I tried out another of the tempting patterns from the Little Things to Sew book by Liesl Gibson. This is about my third pattern from the book and it has (as usual) great, easy to follow instructions.
I made 6 balls in total. Two sets in different colour combinations.
I really like the red, blue and green ones, they are my favourites.
The red and yellow ones remind me of little beach balls!
The juggling balls themselves come in two sizes; small or large. The small size is recommended for a younger child and this is the size I made up. I dived straight into my scraps tub and managed to make a small dent in it. This is such a good project for using up those itty bitty pieces you're hanging onto - just incase?
The pattern includes the drawstring bag which as you can see is very roomy. My little pile of balls fit at the bottom of the bag, room for many more!
The balls sew up really quickly and after you have done about three in a row, you start to get in your stride. I sewed, stuffed and pinned the little gap shut on all of them and then settled down with a needle and thread to hand sew all of them shut. My hand sewing leaves a lot to be desired, I don't do it enough to master it. But each ball got neater and neater as I went on and it was nice to sit down in a half hours peace on the sofa for a change.
I stuffed my balls with a mixture of toy stuffing and rice grains. They needed a good amount of rice (you could use any grains for this) to add sufficient weight to stop them moving through the air too slowly. After all, that would be cheating wouldn't it?
The bag is a nice touch and makes it a good gift. It is lined so has a professional finish and the different panels means you can really co-ordinate it to the colours of the balls.
The pattern said to use twill tape for the drawstring but I only had white so made my own out of the same red as the bag lining and the balls.
This is all packaged and ready to be given to a boy from my daughters class as a birthday present. I included some basic instructions on how to juggle, but I think Mum and Dad will have to give him a few lessons first.
I wish I could juggle, I never quite mastered it!