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#1 75etd

Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:44 PM

I'm new to trying to discover my hidden (they are very hidden) sewing talents and decided to make the Fabric Baby Grab Ball which is referenced in one of the sitckys in this section.

I've made 4 of the sections, but I feel that by the time I have made 12 of them, it's going to be pretty bulky.  I have chosen to make the "plump version" but I wondered how others thing it will work if I do a mix of the plump and skinny versions.  Any thoughts on this?

Also I thought I would try to put some scrunchy filling in a couple of the sections.  Is the normal wrapping paper celophane best for this?

And I had also thought about putting a bell or something similar in it also.  Does a cat bell work well? Or does something else work better?


#2 my little pony

Posted 16 January 2009 - 04:33 PM

Do you have a link? I think I know the one you mean, but it would be easier to see it...

My project to (hopefully) start tonight are the MM Baby Rings someone linked to a week ago when I was looking for taggie patterns.

ATM my plan is to just use some jingle bells and see how they work - might need to get a cats ball depending on how well they jingle IYKWIM.

For crinkle, I've just used cellophane in the past, but you can use shopping bag plastic, and I've also used the thick plastic shrink wrap that things come wrapped in sometimes to give extra crunch (I used it in some lettuce felt food).

#3 75etd

Posted 16 January 2009 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for your thoughts my little pony.  Following is the link to the Fabric Baby Grab Ball.  I've gone ahead and made all 12 sections the same and will see how I get on.  I was motivated today and had some time.

The Baby Rings look very cute.  Need someone else to have a babe now to make (well try) some more lovely things.

This may seem like a silly questions, but what stuffing/filling do you usually use?  Where do you usually get it from?  Looking for a good cheap option.

#4 my little pony

Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:35 PM

That grab ball also looks very cute! Next time...  original.gif

I just use HobbyFill from Spotlight - I bought a huge bag years ago, and am nowhere near even half way through it. It's the one with a Humpty Dumpty picture on the front and a pattern on the back.

Make sure you show us a pic of your final product! I didn't get to start the rings - I measured up my nephew instead and have started on a hat for him! The rings are next on the list though...

#5 Flossie

Posted 18 January 2009 - 06:45 AM

To make a rattle for in the middle when make mine.  I use the plastic container from out of those Kinder Surprises and put little beads or stuffing pellets (from making stuffed toys) I suppose you could put pebbles or rice too inside then glue it shut or put sticky tape round it and then put it inside the ball or softie.  Only problem is if you are making something small they are too big to fit in the middle.  good luck with whatever you decide.

Edited by Flossie, 18 January 2009 - 06:45 AM.

#6 becanne

Posted 18 January 2009 - 12:08 PM

Thanks Flossie - I've been trying to work out a safe way to put bells in toys.
You've saved me some trial and error!

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