Free Crochet Pattern: Reusable Water Balloon

free crochet water balloons pattern

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Have you ever watched a group of five kids ranging in age from two to ten trying to fill up water balloons for a water balloon fight? It’s hard to watch. They were certainly entertained, but only got enough water balloons filled up for each person to have one balloon and then they were back to square one. It was like the song that never ends. Anyway, I had seen other crochet water balloons floating around in crochet groups and someone shared the idea in my Facebook group, The Crafty Cabin, as well. I figured I may as well write up a blog post for the crochet pattern I made up. Here’s hoping these reusable water balloons last through the summer and are a quicker alternative to filling a bunch of balloons. It’ll definitely be better for the Earth!


reusable water balloons free crochet pattern


Stitches & Terms to Know

HDC: Half Double Crochet
INC: Increase – 2 HDC in one stitch
DEC: Decrease 
MC: Magic Circle


  • This pattern uses American Standard Terms.
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crochet water balloons free pattern


MC (or CH 2 alternate)

Round 1: 6 HDC in MC (6) Pull the tail on your beginning circle or CH 2 tightly to close the hole. 

Round 2: * When working this round, weave your tail in with the stitches. * INC around (12) – Keep pulling your beginning tail tight so that it creates a cinch look at the top that looks like the top of a water balloon. 

Round 3: [1 HDC in the next stitch, INC] around (18)

Round 4 – 5: 1 HDC in each stitch around (18)

Round 6: [1 HDC in the next stitch, DEC] around (12)

Round 7: [1 HDC in the next stitch, DEC] around (8)

Round 8: DEC around (4)

Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew the hole closed. Weave the rest of your end in. 

There you have it! No more plastic waste and clean-up. No more filling up endless amounts of water balloons that only last a few minutes. Grab your full buckets of water, dunk these in, and have a blast of a summer!

Washing and Storing

Oh, and by the way, if you’re looking to wash these, or for the best way to store them when not in use, we found these great mesh bags on Amazon. I’m sure Walmart, the dollar store, or something like that have these types of mesh bags as well. 

Happy Crocheting!

free crochet water balloons pattern
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