DIY Reusable Water Balloons

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Learn how to make DIY reusable water balloons using sponges and scraps of fleece fabric. It’s a quick summer sewing project that is fun to play with!

It’s getting to the hottest part of the summer, and we’re running out of things to do. My kids love playing with water, but they wanted a different water activity.

I’ve seen crocheted DIY reusable water balloons, and I loved the idea but am much, much faster at sewing. I figured out a way to sew the quickest DIY splash balls or reusable water balloons with sponges and scraps of fleece fabric.

diy reusable water balloons

What fabric should I use?

I decided to use fleece for the outer part since it’s sturdy, easy to find, and absorbs and squishes a lot of water.

These reusable water balloons are going to be thrown on cement, stepped on, washed, and squished over and over again. I know that fleece can hold up to the wear and tear.

What should I use inside the reusable water balloon?

I bought some good sized art sponges to use as the filling for the reusable water balloons. I saw them at the store and got the idea for this sewing project.

You can also cut up kitchen sponges or towels instead. The inside can be anything that absorbs and squishes a lot of water.

diy reusable water balloons

How to wash reusable water balloons

Every time my kids use these DIY splash balls I wash them and dry them. The fleece is sturdy and protects the sponge while it’s being washed and dried in a hot dryer.

If I want to be extra safe I’ll also set them out in the sun for a day. We’ve used the sponges lots of times and haven’t had a problem with them growing mildew.

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diy reusable water balloons

DIY reusable water balloons


  • Art sponges*, kitchen sponges, old towels, etc. Anything that absorbs a lot of water works great
  • Scraps of fleece fabric – you can use small pieces, but you’ll need a lot of fleece
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine
diy reusable water balloons supplies


Measure your filling or sponge. Measure the height also. Add seam allowance to find the size of your circle.


Cut out all your circles. I made my circles a little extra big so it would be easier to sew. You’ll need two circles for each reusable water balloon.

measure and cut out circle

Place a circle right side down. Place the sponge or filling on top. Place a second circle on the top and clip the edges together all the way around.

clip two layers around sponge


Sew around the edge of the circle with either a zigzag and a sewing machine or a serger. I found the serger to be a little bit faster, but both methods work well and are strong.

sew or serge around

Place the DIY reusable water balloon in a bucket of water and squeeze out all the air. It takes a second for the fleece to fill up with water, but once it’s completely wet it works perfectly.

diy reusable water balloons

I made 40 and it was the perfect number for my kids to play with. I put out two buckets, and they loved throwing them back and forth.

They were soaked in a couple of minutes of playing because the water balloons hold so much water!

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

diy reusable water balloons
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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Excited to try these! Please confirm if safe to throw in the washing machine and dryer after use?

Can these be ma home washed? I wasn’t sure if it’s be ok because of the sponge.

This is a great idea! I love water balloons but hate the plastic waste. Thanks for putting this idea out there!

Do the sponges get moldy/mildew over time?

What size circles did you cut for yours? Our grandkids would love these!