In lieu of a Re-Watch post today, I present you with a guide for how to make your own non-copyright-infringing version of a tribble.
The tribble is essentially a furry softball. It is made using two figure-8-shaped pieces of cloth, sewn together perpendicularly. It is the simplest way to sew a ball—unlike the much more complicated hacky-sack method, it only requires two pieces of cloth.
This does not require a sewing machine or really much sewing skill at all. Anyone can try it!
You can click on any image to see a big version. I also digitally enhanced the tracing lines for maximum visibility.
You Will Need:
- A flat section of cardboard
- A jar, lid, or other small circular object
- Needle and thread
- Polyester stuffing
- Tribble-like fur: I suggest long-haired faux fur, in camel, white, gray, or some combination thereof. Not all fabric stores carry this stuff (probably because it’s tacky) so call ahead!
Stage One: Creating the Pattern
The first thing you need to do is make a pattern. First, determine how big you want your tribble to be. I think smaller is cuter, so I chose to make it slightly bigger than a softball, or about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Remember, the long fur will make it look bigger than the pattern. I adapted from this baseball pattern.
Ta-da! You have a pattern. I strongly recommend taking an old T-shirt, cutting out two pieces, and testing it out on that first. If it comes out oblong, you’ve made your circles too far apart, and if it doesn’t quite stitch up, your circles are too close.
Stage Two: Cutting the Cloth
Stage Three: Sewing it Together
|7. Lay your two pieces of fur down perpendicular to one another. Try to line up the centers. Now hold the two pieces of cloth so that the fur is sticking outward, and not inward towards the inside of the tribble.|
|8. Start your knot and begin stitching about 1/4 inch from the edge of the cloth, and just work your way around. I did a simple running stitch. Work your way (slowly!) around the edge, leaving about an inch or so open so that you can turn your tribble inside out and stuff it.When you get to that point, make a good strong knot—you don’t want the whole thing coming undone while you’re stuffing!|
Stage Four: Stuffing and Finishing your Tribble
|9. The fun part! Carefully turn your tribble inside-out (or right-side out, actually) by pushing it through the hole you left open. Once it is inside out, begin stuffing with the polyester fill. It should not take much, but stuff it as much as you like.When you feel it’s been properly gorged with your quadrotriticale substitute, start a new thread and close the hole. This part is tough, but the good news is that the long fur is pretty much guaranteed to hide your stitch anyway. While you may have better luck than I did with the usual slip stitch method, I wound up just holding the two pieces together as best I could and sewing from underneath to try and hide the stitches. Your mileage may vary.|
Stage Five: Hold it and Love it Forever
This post originally appeared on Tor.com.