By Liesl Clark
We cleared out an old bin of outside toys near the garage and found 2 beach balls that needed some help. One had been bitten into several times, likely by a raccoon or 2. The other has a slow leak and so we found the spot where it leaks and fixed it, just like a bike tube tire or Thermarest for camping. But the one with multiple ‘coon-bite holes was too colorful to throw into the landfill so we transformed it into a beach tote to carry our belongings down to the shore for the 1/4 mile walk to our nearest swimming spot.
The kids have been taking part in a sewing camp, so hand-sewing the ball into something useful made lots of sense. The following is a simple tutorial for turning your defunct beach ball into a nice waterproof tote for your or the kids to throw your swimming stuff into:
STEP 1: Get out the scissors, some scrap rope, and a sewing kit.
STEP 2: Cut the ball with an opening the size you’d like for your beach or pool goodies. Leave room for a hem and stitching. (I don’t have a sewing machine)
STEP 3: Turn the ball inside out, fold down a 1″ hem and stitch the ball. Use a straight stitch or your sewing machine if you’re so inclined. But a 6-year-old can enjoy the task, too. You need room for a rope or string to be threaded as a cinch-tie. Leave a 1″ hole in the side for the rope to thread through.
STEP 4: Thread the rope through using a large safety pin as your thread-head.
STEP 5: Enjoy!
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Have you found a good reuse for deflated beach balls or another type of play or sport ball? We’d love to hear about it via the comments area below or on our Facebook page.