Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Exercise Ball Cover.....

Ok, lets be honest. You probably thought you would not see something like this on here. ;-)



I made this a couple of days ago in about 20 minutes out of swim suit material. It took about a yard and I already had it on hand. Hooray for using up the stash! I saw the cover idea over here but did not want to pay that price so I decided to make my own.




It's basically a rectangle, open on one end with the drawstring. The other end is sewn shut and has the handle inserted at each corner. The material is 60" wide and went around my 65 cm ball just perfectly.

So why the cover? First of all, that strap is handy! If you have ever taken one of these things somewhere and had it go running away across the parking lot, you know what I mean. Most people know these balls as exercise balls but I know mine as a birth ball. I am working toward my CE/D certification through Charis Childbirth right now and have been learning that these balls offer really great comfort techniques during labor. My ball is made out of rubber that is not very smooth and has ridges on it. This is not comfortable if you are leaning or sitting on it. A cover makes it smoother and is nice for clean up too. Hopefully I will make a few more in case they get dirty and so I can carry it in one, and switch it out for a clean one at the birth place :) More information here on how it is actually used during labor if you are interested. You learn something new everyday right?

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

23 comments:

  1. What a very clever idea, Bethany Lynn! I love the pattern on the material, and yes, it is ALWAYS wonderful to use up a bit of fabric in the stash! Unfortunately, I seem to replace the fabric I use with new fabric almost as quickly as I use it up! :-(

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  2. I really love this! I am a bit challenged when it comes to making things without specific instructions. Any way you could email me and help me out. I am wanting to make covers for my birth ball as well. Just did my doula training, so I'll be needing it! Thanks so much! Email is sarahthenewt@yahoo.com

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  3. Hi Bethany- this is fantastic! I have been searching high and low for a pattern of some sort for my birth ball! I am a newer Doula and aspiring midwife and love the idea!! I'm a pretty "green" or newby with sewing, so not sure I can just "figure it out" on my own. Would you be willing to help me out?! I'd be willing to front a few dollars for the use of a pattern, etc! Thanks!
    radiantbirth@gmail.com

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  4. This is fabulous! I'm curious of you've written instructions on this as well!

    My email is Jenny@BellyUpRI.com

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  5. I too am a doula and was looking for a way to make my own birth ball cover! This is great! I am definitely in line for instructions and/or a pattern if you make them available!! My email is leah@eveningstardoula.

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  6. Yes... please share the pattern. Doula and childbirth educator, kari@ourrealvillage.com, www.houstonbirth.com

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  7. I love your idea! i would also love instructions on how to make the cover. It is always nice to make them look nice ;) my email is murgacristina@hotmail.com

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  8. I would so appreciate pattern/instructions - if you are willing to share! My email is laralee@live.com.
    Great Idea!

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  9. Hi! My elderly mother is interested in a cover as well. Would you mind sending the pattern or further instructions? My e-mail is [removed for privacy]. Thanks!

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  10. Hi, I am a teacher and have a class set of yoga balls my students use as chairs. Would you mind emailing me the instructions for a pattern? Thanks so much!

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  11. This is fantastic! thank you so much because Gaiam sells the cover for $299!!! Almost $300 for their cover! Who wants to pay so much for a cover??? Thank you so much!

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  12. I would also like a pattern or more instructions thank you. [e-mail removed for privacy]

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  13. Are you sending out instructions? I would love to make my own cover for my ball for births (I am a doula too!)!

    Now if I could figure out how to cover my peanut ball too...

    jenn dot whitaker at gmail dot com

    Thanks!!

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  14. I'm too as the rest am a new doula and have been looking for a pattern. I don't know if you are sharing but if you are the patter would greatly be appreciated.
    If it is a yes my email is: (removed for privacy)

    Thanks in advance :)

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  15. I want one!!! :) (e-mail removed for privacy) please :)

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  16. eyasab@choicecable.netOctober 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    I would like to have the pattern. My sewing skills are not great and the pattern would be of immense help.
    Thanks!

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  17. i'd love to see a pattern too if you're sharing! i'm looking for a thoughtful way to thank my doula and i figure a personal ball cover would be an improvement over the sheet she uses. :) you can contact me directly from my website (i'd rather not share my email this way- hopefully that's ok!)... beautiful fabric btw!

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  18. If you ever did work up a pattern to send out, I too would love a copy. Jumping into figure it out myself but spatial relations have always been hard for me...(email removed for privacy)

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  19. I would love a copy of the specific instructions in how you made this, or a pattern for it also! I am a doula and student midwife, and could really use a couple of these! My email is (removed for privacy). Blessings to you!

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  20. Hi, I'd really love this pattern as well! (email removed for privacy)
    Thanks!

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  21. is there anyway you can give us more detailed information on how to make this?
    Thank you

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  22. I would love to make this.

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  23. This is awesome! My daughter is PG--this would be perfect gift for her. Can you share the pattern with me? I can sew; just couldn't figure out you could accomplish this with one yard of fabric AND about those handles... Love your website. Will forward to my daughter and her friends...

    Can you send to me? And remove email as above...

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