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In anticipation of our first grandbaby in early December, this is my latest baby-craze project.  I've also made flannel burp cloths and have other plans in the works.  

I pieced the little "football" (for lack of better term) units by machine, stuffed and stitched closed by hand.  Stitched the units together by hand.  Fun, relaxing, quick project.  The only challenge was setting together the last set of 3.  When the instructions (free on the internet) say to not overstuff the units or it will be too difficult to stitch together, they knew what they were talking about.  I was careful to only stuff about 3/4 full (the recommended maximum), and that last unit was still a challenge, but not impossible.  

I used a variety of textures - velvet, minkee, flannel, suede, satin, cotton, denim, fleece, - and colors.  I would have liked to have used a chenille scrap also, but couldn't find one and didn't want to cut into an old chenille bedspread just for a tiny football-sized piece.  This is a great little scrap project.  I have another one cut out and ready to go to put away for another future grandbaby.  (I thought I'd better make two as long as I was in the mood.)

Finally!  I project started and finished.  :D  

We're headed out to visit the expectant mama and her handsome husband this weekend.  

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Comment by Pam/NY on August 25, 2013 at 5:55pm

How's the baby-in-progress doing? Are we going to know the gender before hand?

Comment by Sue S. / OR on August 25, 2013 at 9:04am
What a great toy for your new grand baby! Good work, PQ!
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on August 24, 2013 at 6:09pm

Awesome project for the baby, turned out great!! Fantastic idea!! You have many dear lady!!

Comment by Barbara Graham on August 24, 2013 at 9:28am

That's the kind of project you needed to get back your feeling for fabric. Too cute. It looks really complicated to make. Have a fun trip

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on August 23, 2013 at 5:50pm

What a great gift.  Baby will love it!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 23, 2013 at 5:31pm

Oh I love that you did different fabrics and textures on the ball. How wonderful. I know it will be greatly enjoyed. I'm so excited for you joining the grandma club.

Comment by Donna Sykes on August 23, 2013 at 4:55pm

This baby toy is so cute. Will have to keep this in mind the next time I need a baby gift. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

Comment by Pam/NY on August 23, 2013 at 2:29pm

This is a great toy for babies to explore different colors and textures! You go grammy!

Comment by Amy | Columbus, OH on August 23, 2013 at 9:42am

Looks very challenging- PQ.  Turned out very nice with all the colors and textures.  I'll file this one in my memory bank for future use!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 23, 2013 at 8:09am

Here is the pattern I used:


It is a free pattern from Connecting Threads (thank you, CT!).  When you download the Baby Talk Flannel Quilt pattern, the baby clutch ball pattern and templates are included as a bonus.  There are other variations of this little ball on the internet - "baby grab ball" was one of the more common names, "Amish puzzle ball" was also found.  Some of these are just made of little football shapes tacked together at the ends so the middle is open.  Mine is made up of triangle units with the football shape just at the top and the triangle seams are sewn all the way down to the middle.  Guess you could do it either way with this project, too.  

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