This week for Fat Quarter Friday we are making something for the kiddo’s. My little guy loves playing “bat ball” but we never play with bases. So the other day when he asked me to make some bases I thought that would be the perfect project for this weeks Fat Quarter Friday. I thought about making some bases out of wood with mod podge on top. Then I thought maybe I would make the bases big and fluffy similar to real bases, but I ended up just going the simple, practical route. This way the bases are super easy to clean by just throwing them into the wash. Plus these bases are so easy to store. And yes, they lay and stay on the grass pretty good. I was a little nervous they would blow around everywhere but they didn’t. No, they don’t work as good as real bases, but they are way cuter if I do say so myself.
(allow 1-2 hours to make: beginner level)
*4- 13″ x 13″ pieces of cotton fabric
*4 pieces of batting a little larger then 13″ x 13″
*4-pieces of a backing fabric a little larger then 13″ x 13″
* small scrap pieces for the numbers
*cardstock for printing numbers onto if numbering your bases
First make sure your 4 pieces of cotton fabric are cut to 13″ x 13″ and that your 4 batting pieces and backing pieces are cut a little larger then 13″ x 13″. Of course you can make your bases larger or smaller then what I did. It’s all in what you would like. Now take one of your pieces of fabric and trim off the edges like below to make home base. Now if you want to number your bases use printshop or hand draw some large numbers onto some cardstock. Cut out the numbers. Trace the numbers onto some scrap pieces of fabric. Now cut them out. Stitch the numbers onto the three pieces of fabric. I just zig-zag stitched close to the edges as I wanted the edge of the numbers to fray slightly.
Now take and layer one piece of batting, one piece of the backing fabric right side up and one of the numbered pieces of fabric wrong side up. Make sure that the backing fabric and the number piece of fabric are right sides facing. Pin together. Sew around all 4 edges while leaving a 2″ opening for turning right sides out. Trim off excess fabric. Turn right side out through opening. Iron flat. Now top stitch around edges. Repeat with remaining bases.
Such a fun, quick project that will get a lot of use. Isn’t she the cutest “bat ball” player you have ever seen?!