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Remember when I won that wonderful oilcloth from Oilcloth Addict? (Psst! She's doing another great giveaway today! Head on over and enter!) Even though my oilcloth is just scraps, I love it so much that I have had a hard time deciding what to actually cut it up and use it for. Most of it is still untouched (except for my looking through it over and over again to admire its beauty), but I did finally make one thing with it the other day. Would you like a preview of one of the big O's Christmas presents this year?
I got the idea for the ball from Jill over at Homemade by Jill. (Click HERE to see her post for great stocking stuffer ideas.) You can find the free pattern for the ball HERE from Tanya at Grand Revival Designs. (Note: I used the smallest size on the pattern.)
The pictures above and below should give you an idea of how big the ball is.
A note about sewing with oilcloth: Oilcloth keeps every hole you put in it, so if your sewing skills aren't quite up to snuff, you may want to do a trial run on something a little more forgiving first. Also, because oilcloth keeps every hole (unlike regular fabric where the threads just kind of move out of the way to make room for a needle or thread) oilcloth can also tear if you're not careful. So if you sew a ball (or anything that needs to be turned right side out after sewing) leave a much larger opening to push the finished product through. Oilcloth doesn't smoosh through small holes quite the same way regular fabrics do. And if you end up making a mistake that requires you to use your seam ripper (like I did when I realized the hole to turn it right side out was too small) be sure to gently pull your stitches out one by one so you don't actually rip the fabric. Luckily I didn't have to learn that the hard way, but I had a couple of pretty close calls.
Learning curve aside, I love how this turned out. I think oilcloth is great for baby stuff because it won't soak up all that drool! And it doesn't have that plastic-y smell like vinil does. Oilcloth--I am in love.
Some future ideas for things to make with my lovely oilcloth winnings: catch-all bibs, an I-spy bag, one of the crayon roll-ups you saw in the link above, but possibly altered to include a flat space for some chalk cloth... obviously I'd put chalk in the little spots instead of crayons. I'll keep you posted. Haha. No pun intended.