I’ll preface this tutorial by stating that it’s probably the most in-depth one I’ve done so far. However, the results are incredibly cute and worth the effort.
This one is actually my second try, and while it’s still definitely not perfect, it was far easier and turned out a bit better looking than my first one. Think you’re up to the challenge? My tutorial comes from the book Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner, who also has a beautiful design blog annamariahorner.blogspot.com.
I will try to give some good instructions as I go, but I have to admit that I didn’t take enough pictures as I went along, so please forgive me ahead of time. Actually, once you get a couple of steps into the process, it doesn’t lie flat anyway, making it difficult for picture taking. For starters, you need to go back to Geometry class–you need to cut out 20 fabric hexagons and 12 fabric pentagons. They all need to have 2 1/4″ long edges on each side.
I chose to make mine using a variety of fabrics from my scrap stash, but you could make all the hexagons in one color and all the pentagons in another. At this point I also need to add that I used all 1/4″ seam allowances and a straight stitch with a short stitch length, always sewing with the right sides together.
Okay, to really get started in assembling this bad boy you need to choose a pentagon and attach a hexagon to one side. Start and end 1/4″ away from the corner, backstitching at either end. (You’ll use this method throughout the process)
Open the two pieces up and attach another hexagon to an adjacent side of the pentagon. You will need to sew one side to the pentagon and one side to the adjoining hexagon, making an “L.”
Choose 5 more pentagons and attach them in the spaces in between the hexagons. A rule of thumb I used as I made this was that no pentagons could touch each other as each one ends up being surrounded by hexagons.
Next attach 5 more hexagons, one in between each space created by the previous step. At this point you will be sewing 3 sides of the hexagon.
Attach 5 more hexagons, this time to the edges of the pentagons that are still open. Again, sew the hexagons on 3 sides.
Add a row of 5 pentagons, each one in the spaces created by the hexagons. Sew them on 3 sides.
Add a last row of 5 hexagons between the last pentagons you just added. At this point you should really see the ball coming together and (hopefully) figure out to sew all open seams together.
You should have one pentagon left over now–I sewed mine on 3 sides, leaving 2 sides open.
Stuff with polyfil and hand-sew the two open sides closed.
This would make a dear gift for a little one in your life. I think that maybe using different textured fabrics or putting a rattle in the middle of the stuffing would add extra fun as well. My “babies” are now 4 1/2, but they still enjoyed playing with this ball after I made it.
Blessings to you this week, Rachel