Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Floor Pouf--Anmial Ball From Max and Meena

Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop! 

  Sew Much Charm kicked off the Spring Fling with the  Spring Fling Giveaway!  A huge congratulations to the winners: Lorna P. of England & Patti V. of Texas!  Each prize package had a retail value of $191!

Let's keep the fun rolling this week with more sewing and more fun.  Sew Much Charm is now also hosting the Spring Fling Blog Hop and I'm going to introduce to you our Bloggers for the Blog Hop!

Be sure to check each day by 6AM (Central Standard Time)!  Each day there will be a blogger (or more) doing a giveaway!  So be sure to check each blog post & just comment on their blog post from this blog hop and you are entered to win! You will have until Friday at midnight (Central Standard Time) to comment away on each blog post for a chance to win! 

Monday - Sew Much Charm & Vlogger Sewing From Scratch
TPtheModestDoll22 & That's Sew Venice
Wednesday SewGr8ful & Sequoia Lynn Sews
Thursday Let's Go Hobby! & The Sarcastic Sewist
The Bear & the Pea Atelier & Wildflowers & Whimsey    

YaY it's Tuesday, that means it's my day, welcome everyone, I hope you enjoyed yesterdays posts.  My item is not super springy per say, but it was a fun project to work with my daughter on while we're all home.  Let me now present the Stuffed Animal Ball, by Max & Meena.   Make sure to comment below for a chance to win your own free copy!!!

My daughter has been wanting one of these for a while now.  Why is it called the animal ball?   That's because you use it to store your stuffed animals.  The side zipper makes it easy to get them in and out and keeps them nice and tidy while providing a comfortable place to sit.

I bought the pattern Animal Ball, floor pouf from Max & Meena, and have been waiting to have enough time.  Well, guess what???? I have the time.  I didn't get a chance to go buy any fabric specifically for this, and she does recommend a heavier weight then I had on hand.  So because of this, I made a few additions to my project to help reinforce it.

I hope it'll hold up to the 'love' I know this is going to be getting.  And Gizmo heard 'animal ball' and is trying to convince her it's his!  She was smart and put it in her room. 

This is a very simple pattern to put together.  Just make sure to prep your fabric first and get everything cut out.  We chose this super soft flannel and a pink zipper.

Like I said this pattern goes together easily.  If you are a bit hesitant about the curves you can easily put a few notches on the pattern yourself, and transfer to each piece to make it faster to line up, or just a mark at the fold, so you know where the center is.

When attaching the zipper I found the center of all three pieces, and then made sure it all lined up.

 Then just sew the sides up, and follow the instructions.  I chose to use a 1/2" seam allowance instead of the 1/4", because I know how badly this fabric frays and I wanted to give it a bit more stability in my seams.  I also serged the seams as well, to combat the fraying.

I pulled the fabric taut and topstitched down each side of the zipper so we shouldn't have to worry about any fabric getting caught in the zipper later.  Kids can be pretty rough on zippers.

Another tip I have is if you're using directional fabric put a clip a the top of each piece after you cut it, so that when you're attaching the sides you don't forget and sew one upside down (don't ask).

To further reinforce these seams that will have a lot of force on them I decided to top stitch each seam down, make sure to do this before you attach your final sections together to make it easier.  As I said it's totally optional, but I'd rather reinforce it now then have to go in and make repairs later.  I ended up doing two rows of top stitching on each seam, and around the top and bottom center sections. 

It was nice to share my sewing with my daughter and had her sew up a few of the seams as well, she's still terrified of the serger though. She enjoyed the ironing and thought it was satisfying to see it smooth out.  Home Ec at it's finest.

Now about the size.  This is pretty big!!! hahahaa  I am so glad used the small size.  I can't even imagine how big the other sizes are, definitely would work for an adult.  I didn't see any actual finished measurements online, but noticed in the group how big most of them were.  So I have stuffed it and we've sat in it, and I'll give you the basics on the size small.    If you want it even smaller you can increase the seam allowance, or print the pattern off at say 90% or something. 

It's a perfect size for your average pug or 10 year old though :D

Leave a note in the comments with more ideas of what you could store in your Stuffed Animal Ball, or what you'd use it for, and you'll be entered to win your own copy!!!!!


Other things you could fill it with to use for storage ideas:

Winter clothing, snow pants, jackets, mitts
Summer beach towels
Extra linens
Holiday linens 
Fabric scraps
Baby clothes you just can't part with.

                             And the winner is Julie BEE!!! 


  1. I just love this! My 3 year old would love this and omg, it could save my sanity with all of the stuffed animals in this house! This is truly a "winner, winner, chicken dinner" pattern in my opinion. I'm off now to see the pattern!

    1. I'm so glad you liked it. It went together really quickly, even faster if you don't bother top-sitting everything. The kids loves it, and it's better then tripping over stuffies!!!

  2. Such a great idea! I would use it to store my seasonal towels, mug rugs, and table runners. I change them with the seasons of holidays and the take up a lot of room. This would be a great way to have them all together and still be a cute addition to the family room.

    1. Oh I like that idea. Find some fabric that compliments your living room, and it'll be a fun place to sit for sure. We pull our poufs up to the coffee table for puzzles, games, and a snack sometimes it's nice to have a bit of extra seating. Also pets love it, if you have one :D

  3. This looks like a fabulous project! I’ll have to see if my mom can make it.

    1. It's not too tricky. Be sure to let me know if she does.

  4. This looks like the perfect size to store and carry blankets and pillows to my yoga classes. I have limited storage where I teach. I would consider adding a carrying strap across the top. Love this!

    1. Ohhhh that's a great idea!!!! Yes strap would be easy to add. This does have a small one on the bottom. But you might want something bigger. I also recommend a large zipper if you want to stick pillows inside, or are taking things in and out a lot.

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  6. Super cute and perfectly sized for your average pug or ten year old! :)

    1. Although he is far from average!!! Hahaha my lovely 14 year old grumpy old man! Hahahs

  7. Aargh! My post got deleted when I followed Google's link. I wanted to tell you that I think the seam reinforcement is a very good idea, and one I probably would not have thought of myself. I don't have young kids anymore, but I could make these as gifts for those that do. Thank you!

    1. Your welcome. The doll size is super cute too.

  8. This is such a good idea! I really need to try to make this one for my youngest for all her stuffed animals, who are conquering her room ;)

    1. I'm quite pleased with how it's working! It's kept them from migrating down to the living room as well!!!!

  9. And the Winner is JULIE BEE!!!!

    Contact me with your email to win your copy.

  10. And the Winner is JULIE BEE!!!! Watch the draw here. https://www.facebook.com/ThatsSewVenice/videos/214356872985023/

    1. Wow! Thank you! I'm now just trying to figure out what to click on to message you privately. :)

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