Make: DIY Beach Ball Plushes (with a free PDF pattern)

In honor of this year’s July Sew a Softie Challenge, we’ve made a bouncy set of simple beach ball softies! The shapes are easy to cut out, color combinations are endless, and the whole project is simple enough for kids to sew themselves.

These adorable felt DIY beach ball softies make a cute and easy summer sewing project for kids! | via barley & birch

This cute beginner kids sewing project is also incredibly easy to customize, and you can make them as mini or MEGA as you want to. Read on for some ideas of how to turn these cute little softies into other summer projects, decor, and special gifts!

To make your own stuffed beach ball plush you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains Woodpeckers Crafts, Etsy, Blick Art Materials, and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*


  • 4 squares of felt ( we used two 8-inch squares and two 8-inch by 2-inch pieces)
  • A needle and thread
  • Polyfill, organic raw cotton stuffing, or similar to fill your softie


How to Make a Stuffed Beach Ball Plush – DIY Instructions:

  1. Print our beach ball softie template or trace a plate or bowl

    You can print the free beach ball template we used to trace our beach ball on to felt, or you can use a plate or bowl.
    Cut the circles for your DIY beach ball softie

    For an extra-large beach ball pillow sofite, you can trace around a large mixing bowl or similar.

  2. Cut out the simple beach ball shapes

    Cut out two circles for the front and back of your beach ball, as well as two half-moon shapes for the sides and an oval for the top. Cut the half moon shapes for your DIY beach ball softie

  3. Sew shapes to the front with a simple running stitch

    Sew the half-moons and the oval onto one of your circles using a simple running stitch.
    Use a simple running stitch to sew your DIY beach ball softie

  4. Sew on back, stuff and sew closed

    Sew your other large circle on to the back of your beach ball, leaving a small opening for stuffing. Fill with polyfill or similar and sew closed.

    Stuff your DIY beach ball softie with polyfill or similar

  5. Add any extra details

    Maybe you’d like to add a felt face, googly eyes, ribbon, yarn, or bric–a-brac to decorate your beach balls…add whatever you want to make them fun! We decided to keep ours simple and just make a couple more in a variety of summery colors.
    Final set of kid-sewn felt DIY beach ball softies

Want to make a whole set of beach ball softies? These are simple enough to cut and sew that you can easily make bunches for a festive summer softie garland, or gift them as cute July birthday party favors.

Variations on our stuffed beach ball sofites…

  • Attach a ribbon to the top and use as a summer door-knob hanger.
  • Sew a small pocket to the back for secret summer notes
  • Sew a letter to the front for a monogrammed summer gift
  • Make BIG for a beachy, squeezable pillow!
These adorable felt DIY beach ball softies make a cute and easy summer sewing project for kids! | via barley & birch

If you’re a fan of these colorful beach ball softies, you’ll definitely want to check out Crabcakes – our DIY crab softie is the most adorable beginner project (and made from upcycled supplies!). Or try a unique technique to make your own no-smudge chalk pastel rainbow softie!

If you’re not familiar with Sew A Softie, and have kids who are interested in sewing (or would like to introduce them to it) be sure to visit the site for projects and how-to videos made with kids in mind. Developed and organized by my friend Trixie, Sew A Softie is a wonderful initiative that has gained a worldwide following inspiring kids and adults to learn to sew.

Every year Sew A Softie hosts a couple of incredible month-long sewing hops with free patterns, prizes, and more. Creators like myself share projects, ideas, patterns and inspiration (like the DIY bean bag gnome plushes we made last year!).

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Blick Art Materials, Amazon, Etsy, or Woodpeckers Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click through to make a purchase we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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