Then, I cut the felt around the football shaped pattern piece.
Next, I cut 5 small strips of white felt, to act as the lace on the football. I also cut two round strips for the white stripes on the football.
I sewed the laces onto the football, starting with the middle lace directly in the center, then working from the middle out sewing one side then the other.
Then I sewed the two stripes on each side.
After embroidering, I sewed the two pieces of the football together, with the wrong sides facing together. I sewed all around the edges of the football, leaving an opening to turn it inside out.
I stuffed it with poly-fil, attached the chain, and sewed the opening closed.
It didn't come out as good as it could have but I plan to do an update with better results.
And there you have it! A fast and easy gift or stocking stuffer for the Christmas enthusiast, sports fan, or collector in your life!