I love the idea of this project, but didn't totally love the final result. I did learn a lot however, so I figure I can share my new knowledge with you
- Keep it simple, choose 2 fabrics. I recommend one solid fabric and one patterned fabric. You will need 24 solid piece and 12 patterned pieces. When you are sewing each piece together, use one patterned and two solids.
- Smaller is better!
It's a fun size, just not as baby-appropriate as I thought it would be. I think it will be fun to roll around with a toddler though.
- Buy a lot of stuffing.
- Plan ahead and pick up some upholstry thread that matches your fabric.
I popped a few round cat toys with bells inside my pieces. Putting the whole toy in there (rather than just the bell) means it will actually still make noise. The stuffing would dampen the noise of a bell if it is popped in there by itself. I will have to find a better alternative if I make a smaller puzzle ball though. You might be able to hide a cat toy in the middle of the puzzle ball but it wouldn't be enclosed in anything, you would have to sew it in.
- Sew each piece on the machine so the spot to stuff the piece is hidden in the inside. I'm not good at invisibly handsewing and if you make sure the spot is hidden, you don't have to be!
I worked from the free pattern available at the Daily Skein. Patterns are available elsewhere as well, just look for an Amish Puzzle Ball.