Sandy Ang said...

Such a great tutorial ! I wish I could sew like you

Kim said...

This is so cute. Your instructions were very good, it was nice to include the tip about the interfacing with the knit.

erin_compton05 said...

where do you buy the rattles at? ive tried google, but it brings up toys with rattles inside them

Booger Bear Creations said...

I bought the rattles in a huge lot. I know that you can find some through sellers on etsy if you search "rattles" under supplies.