Since the pieces are small, it's easy to come up with fabrics to make any of the balls. The biggest obstacle I encountered is finding cotton stuffing. Jenny's instructions insist on cotton stuffing (instead of poly) because the cotton holds the circular shape better. I phoned four local big-box fabric and craft stores without success, so online ordering was needed.
Since I have three grandsons between the ages of 6 and 19 months, I thought I might as well make several of these puzzle balls. Nanas musn't show favorites, right?
The first two, 2-3/4" diameter balls, were sewn on the sewing machine. I wasn't entirely pleased with the inaccurate intersections, so I hand pieced the next two balls that were 5-3/4" and 6" in diameter. They have more precise Y intersections. Once again, I found hand piecing very satisfying. Making these seemed to take no time at all, and listening to a great audiobook - "Juliet" by Anne Fortier - made it even better.
These look pretty pitiful before the stuffing is added.
|Stuffing a small, 2-3/4" diameter ball|
|larger balls - 6" and 5-3/4"|
Six month-old Aesa liked the small ball which fit nicely in his little hand.
Birthday boy Austin, liked his too! He can easily throw the 2-3/4" diameter ball.
Of course, it fits nicely in the mouth too.
One of these puzzle balls, pieced from any of a variety of shapes, would make a nice newborn gift. Just print pertinent birth information onto Printed Treasures (paper-backed fabric) then cut one of the puzzle shapes, and sew into the ball.
In any case, making these has been a fun diversion from the usual quiltmaking. Linda