How to Sew a Soft Ball

What about a perfect baby-welcoming gift you can make in a really short time? This is an easy, step-by-step beginner sewing tutorial that shows you how to make a soft toy for a baby. I included lots of photos to make it super easy for you to sew a homemade gift to a special baby in your life - it's a perfect beginner sewing project. And did I mention there is a free PDF sewing pattern waiting for you to download? 

  Get your free PDF sewing patttern for a soft baby toy, with a step-by-step tutorial and lots of how-to photos. It's an easy beginner sewing project for a perfect baby-welcoming gift you can make in a really short time.

Join me, get your free PDF sewing pattern and learn how to make a cute toy all by yourself. It's easy!


This post includes affiliate links. Thanks for your support. Now, off to sewing these softies: they are an all-time favorite with babies, so you cannot miss if you decide to make one yourself as a baby gift. In fact, I've made some as baby welcoming gifts myself - and they always, always turned out to be a great, personalized present.

And they are sooo easy to sew! Let me show you how.


You'll need:

Free sewing pattern and tutorial for a soft fabric ball for a baby.

  • 5 pieces of 6x3 inch cotton fabric (Check out Peek-A-Boo shop for cute baby prints!)
  • optional: pieces of satin ribbon to make loops
  • some soft toy stuffing material 
  • coordinating sewing thread
  • sewing machine, scissors, 
  • pins
  • your FREE PDF Sewing Pattern on Craftsy (click here) ********** UPDATED!******

And if you are looking for some adorable new fabric, you can check out these cute fabrics by peek-a-boo. (They've also got gorgeous baby prints!)






Your FREE PDF PATTERN



Yep, totally free - this is the free PDF pattern for a homemade soft baby toy. Download it for free from Craftsy HERE.


Free PDF sewing pattern for a homemade soft baby toy. Download it for free from Craftsy HERE.

Read on and learn how to make this softie by yourself, it's easy!

MORE TO SEW:

While you are at sewing, you can make an easy earwarmer headband in matching colors. You'll have a wonderful handmade present for your loved ones (aka 2-in-1!) – You can either use my free 3-size version (baby to 1 year) if you subscribe to newsletter, or get an 8-size PDF pattern in my Craftsy shop (baby to adult). The latter comes complete with instructions and tips for easy sewing. Easy project, too!



Now, the Soft Baby Ball TUTORIAL:


1) Use the PDF pattern to cut 5 pieces for the soft baby ball. Also cut several pieces of ribbon, each 2 inch (5 cm) in length. Arrange the individual leaves for sewing.

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2) Put the first two pieces with right sides of fabric together. Fold a ribbon in half and pin it between the two leaves. Note: the loop of the ribbon should be facing inwards (see the photo).


  Get your free PDF sewing patttern for a soft baby toy, with a step-by-step tutorial and lots of how-to photos. It's an easy beginner sewing project for a perfect baby-welcoming gift you can make in a really short time.



3)  Sew along the entire side of the leaf and leave the other one open.

free pattern for home made ball for baby




4) Add individual leaves as you sew, each time adding a satin-like ribbon (folded in half and facing inwards, as mentioned above). Each time you add a leaf, just sew along one side, as shown in the photos below.

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5) When the 5th leaf has been attached, you'll need to sew it together with the 1st leaf, but not entirely. Leave an opening for stuffing. Then turn the ball inside out.

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6) Stuff it with some soft material and then close the opening.

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Soooo, your soft and cuddly fabric ball is ready for playing. Happy gift giving!


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How to make a soft and cuddly baby toy. The softest baby welcoming gift!

Running out of time?

Love to sew but running out of time to make the soft toy yourself this time? I totally understand. I'm including an affiliate link for your convenience, so you can grab a ready-made toy this time to save the day: (And you can use this tutorial next time, so don't forget to bookmark it ;)







Want More Free Patterns+Tutorials?

Sign up to get email updates to stay in the loop. If you sign up HERE, you also get a freebie - AppleGreen Cottage subscribers get the 3 smallest sizes of my Perfect Earwarmer Headband Pattern (size baby to one year) as a free PDF. Here:

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.



Feel free to check out some of my PDF patterns on Craftsy. Many of them are free! They are all linked to my free tutorials on the blog, so it will be super easy for you to use them to sew something cute for yourself or your loved ones:


Click here to get to my other PDF patterns on Craftsy.




Or ...check out my newest (and cutest!) addition to Craftsy patterns:

DIY Mini Fabric Bin - just the cutest little bin to sew! It's an easy beginner sewing project. Get your PDF pattern on Craftsy.



Happy sewing!


24 comments:

  1. Lovely project! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Thanks for hosting the great party!
    Hope you have an awesome week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Ana. I hope the tutorial has intrigued you enough to try it - I see from your blog that you are very crafty yourself :) Hugs from Slovenia

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  2. I love it :) I will definately make one for my little daughter :)

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    1. Thank you, Googlowka. I am happy to hear that. Post it on your blog, and I'll be happy to link to it. I'm curious how it will look like. I'd be soo happy now if I knew Polish, your blog has many tutorials :) see you again

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  3. This is adorable!! TFS!! Stopping by from Sew Crafty Angel's Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party and a co-host. I am also a follower now.

    Stop by my blog and FB page and follow me back: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi Alisha,
    thanks for visiting here. I've just started following you, too. You've done a wonderful job making that Edelweiss backpack - I love the functionality (an additional zipper pocket inside? I need to learn that too!!)

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    1. Thank you for following me back!! Thank you for your kind words regarding the Edelweiss backpack. Don't be afraid of zippers ;-) they aren't that hard to do (I felt the same way when I did my first zipper...and second LOL)

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    2. Hehe, what I meant was sewing a multifunctional backpack with additional pockets/hidden/closed/on the inside... where you can keep your treasures and pencils and keys separated from the bulky items. But thanks for drawing my attention to zippers - they are luckily not an issue anymore but oh boy, they WERE - and your comment's just reminded me of a pile of zippered makeup bags I made a while ago... never hurts to practice some more, right? :) Thanks

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  5. Very fun! A lot of my friends have new babies or are expecting. This would make a great gift!

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    1. Thanks, Natasha. Then you better get your sewing machine ready, babies love this soft and cuddly toy. Thanks for visiting :)

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    1. Marni, oh and it IS easy! It really took me a lot more time to photograph than to sew :) Have a great day! Damjana

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  7. Oh its so cute.. I am definitely going to make one for my 6 month old son.

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  8. Great tutorial - will have to give this a go :-)

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  9. Made one of these for my one year old niece today and she loved it! Tutorial was so easy to follow, went from finding this page to finished toy in less than an hour :)

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    1. Julia,
      so happy to hear that! This is why the tutorial was made. Happy sewing!
      Damjana

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  10. Great toy! And a great project to use scrap fabrics!

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    1. Annie,
      thank you, I agree - I love to use scrap fabrics for these type of projects too!

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  11. Love this tutorial was so easy, I do however am wondering how you closed the hole up after stuffing it ??

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    1. Oh thanks for drawing attention to this detail,
      I haven't realized that I forgot to explain that in the tutorial: I just topstitched over the opening using the sewing machine. Hope this helps!

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  12. Hi Damjana. I love your blog and so happy to find your project on Pinterest. Just want to personally thank you and let you know that I featured this project on my blog in my sewing for babies post.

    Here it is, http://sewingmadesimple.net/sewing-projects-for-babies/

    Please let me know if I missed something or if you want to change and add information about your blog and project.

    Xoxo,
    Amber

    P.s. I’m a new fan. :)

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    1. Amber,

      thank you, that's so sweet of you! Let's stay in touch!

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