Why Make a Cover for Your Birth Ball?

This DIY Birth Ball Cover has a handle, making it easy to carry your birth ball into and out of the hospital with fewer trips. They make cleanup a breeze; just toss it in the wash! The handle makes it easy to grab and gives you something to hold on to or fidget with when leaning over your ball during labor. They are also softer than just using your ball with the pads at the hospital.

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What You’ll Need

  • 1 yard of 4-way stretch knit fabric (minimum width of fabric 54″)
  • Scissors and/or a rotary cutter
  • ball point pins, sewing or binding clips (I love with these*), or a combination of both which is what I use
  • serger and/or sewing machine
  • 1/2″ or 5/8″ Elastic, bungee cord, or a long piece scrap knit fabric (your ball’s widest measurement is a good gauge) to close
  • Thread

General Instructions

  • 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise indicated
  • The pics you will see under the birth ball cover instructions are from my peanut ball cover assembly. I didn’t think of doing this post until I had finished my birth ball cover. Next time I make one, I will come back and change out the pictures. Anyway, because of that, follow the written instructions for measurements, not the measurements in the photo.

The Cover

        • Cut 1 yard of 4-way stretch fabric. The fabric I used is a specialty fabric, so the width of fabric (wof) was 60″. I think 54″ would work fine though as long as it is a 4-way stretch.
        • Bring one of the shorter ends up to meet the other shorter end, folding the fabric in half with right sides facing as you see in the image below.
        • With right sides facing, clip or pin the sides labeled “Sew here.” in the picture below. These sides will measure 30″ when folded.
        • Serge the sides you just clipped or pinned. If you are sewing instead, use a zigzag stitch or another stretch stitch and use about a 1/4″ seam allowance.
        • At this point, your cover should resemble an inside-out, square(ish) and short pillowcase with one end open.

The Casing and Closure

  • I took the open end and folded the edges down (toward the wrong side) about an inch and used my clips to pin. I used scrap fabric as my tie. If you are using elastic or a bungee cord to close, do about 1/4″ more than whatever size elastic or cord you are using. I’ve used 5/8″ and 1/2″ elastic successfully in the past. I’ve never tried the bungee cord option.
  • Use a zigzag stitch or another stretch stitch to create the casing. Don’t forget to leave about 1.5″ open so you can thread your tie, elastic, or bugee cord through.

Tie Closure:

  • Take your long, piece of scrap fabric ( mine was 60″x6″) and fold it in half, right sides facing, so that it measures something like 60″x3″. I pinned the open 60″ side and serged. You could also sew with a zigzag or similar stretch stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Use a safety pin at one end to turn the long tube right side out. I left the ends unfinished because I knew knit would not unravel or fray. Feel free to finish yours if you prefer that look.
  • Next, fold your tie in half and use a safety pin to thread it through the casing you’ve made.
  • Once the scrap fabric has been threaded all the way through, cut two small slits, on the wrong side of the casing only, where your tie or cord will be pulled through. Pull each end through.
  • Finish the casing by using a zigzag stitch to cover the area you had left open for threading your tie or cord through. I like to make sure I go over about a half an inch on each side, just to reinforce the stitching.

Elastic Closure:

  • Measure the widest circumference of your ball. Divide that by 3 and add half an inch. That is how many inches you will cut your elastic. This allows for an overlap of 0.5″ when you are sewing.
  • Use a safety pin to thread your elastic through the casing you’ve made.
  • Once elastic has been threaded all the way through, overlap the ends 0.5″ and sew a zigzag stitch across the overlapping pieces.
  • Finish the casing by using a zigzag stitch to cover the area you had left open for threading your tie or cord through. I like to make sure I go over about a half an inch on each side, just to reinforce the stitching.

Bungee Cord Closure:

  • Once the scrap fabric or bungee cord has been threaded all the way through, cut two small slits, on the wrong side of the casing only, where your tie or cord will be pulled through. Pull each end through.
  • Finish the casing by using a zigzag stitch to cover the area you had left open for threading your tie or cord through. I like to make sure I go over about a half an inch on each side, just to reinforce the stitching.

The Handle

        • Now, take your cover and turn your attention to the other end because we are ready to make the handle. Take each corner and lay it flat so that it looks like a triangle (see pic below).
        • Lay one triangular end over the other and pin. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch these two ends together. I used a straight stitch and made a square or diamond. You could use a zigazag stitch or other stretch stitch here too. I will probably go back and reinforce mine with a cross or an x in the middle of the square or diamond. My tension was off, so I decided to wait until after I had posted to do it this time. I will try to come back and update pics when I get a chance to fix it.

 Viola! You are finished! Put your cover on with the bottom of your ball (the end with the plug) going in last and try it on!