Free quilt patterns for making a soccer ball quilt. Do you have a soccer fan in your life? This soccer ball quilt is a fun gift for someone, or maybe you are the soccer fan, in which case, make one for yourself.
Front of the quilt
Back of the quilt
I was commissioned by my son to make this quilt for a 1 year old little
It was a challenge to say the least. There were no soccer ball patterns for making a quilt that suited my sons needs.
My son wanted the quilt to
look as much like a soccer ball as possible. This is the result and I
would like to share the pattern.
Because the soccer ball quilt is for a one year old, I have used flannel and
fleece fabrics for a soft blanket that will wrap easily around the baby.
I did not use batting in the middle of the quilt or any other fill, the
reason for this is the fabrics I used are soft and cozy enough and I
didn't feel batting was needed.
However if you use cotton or any other woven
fabrics I do recommend using batting in the middle for warmth.
The soccer ball quilt I made is 50" in diameter using a six inch, six sided hexagon.
What You Will Need:
6", Six Sided Hexagon Template
Sharp Scissors or
Rotary Cutter & Mat
Fabric: I used flannel and fleece for this quilt. Note: How much fabric you need will depend on how large you make your quilt and how many contrasting fabrics you use.
Spray Fabric Glue (optional)
Fabric Paint (optional)
Sewing Machine or Serger
Free Quilt Pattern Step by Step
You can see the quilt coming together just by adding the hexagons to the center black piece.
When I had the middle of the quilt complete, I then started the next section.
Start adding the next black hexagon like this.
Then you attach the white hexagons the same way you did with the center
Do this until you do not have any more full size hexagons left to
When you are finished with all the large hexagons,
you will now need to fill in the edges to complete the circle. Using the
scraps of white flannel, this is how I did it.
Note: The photo examples below are of the other side of this quilt. I neglected to take photos of the black and white side for this step.
I placed a scrap piece of fabric under the quilt
and marked where I need to cut.
I cut the scrap fabric in the shape of
the missing piece and then attached it the same way I did all the other
full size hexagons.
Do these steps until you have a complete circle.
Then with my scissors, I trimmed the edges to even out the circle.
Next, I found the center of the quilt and placed a mark to indicate the center.
From my center mark, I measured 24" to the edge of the quilt and made marks every few inches as shown.
Then with my scissors, I trimmed the edges to even out the circle, being careful to only cut on the markings at the 24" markings.
You now have the completed soccer ball side of this quilt.
Free Quilt Patterns: Side Two
You of course could make this side of the quilt what ever you choose,
but because the recipient of this quilt is a Manchester United soccer
fan, it was fitting that the other side of my quilt was their team
I cut 3 hexagons in the yellow fabric.
16 hexagons in the red
I attached the 3 yellow hexagons together and started attaching
the red hexagons around the yellow to form the center of this side of
Keep doing this until you have used all the full size hexagons sewn together.
Then in the same way that I completed the edge for the black and white
soccer ball side of the quilt, you will take the same steps for this
Free Quilt Patterns. Finishing The Soccer Ball Quilt
To finish the quilt, I first had to cut out the lettering for the Manchester United side and attach the letters before I sew the two sides together.
I cut out the letters that you see, and with fabric spray glue, I attached the letters in the center of the quilt. I then stitch a straight seam around the lettering for added stability. To finish the edges of the lettering, I used fabric paint.
Note: You can purchase the spray glue and the paint, at your local craft store. Follow the directions for both products as the manufacturer suggests.