How to Make a Squishy Ball

Two Methods:Squishy Cloth BallSquishy Sock Ball

A soft and squishy ball is both fun and useful. You can use it as a stress ball, or a toy for a child or a plaything for animals, especially cats and kittens. You can mold it, squish it and play with it!

Method 1
Squishy Cloth Ball

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    Cut two equal pieces of cloth into a square shape. Using fabric marker, draw two circles or ovals on the fabric. Cut out the circles or ovals.
    • You can vary the shape but it the shape is too complicated, you may not be able to turn the ball inside out later.
  2. 2
    Stitch the ball together. Thread a needle with some cotton in a similar color to the cloth. Sew along the edge of the ball, leaving a small edge. Use small, close stitches to keep the filling inside.
  3. 3
    Stop when you have stitched about 3/4 of the way around. Turn the cloth inside out.
  4. 4
    Stuff the ball with cotton filling. Continue sewing together, making sure that the edges of the cloth are tucked inward while sewing, so they cannot be seen when you finish.
  5. 5
    Finish by tying a knot or two close to the surface of the fabric. It needs to be strong enough to prevent the fabric from unraveling.
  6. 6
    Decorate the squishy ball. You can add buttons, beads or other decorations but not too much. Or, just leave it plain.
  7. 7
    Done. It can now be played with.

Method 2
Squishy Sock Ball

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    Get one sock and cut it in half. Get the half without the heel of the sock, and stuff it with five or six socks.
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    Tie it with a small hair tie or rubber band. Tie the part with the opening. It must look like a small sack bag.
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    Decorate it. Gel pen is recommended as long as it isn't too liquid. Draw something on it, such as a face, your favourite animal, or anything else you would like. This step is optional.
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    Finished. The squishy ball is now ready for play.


  • It is best to use light colored socks (yellow, orange, pink, green, etc).


  • If making Method 1 for a child under three, do not use small parts such as buttons, as these can be a choking hazard. Method 2 is not suitable for children under 3 due to the hair tie/rubber band.

Things You'll Need

Squishy soft ball: cloth

  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Cotton
  • Buttons (optional)

Squishy sock ball:

  • Ball pen (optional)
  • 6 to 8 socks (large one for the ball, the rest for stuffing)
  • Scissors
  • Small hair tie or rubber band

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Categories: Kids' Crafts