Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sew a Stuffed Football

I will give Hubby the credit for this project. It was all his idea and I used him as a judge on how authentic it looked. The stuffed football sounded really easy, but it turned out to be a bit of a pain. I spent 4 hours on a Sunday trying to create a pattern that would work and I got so frustrated that I gave up and then had nightmares about it that night. But the next day I was able to perfect my design and come up with the awesome football you see here!

I started out by printing this template below. It can be resized depending on how large you want the football to be.

Trace and cut out three pieces of fabric.

Pin two pieces with right sides together. Sew only ONE side of the oval together. Then add the third piece and sew only one side to the two already attached.

On one of the seams, I measured 8 points where the lacing will go and I marked all the holes with pins.

To make the holes, I used an eyelet stitch on my machine. I added 8 holes on each side of the seam which is 16 eyelets total.
Using a small scissors, I punched a hole in each eyelet.

To make this step much easier, use a shoelace to lace the football. Tie a knot at one end.

Then loosely lace through all the holes and tie a knot at the other end.

Once the lacing is done, the football can be closed. Attach the two ends of fabric with right sides together. Sew it closed and leave a few inches open in the middle so you can turn the fabric right-side out.
Stuff the football and hand sew the opening closed.

Football fun!
Mine is about the actual size of a football so we can actually throw it around!
Linking to all these fun parties!


  1. My sons would LOVE this.

    And I love it that you dream about your craft projects (although not so good that it was a nightmare....).

    I had a bizarre dream/nightmare last night that I was way behind on my blog.....

    Yes, it's bizarre, I know!

    I might tackle this for a Christmas present.....see what I did there? Tackle???


  2. How cute is that? You are so smart! I wonder if my machine has an eyelet stitch. I've never noticed it before. Very cool project, Lisa!!!

  3. You did such a great job, I wouldn't have thought to actually lace it, too.

  4. This is fun! The lacing detail is a fun touch.

  5. What a creative idea! I wish I had the talent to sew.

  6. My three boys would live these done in their fav teams too bad I dont sew. Great idea I love it!

  7. Way cute! I need to make one of these for my favorite teams!

  8. very cute! i'm watching the bears right now.... but i am a cheesehead. go packers :)

  9. lisa this is a really cute idea! thanks so much for linking up at a crafty soiree... hope you join us again on thursday

  10. This is so much fun. I am going to have to make some of these for Christmas and for the kiddos!

  11. So cute, Lisa! I love that you used eyelets... very clever. Nice work!

  12. I bought colt fabric to make some fun stuff for my husband and have some left over, now I know what to do with it yay! Thanks

  13. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! My MIL wants my son to have one of these to match his "new room" that he is getting for christmas and she decided that I needed to make this for her, like I need something else to make/do before christmas but this helps me so much!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Love your blog! This Bears football has just made me your newest follower! GO BEARS! I would score some BIG TIME POINTS if I made something like this for my hubby! :)


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