My nephew recently turned one! Can’t believe a whole year has gone by already. I really wanted to make him something fun that he was actually big enough to play with. So I dug out this fabulous tutorial fabric beach balls from the Purl Bee. I ultimately chose to not worry about an invisible seam. And though this photo doesn’t show it, I did sew little felt discs to each end to add a little more strength. I tried to use fun fabrics instead of my usual somewhat overly sweet motifs.
The side view shows one of my favorite parts. I used fabric markers to write birthday greetings on the sides, so when they are lined up they spell it out. I also embroidered around the “happy” on the machine to help it stand out and give it a little textural interest. The large ball contains empty plastic diaper wipe dispensers so that when the ball is seriously smooshed it makes a crinkly noise. The middle ball has a plastic Easter egg in the center filled with about a tablespoon of unpopped popcorn kernels. The smallest ball has a jingle bell cat toy in the center. I have it on good authority that the middle ball was a quick favorite.