How to Make a Cloth Ball
Handmade Cloth Ball
How to Make a Cloth Bath
Ready to make a cloth ball? These step-by-step instructions will show you how to create a pattern and then handstitch your own beautiful and fun cloth ball from non-woven material, like felt, fleece, or oilcloth.
Once you get the hang of it, you can then use woven materials like denim or canvas, and adjust the size of the pattern to your liking.
Step 1: Gather Materials
To make a cloth ball, you will need:
- Non-woven fabric, like felt, polyfleece, oilcloth, or similar. I used 12"x12" felt and felt remnants.
- Polyester filling, either fluff or leftover batting, enough to make a fluffy ball that is 10"-12" in circumference.
- Embroidery thread, any color
- Large-eyed needle
- Paper, for making a pattern
- Measuring tape
Cloth Ball Pattern
Step 2: Make a Baseball Pattern
This cloth ball is made out of two pieces of fabric, cut from one pattern piece. The pattern follows that of a baseball.
- Looking at the pictures above, draw a rectangle that measures 9"x1 1/4". Draw a circle that is 3" in diameter at each end of the rectangle. It's not critical that the circles be perfectly round, though I used a drawing tool to help me draw the pattern.
- Using the above images as a guide, smooth out the pattern by drawing curved lines to smoothly connect the circles to the rectangle. The resulting "bone shape" makes the pattern for the ball.
- Finally, mark small circles at the round ends of the pattern, and dashes at the center of the pattern, following the image above as a guide. These markings will help remind you how the pieces line up when you assemble the ball.
Cut Pattern Pieces
Step 3: Cut Pattern Pieces
- You will cut two (2) fabric pieces using the one paper pattern. I used two colors, but you can use one if you prefer.
- Pin the paper pattern to your first fabric and cut. Then pin the paper pattern to your second fabric and cut. You now have two pieces that you will use to assemble the ball.
- Optionally, you can transfer the small circle and dash markings to your fabric pieces, which will help you to line up the pieces when you assemble your ball.
Assemble Cloth Ball
Step 4: Assemble Cloth Ball
- Take a wad of polyfill and make a round ball about 10"-12" in circumference. You can make the ball as soft or as firm as you like.
- Wrap the cloth ball pieces over the polyfill, matching up circle markings to dash markings. Looking at the above assembly images, the round ends of the green piece match up to the straight centers of the pink piece. Likewise, the round ends of the pink piece match up to the straight centers of the green piece.
- Butt the edges of the fabric pieces together and pin to hold in place. This will assist you when sewing, though you will need to be extra careful so that you don't get stuck by a pin.
Sew and Finish Cloth Ball
Step 5: Sew Cloth Bath and Finish
- Thread a long length of embroidery thread onto a large-eyed needle. Knot one end. Stitch seam using an overhand stitch, about 1/4" in from each edge. Pull thread so that fabric edges abutt snugly. Continue stitching until the seam is fully stitched. Hide any knots on the inside of the fabric where it won't show.
- Once the ball is stitched, and all pins removed, shape the ball with your hands so that it is more evenly round.
Enjoy your new cloth ball!