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Pandemic Puzzle Ball

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    • 15 page PDF tutorial with instructions in both metric and imperial.
    • Complete templates and 24 photos to illustrate the process.
    • Due to the nature of digital products, all PDF pattern sales are final.

    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    This project was inspired by numerous YouTube videos of something called a Montessori Ball or an Amish Ball. I don’t actually know where it originated — suffice to say it’s not my creation — but once I saw it, I knew I had to create my own version. Given that this occurred in March of 2020, this was one of my pandemic projects, hence its name.

    Most iterations of this project feature the ball entirely sewn up. I saw a few that showed how to make it out of three interconnected “rings” so that you can take it apart like a puzzle. That’s the one that I give instructions for in this PDF.

    Then it occurred to me that — as an homage to the Rubik’s Cube of my youth — I could make a version that “solves” into the same fabric or colour at each triangular intersection.

    Instructions (and a worksheet) on how to allocate fabric to achieve this unique design are also provided.

    This is a seriously fun project — once you start making them, you won't be able to stop!

    A FREE version of this tutorial is available on my blog here: https://esheepdesigns.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-more-puzzling-pandemic-puzzle-ball.html

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Coordinating fabrics (at least two; five needed for "solvable" version of the ball)
    • Matching thread and embroidery floss
    • Polyfil or equivalent