Froggy ball

From a bunch of froggy pieces…

…to a completed froggy ball!

Pattern: puzzle ball from Joelle Hoverson’s Last-minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts

Fabric: a sweet cotton surprise from an eBay auction!

Finished dimensions: based on the ball’s circumference – 13.25″ – the diameter is approximately 4.25″, and I’m an enormous dork.

The pattern is really quite simple. It’s in the “4-8 hour gifts” section, and I think that’s just about right! I had to wait for all my joann.com stuffs, and that’s the only reason one week passed between the project’s introduction and the FO.

It was through joann.com that I purchased both my pearl cotton and the poly stuffing. What can I say? I was too lazy to get off my ass and walk two blocks to Pearl, where I’m certain both of these products are carried.

Plus I really wanted to try EQ Printables (seems way more sophisticated than making labels using iron-on transfers!) and the Clover Hera Marker. Because clearly I am a slave to the purl bee: I will get each and every little thing they recommend.

But I did go against the book’s recommendation with the poly stuffing. Of course this was only after consulting with Maritza, softie-maker extraordinaire and birth-mom to Chuckie. She recommended poly for a more squeeeeeezable toy!

I wish you could hold this little project in your hands! There’s something so satisfying in its construction and geometry. No matter how the puzzle ball plops down, it doesn’t roll because every side has a facet. And there are all these little grooves, perfect for grasping by little hands… or paws ;)

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  1. AJ

    That is so cute!!

    My mom’s mom made me one of those when I was a kid back in the 80′s. The patterned bits were white with pink hearts (from an old shirt she cut up) and the solid bits were dark purple. I loved that ball…

  2. mari

    Speaking of enabling, I bought the book from Purl after seeing your start last week and I’m planning on making that ball along with just about everything else out of that book! Did you do that all by hand or put it on the machine.

  3. Stephanie

    Adorable. And you are not a dork – you’re just very smart. =) I guess I’m going to have to order that book. I’ve held off for some unknown reason and your project makes me really want one.

  4. Becky

    What a great little project–and it turned out looking so sweet. I can just imagine the fun my little one would have with a ball like that. I think that warrants me buying the book. :)

  5. Dove

    Actually, I don’t think Pearl carries stuffing. At least, my Pearl doesn’t. Good thing you ordered it.

    It’s so cute!

  6. Miriam

    When I was a kid, my sister the math genius and seamstress extraordinaire, made a puzzle ball. She sewed little bells in all the crevices between facets so that it jingled when you played with it.

  7. Dani

    I just had to have the book! It just arrived on my doorstep from Amazon and I am GOING to learn how to sew :) Your sewing skills are just as neat as your knitting!

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