How to Sew a Soft Ball

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 handmade 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? 

How to Sew a Soft Ball

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And there are so many more! 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.


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

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


You'll need:

materials to sew a soft toy

  • 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
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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!)

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 shop (baby to adult). The latter comes complete with instructions and tips for easy sewing. Easy project, too!


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

Now, the Soft Baby Ball TUTORIAL:


I usually use a 1/4 inch seam allowance here (=approximately 7 mm in metric), the usual one for soft toys.

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.

cut pieces for the soft ball toy




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).


how to sew a soft ball



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

how to sew a soft ball




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.

diysoft ball for baby

sewing soft baby toy



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

sewing blue and green fabric ball



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

how to add stuffing to the soft ball baby toy


how to sew a soft ball


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!

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28 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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  13. Is this washable with the stuffing material?

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    1. Depends on the stuffing you use. I always make these soft balls with washable stuffing. Thanks for dropping by,

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  14. My seams get all skewed as I add leaves. What's the trick to keeping them straight?

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    1. Hi Becky,

      does it help if you pin two leaves together (RST) before stitching?

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