The New Ugly Ball! This took about 3/4 of a yard of fabric. It's best to buy a yard and have extra in case you mess up cutting a piece or two.

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  • Maria 4y

    THis is fabulous!!! I can't wait to make one! So much more economical than buying one! Can you tell me what you used for weights?
  • imnotonadiet 4y

    This is so fantastic, can't wait to try and make my own! Such a pretty color :)
  • primeraliga_cp 4y

    This is awesome! Looks like the real thing! How much does it weigh though? Ya, it is a pretty color too.:)
  • Chris Vancil 4y

    I used 4 plate weights. Two 5 pound (cast iron) and two 2.5 pound (plastic covered concrete) and bound them with some PVC plastic pipe cemented with a coupling cut in half on the ends. Could have used some string or a bolt and nut with some large washers to hold them together. But any weight would work as long as its not much bigger than 8 or 9 inches in diameter or so. The total weight was 15 pounds, but I also made up a bag of rocks from my yard that weighted about 8 pounds. Could have made a bag of sand or used a small medicine ball or something like that as well. Check out New-Ugly 16 and 17 for pictures and more details.
  • Olga Patricia De la Rosa 4y

    Useful tool , perfect color =)
  • jesuisunque 4y

    I don't get the tutorial :( can someone help me plz? How do I get this pink thing?
  • Chris Vancil 4y

    Hi jesuisunque,

    I'm sorry to be confusing.
    You make one out of Vinyl or some fabric and stuff it with pillows or foam or something soft with a weight in the middle.

    Another way to view the making on the cover is...try looking at the two drawings (pattern001 and New-Ugly-01). Then print two copies of the pattern and flip one copy and trace out the outline and the dashed line from the other side. You can do this against a window during daylight easily. Also label the mirror image "C" as "D" and you will have a complete obvious pattern.
  • Linda Janes 4y

    I just have to say that I just finished making my very own Ugly Ball.....and....ta-da! turned out perfect!!!!!! Thanks so much for the pattern and the tutorial! I can't wait to use it tomorrow! I will take a pic of mine tomorrow and post it....mine is from scraps of grey vinyl....I absolutely love it!
  • Linda Janes 4y

    Here's the link for my new Ugly turned out just perfect!!! Thanks again!!!
  • RachuTg 3y

    I dont get the tutorial even though I love love love your work, how many pieces are we gonna cut n sew them all ?
  • Chris Vancil 3y

    RachuTg There are 12 pieces cut all identical. You sew the A side to the A side on all but two which get a zipper sewn between them. You then sew four of these new pieces together. What is important here is the C/D and D/C sides get sewn to the B sides and you then cap the ends with the zippered pieces and the fifth sewn together piece. Look at the drawing and images of the finished unit. All this is done on the inside and you do the zipper piece last with the zipper opened at least part way. The final act is to invert the cover so the outside is out. (actually I do the fifth sewn togehter piece last as it makes it easier to do the zipper side then unzip the zipper and than sew the last piece on and invert it all thru the open zipper. I was hard opening the zipper while it was inside out and the tab was on the inside!)
  • danicalifornia79 3y

    I just got done making the ball yesterday following your pattern. I uploaded some pics on here so maybe seeing it other people can see how it is sewn together. I had to use my camera phone and I'll upload a final pic of the finished and stuffed ball later. It turned out really well. It was a little tricky so hopefully these pics can be of assistance. danicalifornia79
  • chantee1091 3y

    You said the 12 pieces were cut identical, can you give us the dimensions you used?
  • Chris Vancil 3y

    Not exactly sure what you are asking. The pattern prints out on two pieces of 8.5 by 11 paper and should be about 15 inches in total length when you glue the two pieces together and about half that wide. You are sewing two together so the D/C C/D seams should be about the same as the B seams. They may not be because of errors in printing or sewing, but you can adjust things to make it work as many people have already done successfully using this pattern. I've made a few myself with no problem. I keep changing the pattern to improve it so I don't have the first one anymore to actually measure it. I will add the latest version to the stream soon as I have a few minutes to either scan it or shoot it.
  • jinxy342 3y

    Hey Ugly Ball fans! I made my first ever "tiffany blue" Ugly Ball...for less than $10.00!
    I even managed to up-cycle some materials into the project -- does that make it "eco-friendly? (ha ha).
    Anyway, thanks to SpaceGuy19 and danicalifornia19 for the patterns, pictures, layouts and tips -- I'm super excited to have my Ugly Ball -- and I now know why they are so expensive! they are time consuming! (but totally worth it).
  • mamamalin620 3y

    I made mine! It's awesome. I used a convoluted mattress foam topper that was on sale for $5 and it has patterns in the foam...i cut them up into squares and lined all the sides first, then the batting, then the weights (also wrapped in convoluted foam and taped with shipping tape into a spherical shape), and then more batting....also, I was thinking of stuffing some rubber mulch into it to see if it will give it some bounce. Have you tried using it before?
  • Chris Vancil 3y

    I've never used rubber mulch in a ball. Used foam topper pretty much as you did. If you use the mulch let me know how it holds up to this use.
  • FenrisFenrir 3y

    I made mine! Thanks for the pattern. I used an old bean bag chair (it had all the materials I need) that I got from a moving sale, so the entire project only costed $5 (plus 10 hrs of work). I still have enough material for maybe a mini ugly ball... maybe in the future.
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