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« on: April 14, 2008 10:01:11 AM »

I need a bit of advice in constructing this ball.  This is a photoshopped image of what it's supposed to look like.  It's a sort of beach ball shape, but it's small, about 5" high.  It has 12 hidden pockets, 2 in each seam of the ball where little toys are placed.  The buttons are attached to the toys (and the toys are attached to the pocket so that they don't actually come out) to help pull the toys out.  It's meant to be a surprise what's getting pulled out, which is why there are pockets and why everything has to be symmetrical. 

I've been using patterns for beach balls, and the patterns works out just fine, but I'm having technical problems with the pockets. The ball doesn't hold its shape because of the openings-- it can't hold the structure, plus the pockets get in the way of each other on the inside of the ball so that they bend and do funny things, making it hard to pull the toys out.  The ball will be made out of velvet in the end. Right now, the pockets are cotton, but I suppose that they need to be a thinner material (maybe nylon)-- maybe that will help with that issue...?

I've thought of putting boning near the seams, but that's complicated.  I don't think interfacing would help.  I've been thinking about making the pockets into tubes that connect to the other side.  Maybe that will give it more structure?

If anyone can think of any possible solutions, I'd appreciate it greatly.  I can't seem to wrap my head around this problem!  Thanks all!

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008 10:48:56 AM »

Don't know if this is what you're looking for but maybe this can help?

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008 12:47:05 PM »

I've seen the Easter egg project with the pocket.  I think that works because it's cotton, but I'm using velvet, which has more a tendency to do what it wants rather than folding nicely.  Thanks for the suggestion!

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008 09:13:51 PM »

What if you close the pockets with Velcro. That would give the pockets more body, like you were suggesting with the boning. Also if you use an iron on interfacing on the back side of the velvet, it should give it more body.

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