Well it finally feels like summer! I don’t know how it’s been where you live, but we’ve had a pretty cool spring, and I am ready for warm days and balmy nights. Today I want to share my Beach Ball Pillow Tutorial with you.
I had never sewn with Kona cotton before, and let me tell you – it makes a difference. The practice pillows I made don’t look nearly as nice as the Kona ones – I’ve been converted. I love them. So – if you want a little more pizazz than the traditional nautical color palate – you can choose either of these rainbow palates:
But really, beach balls can be made in any combination of colors – I even made one in different shades of pink!
So now that you’ve chosen your fabrics, you’ll need 1/3 yard of each color.
Here are the other supplies you will need:
- Free Pattern
- Sewing Machine/Thread
- 1 bag of polyfil
In this tutorial, all seams are 1/4″.
Step 1: Print out the free pattern. I suggest printing it onto a sturdy piece of cardstock. Line the straight edge up with the fold on your fabric. Pin the pattern to the fabric securely, and cut around the pattern.
Again, press the seam towards the red piece.
Step 5: Set what you’ve sewn aside and sew the remaining blue, white, and yellow pieces together. Remember to press the seams towards the blue and yellow pieces.
You should now have two halves for your beach ball.
Step 7: Sew around the pinned edges, remembering to leave the opening for stuffing. Clip fabric in each seam allowance right up to the seam (but not through it). This will help your pillow curve gracefully.
Step 9: Close the pillow using a simple blind stitch. Begin by bringing the needle up through the blue fabric.
Then down into the white, behind your first entry, and then back up through the very edge of the blue.
Continue doing this until you have closed the entire opening.
Now, no matter the weather, you have your own little piece of the beach right in your home.
(Ryan made that chair for Charlotte using this plan. I made the fabric part.)
Happy Sewing everyone!