I've followed all the tutorials I could find on making shapes for a soccer ball, but honestly the hexagon (white tiles) on a real ball don't like like a regular hexagon, so I'm thinking maybe that's why it's not working for me. They aren't fitting together. Any ideas, tips, tricks. . .
Are you trying to make all the shapes hexagons? They are a combination of hexagons and pentagons.
No. White hexagons and black pentagons, but they just aren't fitting. It's smaller, so I'm using 1 inch sides. I've measured the angles out . . . . the whole nine, and they aren't working. However, right now I'm just messing with the templates, so it's on a flat surface. I'm thinking once I actually put fondant on the sphere it might fit? I'm not sure but it's driving me crazy.
If you have the size right, it should fit on the round ball. If they're too big or too small, they won't, although fondant will stretch a bit.
You can make a flat sheet of equilateral hexagons, but not hexagons mixed with pentagons. You can also make a sheet of just pentagons, but not equilateral, they're a little squished. The pattern that makes a soccer ball can't be flattened into a patterned sheet. It would flatten out more like this: http://www.vecpix.com/tutorials/freehand/images/fh004/3d_soccer15.gif