The “Bad Call Ball” – A Soft, Easy-to-Make Indoor Ball

The “Bad Call Ball” – A Soft, Easy-to-Make Indoor Ball

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of content. Whoa, whoa. What’s this? Oh, a Bad Call Ball. Hey that would make a great
tutorial. Let’s get started. All of us have a sports fan in our lives. And every sports
fan has their very favorite team. And unfortunately on behalf of all those wonderful referees
out there, they don’t always make the best calls. So we have to have a way to retaliate.
That’s right. A bad call ball is the perfect soft squishable object for that sports fan
to toss at the television when the refs get the call wrong. I’m going to talk you through
making these tutorials today. It’s super, super fun. And check this out, we’re using
our standard orange peel wedge template. You’ll need four of them for a football and six for
a rounded ball. And if you don’t have one of these templates, you can bounce below to
the description where we have free printables and links to all of these supplies over at
MSQC. On your printable today we have the template just as you see. If you like there.
Use cardstock to print this out. We also have this is your laces for your football. If you’re
not a sports fan at all these are only for footballs. We’ll just leave it at that.
And then several different letters that you can cut out and put on with a little bit of
our liquid fabric fuse glue right here. I’m glueing these and not stitching these on for
us. But I bet that’s more info than you already needed. Let’s get right down to
construction, right? Easiest thing to do is pick two fabrics that
look just like your favorite team’s colors, right? And I’m going to purposely use the
template here because I’m just going to cut this with a rotary cutter real quick.
Cutting two layers at once is no problem. I’m just going to slide my template so that
I’m maximizing my felt here. And I’m coming around the corner this way. And I’m going
to finish this cut to keep myself safe. I need to push just a little bit harder with
my rotary cutter. There we go. And the same. Just spin that if you’re not super ambidextrous
or if you’re using one of those cool lazy Susans. Ok, so there that comes around this
way. And the last little trim off of the corner. So like I said you’ll need four of your
orange peel shapes for the football. And you’re going to need six for a round ball. Today
we’re doing the football for you, ok? Construction wise, I’m just going to take
and join opposite colors one seam at a time. If you were using anything that had a print
this would be right sides together because we will turn these right out so we can go
ahead and stuff them. And I’m starting out at the tippy top corner and I’m going to
stitch all the way around the end and then join the next two parts. I’ll show you the
end here in a second. So all the way the first corner. Now I’m just going to go ahead and
grab and remember it’s right sides together. So I’m going to fit this in here. Back up
at the corner. And then joining on the last piece I’m going to first stitch it all the
way around and then we’ll leave the opening we need. So back up to the top corner we go.
Make sure all my fabric is all nice and tidy in there. And for the last seam I’m pulling
all of the meat out of way and we’re going to stitch from here to the corner. From here
to the corner leaving an opening for right side turning. Ok, let me bring my needle up
to get in the middle of that project. If you want to backstitch this it’s a real good
idea when you’re starting because we’re going to put a little bit of wear and tear
on that opening. So backstitching. And then one last trick because I’m going to stuff
this right now I’m putting all four corners together pinching it down. And I’m going
to do a really tight little stitch right across the top of there just to make sure all of
my points come together. And you could backstitch right over that one if you wanted there. Ok
and we’re going to do the same to my opening right down here again. So right around there.
Backstitch for security. Pinch it. Make sure you’ve got the tip secured. Back. If you’ve
got a thread cutter, use that. And at this moment, let’s take our scissors and slow
down a little bit. We have plenty of time still left on the scoreboard. And I’m just
going to go ahead and trim those off. Like that and like this. Ok we’ll move those
somewhere nice for later. And now we’re going to go ahead and get inside. There it
is. I did such a nice job sewing it I didn’t see. So for this trick I’ve got my fingers
in the opening just like this. And I’m going to start to take my thumb. This is a small
turn. It’s nice and easy to do. And use my thumbs to push the meat back out like this. And now it’s time to start thinking of your
letters. And as I showed you on our printables we’ve got all kinds of different fonts to
do. And I literally take that printable, you’ll have to print multiples if you’re doing
multiple bad call balls. Because you’re just going to cut right through the paper.
And then we’re going to make our letters or our laces and we’re going to glue them
on at this point. And the reason we’re glueing them on at this point is I’m using a glue
that’s going to really hold nicely on the felt but I want to let it sit overnight to
dry completely before I really start stuffing and prying away at it. So I’d have this
like this. And you can see using the fabric fuse here I’ve already started to glue on
the word BAD. And, oop I wanted to show you how to cut these
out first didn’t I? I’ve got my laces ready to cut. So you can see right off of
our printable, there’s those laces. And I just put a pin through there to hold. I’m
not going to cut through the pin I promise. I’m using some of my favorite little scissors.
And then just through the paper we’re going to cut. And for a lot of these I just do the
outside edges first. And then I’ll go back in and trim out those little parts for the
laces. This is what helps you throw the football if you’re not a sports fan. Ok? So from
this point on I’m just going to come in here and snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip.
And you may want to work all the way through this. I’ve cut enough of these in the last
few days that at this point on I’m just going to get the mess out of the way. Come
down to where those snips were and cut. It’s every other one. Cut, and the last one. Oop.
Cut just like that. And when those are all done it looks just like I need to tidy up
a little bit better but that’s ok. You’ll do the same to the other side to create the
laces just like you see right there on the back of your football, the four wedge piece.
Now we can talk about glueing these bad boys on or these bad call letters on. As I said, I’ve already glued the those.
Here is the key, while you’re glueing them, let’s make sure our letters are legible,
right? And here’s my trick. I kind of get a little bit of moisture on my finger so that
I can then usually stick them and pick them up. Now again felt to felt. I want a good
bead of glue on there. And then what I’m doing with my other hand is my hand is come
inside of the ball and I’m actually allowing myself to put some pressure between the two
hands there. Hopefully that makes some good sense. So picking it up to make sure I’m
on the back of the letter. Glueing it nice. This glue dries nice and clear. So if you
have a little bit of extra showing out right now it won’t be a big deal at all. Oop,
unless you stick the letters to your fingers of course. And by the way, my children as
most of you probably like to know, love to play soccer. And we were at a game this last
few days. And I really wish I had one of these with me. However, these are best used in the
privacy of your own home. Do not carry these with you to a sporting event or they may have
to ask you to leave. Plus you won’t even get your bad call ball back if you toss it
onto the field, if you know what I’m saying. So you’re all glued on just like that, right? Now let’s talk a little bit more about the
stuffing process. So I’ve got a bunch of my loose polyfil stuff here. And it will take
about a handful. Wow that’s way too much. Probably about like that, we’ll see. I like
to take my stuffing and kind of loosen it up and break it apart. Ok, that keeps it from
looking really lumpy inside later on. Now let’s say we had all of our letters, they
were glued yesterday, dry today. Now let’s go ahead and pinch this, pull it out. And
then I’m just going to take some of this in little chunks and pieces and I’m going
to stuff it in using my thumb. And pushing it towards the corners. A little bit here,
pushing it into the corner. And then once you have it all full while I’m getting it
the way I like, you could be thinking about we’re going to handstitch this closed. Now
when working on this project, it’s a small opening and I found kind of a cool trick.
You probably all already know this but I think I found something clever. I want to show you
here in a second. So the key to the stuffing is enough that it looks good. Plenty that
you have a good grip. You can really toss it and it’s going to fly well. However if
you have decorative pieces around the television, you want to make sure it’s a little soft
because you don’t want anybody taking off your nice decorations off the mantle or something
like that as they’re hitting it. I know, bad joke, sorry. We’re moving on. Now we
need to finish this. And we’re going to do it by hand. And one of the things I’ve
already prepped out over here on my daughter’s favorite team. I won’t say it here in case
it’s not your favorite team. Is I have learned that once I start my hand stitching I actually
am not going to worry about each stitch. We’re going to just make a series of loops that
go back and forth and we’re going to be able to cinch this closed. So you can see
I’ve started but let me tell you what I’ve really done here. Now, right now I’ve just
come back out of the green so this is heading into the blue. As it comes into the blue I’m
reaching around and I’m pinching and I’m going into the blue and back out of the blue.
And I’m leaving that nice and loose. I’m coming into the green first, oop, let me get
my fingers organized thank you. Into the green, out of the green. Ok, into the blue back out
of the blue. And it’s kind of little rocking of the needle. Make sure your threads don’t
get twisted as you’re going. As you’re going here. So I’m going to go ahead and
do in, out. And a polyester thread will give you the strength to be able to pull on this
nice and taut if you need. I’m going to do this quickly to finish off so you can see
here. And then I’m going to bring this back out on the blue real quick. And now as I have
this, I can start to cinch it closed. And it’s going to go ahead and tighten up for
me. And I’m kind of doing, did you see that, it’s kind of a wiggling motion. And I’m
making sure I’m not pulling on it too hard. I don’t want to make it look like the rest
of the stitches. But once that’s done there we can come back in. Now I’m going into
the actual seam itself. And I used a white thread so you can see what I’m doing. Of
course you’d want to use something that matches a little bit better. First I’m going
to make one loop to pull it in taut like that. And then I’m coming back out. This time
I’m making a few twists with my finger, handing myself the needle. Pulling it down.
And then I’ll pull that nice and taut to make it snug. When it’s all done we just
cut our stitches off like yay. And we have a finished throwing device that will keep
you and your sports fan a little calmer in the seat of their easy chair in the privacy
of your own home. Boy am I glad I was able to come up with something today. I was so
afraid they were going to cancel the show. Don’t worry next week we’ve got something
fantastic coming here at Man Sewing.

67 Replies to “The “Bad Call Ball” – A Soft, Easy-to-Make Indoor Ball”

  1. I am a soccer commissioner for ayso. I might bring my own to the soccer games 🙂 also new gifts for the football fans and maybe a soccer ball too. ?

  2. I could have used this for the recent Bengals vs Steelers game… there were so many bad calls in that game, it was disgusting.

  3. Great Idea! We're Warriors fans and this will come in handy. I'm thinking about gluing the opening, what do you think? Love your videos Rob.

  4. This is my favourite tutorial because it's something I can make with my scraps and donate them to children's causes

  5. This looks like a fun fairly quick project. Surprised to see the letters were glued and not stitched. Never have used glue. Do you think gluing and then a blanket kind of stitch might work pretty well or is it overkill?

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  7. This has become a favorite of mine. It is playful and I can throw the ball at my tv if the team I am not rooting for does something good or my team does something not so good.

  8. This is the best idea as my grandkids and their friends get together every weekend and watch different games, this helps to cut down the yelling at the TV!  they just throw the balls at the make shift football goal or basketball hoop on top of the TV to show whose the best

  9. Cute idea. My husband could throw this at his fishing shows when they don't do what he thinks they should. I "get" to hear his fuss at them quite often.

  10. Living in AZ, that little bad call ball was flying around the room last night, along with another one labeled "bad play"

  11. Love this!! Going to make a few and invite myself to a superbowl party! Thinking I'll make them black and white, will work for any fan. Lucky host who takes me up on my invitation, ha, ha!!

  12. I wonder if I would get in trouble if I threw one of these round balls at the refs at my daughter's basketball games? 🙂 Love all your tutorials! Keep 'em coming!

  13. I made something similar in the early 80's. I didn't know about anything like fiberfill and I stuffed them with plastic bags! Love your tutorials! Keep up the great working!

  14. I love this You Tube channel! It has given me so much help in deciding what to make for my grandson! He loves sports! Thanks Rob.

  15. I just loved this bad call ball.  What a great idea!  My father would have loved this if he was still alive.

  16. Love This!!!! Printed out the template,,, making this for my new grandson John John his arrival is May 12, I'm so excited.. Thanks Rob you're a Blessings 🙂

  17. Thia is my favorite tutorial. I have 6 Grandsons that I need to throw something at when they are playing videos when I visit.

  18. Thanks for a fun tutorial! My son is very into football all of a sudden and loves watching games on tv. I made him one using his favorite team fabrics…but I'll keep that info to myself…lol! He loves it! Thanks again!!

  19. what a great ,fast little project for beginner sewers! fast enough for them to see the finished product a "take n' make n' take" project

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