I am working on a tutorial for ya'll; I plan for it to be up later today. But it has been too long since my last post, so I thought I would share some links for this gift idea.
Here is the first soft ball I made:
I made this by cutting 12 pentagon shapes with 2 inch sides. You just choose one to use as the middle and sew 5 other pieces to that, one along each side. Then repeat, and sew these two halves together, turn, and stuff. I like to add a jingle bell, encased inside a small plastic container (like the capsules that hold vending machine toys, or a small plastic easter egg, taped closed).
After I made this "soccer ball" type soft toy, I found a different pattern at Grand Revival. This page includes patterns for making three different sized balls. The first ones I made were from felt, which I do not recommend. These balls will be played with a lot, and the felt gets pilly and kindof yucky. You can see that in this picture of the balls I made last year:
So, now I make these balls from regular cotton fabrics, and they turn out much nicer. Like I said, I like to add a jingle bell inside and also ribbon tags for grabbing:
Another thing I have done with these balls is add an applique. This is a photo taken before I had a digital camera, and I hesitate to post it because it is so bad, but it might inspire you to add something cute to the balls you will make:
So that should give you some ideas for cute baby or toddler gifts. I also found another cute way to make a soft ball that might be even better for a younger baby; this one has lots of places for a little baby to grab. I haven't made one like this yet, so I don't have pictures to show you. But there are pictures along with the tutorial for sewing this kind of soft ball at the Daily Skein.
Like I said, this is just a bonus post of sorts, while we wait on the next tutorial from me. I hope it will be up in a few hours. Until then, happy sewing!