For a Shower

This is quite possibly the best and quickest thing to make for a baby shower. It’s good for girls or boys and all babies love blocks and balls, most moms do too. To make the balls I used the the purl bee‘s pattern for fabric beach balls — there are three sizes, mine are medium. I decided, like Erin, to omit the circle on the end because I went to the trouble of lining up the points. Also, I think the circle is mostly there to complete the beach ball look which wasn’t what I was going for anyway.

Blocks and Balls

The blocks are made from six 5-inch squares sewn together to make a cube. Each side is a different fabric. I then used two pieces of foam stacked on top of each other to fill the block. I was afraid one piece of thicker foam would be too hard to squish into the block but now I think it might have worked. Last thing was a bag made from the chenille — babies love that stuff. I sewed a contrasting fabric at the top but instead of a drawstring — not really safe for babies — I used a length of elastic small enough to gather the top so the blocks and balls don’t fall out. It can still be easily stretched to load up the bag. The last thing I added was a small loop of orange twill tape so the bag can be hung up or easily carried by a tiny hand.

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12 Responses to “For a Shower”


  1. 1 Bonnie March 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    What a fabulous baby shower gift! Something that any baby would absolutely love. And I love the carry bag with elastic – what a great idea!

  2. 2 Marie March 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Oh, My! I love these. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift and what a gorgeous picture! My sister-in-law had a shower for us on Sunday…for our adoption…and we got some wonderful things including two soft balls stuffed with jingle bells in the center. Sadly nothing home-made. But I will be whipping up some of these to add to the babies toy basket and will keep them in mind for the next shower that comes along.
    The care and attention to detail are obvious and your color and texture choices are great! My inspiration for the day.

  3. 5 amandajean March 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    oh-so-cute!!! what a great gift idea!

  4. 6 jessica March 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love them…if only I had this idea in my head a couple of weeks ago!

  5. 7 Butzeballchen March 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    That is a great gift! I found that anything cotton and washable was great for my little drooler.

  6. 8 sally March 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    What a beautiful baby shower gift. It is going to be so well loved!!

  7. 9 socksformum March 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    How cute!

  8. 10 sheree March 5, 2009 at 11:44 am

    You always make the nicest gifts! This is adorable!

  9. 11 anina March 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I love them! Your fabric choices are great!


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