Ohhh, I love a challenge! I immediately sat down and drew up a new template. One for an 8 inch puzzle ball, and one for a 16 inch puzzle ball. Then, it was testing time!!!
When I was done, the finished puzzle ball was about 9 inches. Oops! However, it was actually the perfect size for hugging! Yessss!
This time around, I went with a super soft (and super cute!) flannel fabric exterior and I skipped the cotton batting that I used in the 6 inch version. I also used a fluffier stuffing material. All of this resulted in super soft awesome goodness.
I LOVE this new puzzle ball and I think your little ones (and bigger ones) will love it too! The tutorial and template are now available here and in my Etsy shop as instant downloads.