2 or 3 fat quarters depending on what style you like
Needle and corresponding thread
Step 1: Make a pattern from paper of an almond like shape roughly 2" wide and 4" long.
Cut out a total of 36 of these from your fat quarters. You can do three different fabrics, or two. I like the look of two better. If you're doing 2 fabrics cut 12 from one and 24 from the other, and if you're doing 3 fabrics, cut 12 from each.
Open up your football you just sewed like so, and
place your remaining set of 12 fabric face down on top.
Sew along the edge that only has two fabrics layered together, not the one with four. Remember to sew 1/4" away from the edge (see red dots).
Sew up your remaining edge staying 1/4" away from the edges (dots).
Stuff it so it's nice and full and sew it up. Repeat until you have 12.double your thread, so it's like doing two stitches at once and saves you time.)
Then sew another one on so you have three. Then sew the two far ends together to make a triangle (see black dots). Repeat until you have four triangles.
Step 7: We're now going to assemble the ball. Take two of your triangles and sew two of the points together like so.
Then sew on another one on the other side so you have three connected in a line. Arrange your triangles like so and now you're going to sew the two points markered with black dots together.
You can now sew on the last triangle. You will sew it's three points on to the points marked in green in this picture.
You can spin the pieces around so another color is on top.
This makes a great size toy for little hands. It works great as a ball, it rolls really well and is easy to catch, plus it tastes great!