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#1 of 8 Old 05-10-2005, 06:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've seen covers online, but I don't want to pay $25-30 for one when I could probably easily make one on my own. However, I'm not very good at making up patterns on my own, no matter how easy. Does anyone know of a pattern out there that I could use??
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Can anyone help me??
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I posted the same question about a year and two months ago, no luck. I searched online as well. I ended up not making one, which was just as well for me since I didn't have the VBAC attempt I wanted.

The easiest idea I came up with was to cut a long rectangle to fit around the ball and wide enough to go from pole to pole, plus seam allowances. Seam the circumference, then put in casings on each end and gather them up with elastic or cord.

You could do orange segments with round pieces at each end like a beach ball too, but that seemed like a lot of seams to try to avoid with sensitive parts.

Post back if you make one, let me know what you come up with, OK?
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... what if you made one that was modeled after a beach ball, but made out of cloth? That's the only thing I can think of... what would you need the cover for? Transporting the ball, or using it under a birthing woman?
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thats what I was htinking. make sections like a beach ball.

that is a lot of seams. I think I would rather not have a cover. my birth ball had texture so you didn't slip off. a cover would just be shifty and something that once it gets wet might not be so comfortable.

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thats what I was htinking. make sections like a beach ball.

that is a lot of seams. I think I would rather not have a cover. my birth ball had texture so you didn't slip off. a cover would just be shifty and something that once it gets wet might not be so comfortable.
I used a birthing ball to sit on a LOT for my third labor. I hated the way the ball felt naked and when my midwife laid a towel on it for me, it slid around too much.

I think a beach ball style would be a lot of seams. That is why I think a big piece of fabric wrapped around the equator of the ball and gathered on the ends would give the most 'no seam' area, be easy to sew and easy to take on and off.

I spent a lot of time last year thinking about what I wanted to sit on for labor. But everyone handles labor differently, so individual preferences are key here.
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Hmm, thanks ladies! I agree, the beach ball idea is a lot of seams. The cover that I like can be found here but I don't want to spend a whole lot of $$ one one. I just wanted to see if someone had a pattern for one since I'm not having any luck finding one online.

BTW, I'm planning on using it to sit on during labor and since I may be bottomless, I'd like a cover so that my bum doesn't stick to the rubber. I may end up just using a towel or something, though.
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I just used flannel blankets, and I LOVED the birth ball, and used it right until pushing time! GOod Luck on a wonderful birth experience!
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