I’m gonna show y’all this…and I want you to get all the dirty “hairy polar bear ball” jokes out of the way…(and then email them to me because I love a good off-color joke.)
Ok, ya still with me? Good. Today I’m sharing a really fun project for Living With Punks Home Sewn Series. It all started with this chair:
I posted a photo on Instagram of my sewing space before it’s makeover (see the photo HERE), and surprisingly I got A LOT of questions and comments about my exercise ball office chair. And while I love it and it’s so comfortable, the red doesn’t quite fit in with my vision for the room. I thought about spray-painting it, but then Susan asked me to be a part of her Home Sewn Series and I knew what I had to do: a home sewn makeover.
My chair usually lives with my sewing desk, but I thought it would be fun to put Ellie on it to demonstrate just how awesome it is.
You could say she’s a fan. I may never get to sew again.
Want to cover your exercise ball? Here’s how!
- 1. You need a pattern. You’ll need to enlarge it to fit your ball. This is the part where I have to tell you that we need to do a little math. Measure around your ball and see what the circumference is. Mine is 72″. This number divided by 2 is the going to be the length of your pattern piece. This number divided by 6 is going to be the width. Make sure you add a 1/2″ seam allowance to your pattern piece.
- Cut 6 pieces. I recommend making a muslin first to make sure your cover will work. I, of course, didn’t. But you should. If you are using fur fabric make sure the nap is going the same direction for each piece.
- Use a jeans needle if sewing with fur. Sew your pieces together, making sure the nap is going the correct way each time. Do not sew the last piece to the first piece, you need to sew a zipper there!
- Before the zipper, try your cover on your ball inside out and make sure it fits. You may need to take it in a little here and there, so pin it where it needs taking in and then sew where the pins are.
- Sew on the zipper. You want the teeth to be facing away from the edge on the right side of the fabric, just like when you’re sewing an invisible zipper. Unlike sewing an invisible zipper, you don’t want to sew too close to the teeth (if you are using fur, that is.) We don’t want to catch the fur in the teeth when zipping it up! Make sure the top and bottom (where the points meet up) are completely sewed closed.
I think it would be so fun to have several covered exercise balls with different fabrics in a kid’s room. That could get dangerous though, I suppose.
Maybe I’ll just keep it locked in my sewing room 😉
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