Click the above link to download the pattern
For tiny ones a balloon can be a dangerous thing, it can be choked on once it's burst.
These balloon covers help to keep the balloon a little safer for baby to play with.
The balloon acts more like a ball than a balloon once its in the cover.
My kids love these.
And using a little maths worked out how wide to make 6 gores to make a sphere.
You could do something similar if you can't find 23cm balloons.
I used a 1cm seam allowance.
I sewed two together then sewed the third onto each pair. To make two halves.
Sew the pieces together only on the sewing lines. Stopping and back stitching at the points at the top of each pattern.
When you sew the two halves together leave a 3 cm gap in the side seam to turn the cover through. I didn't bother clipping the seams as I didn't want to weaken the seams.
Leave the turning hole open to insert your balloon to blow it up.
The second also needed a tweak but the third worked a treat!
My friend Bronnie showed me how to make these balloon covers years ago when we both lived in Tennant Creek. I think Bronnie got her original pattern from the School of The Air in Alice Springs.
Bronnie put hers together with the balloon being inserted from the intersecting ends. I find this fiddly so I just put my balloon in via the turning hole.
They do look very nice with little circles appliqued over the intersecting ends and button holes sewn in for the balloon to be inserted, but that's a lot of work and I'm pretty lazy.