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Sunday, January 2, 2011
Low Tech Kid's Stuff - Fabric Checkers Game
I was hoping to have this posted before Christmas, but being organizationally challenged as I am I barely made it to my own Christmas Eve party. That's because I was downstairs putting the finishing touches on a couple of sewing projects and wrapping gifts while the kids were
waiting patiently rampaging through the house waiting to open presents.
So I came up with this idea for Destructo Boy because he likes to play checkers and I thought a travel checker set that he could throw into his backpack to play on the school bus would be fun. For some reason their bus has a "layover" every morning before the driver is allowed to drop the kids off, so the driver kind of encourages the kids to bring something to entertain themselves. All well and good, as long as it is not something that is going to end up in the principals office later in the day, huh?
So this was a "no cost" project that I made up from scraps I had around the house. It was really pretty easy and I wish I had remembered to take pics for a tutorial. But that might happen soon because I think I might make this again for the Twinkie's in a girly theme. I happened to have the sports themed fabrics and some pieces of felt, so that is what I used, but you could use just the felt for the pieces and paint or mark one side of each piece for the King side. So here are some basic instructions, I think you could follow without the pics.
I strip pieced the 64 1 1/2" squares together so that was nowhere near as hard as it looks. For a 12" checkerboard you will need two 2" X 44" strips of each color. (If you cut the strips 2 1/2" you will end up with a 16" square checkerboard) Cut the strips in half so you have 4 2"X22" strips and then stitch them together with a 1/4" seam alternating the colors. Iron the strips so that the seam allowance is pressed toward the darker color. This is important if you want your corners to match up nicely. Then take the pressed piece and cut it into 2" slices, reverse every other strip so that you get a checkerboard pattern and stitch those together. Butt the seam allowances up tight against each other to get a nice corner. Steam press it all when you are done. I added a 1 1/2" border around the outside.
For the checker pieces I used the No Sew Ultra Heat Bond and ironed the fabric to red and tan felt, then cut out the footballs and basketballs. I made a little felt pouch with a velcro closure for each set of 12 pieces. I ironed a football and basketball to the outside of the pouches just because.
I cut a backing piece from coordinating fabric and stitched a felt tic-tac-toe board on the center. You can use bias tape to make the lines or cut strips of fabric like I did. I put the backing and the checkerboard right sides together and stitched around, leaving an opening for turning, then topstitched all the way around, closing the opening.
Then I folded it into 3rds each direction with the game piece pouches inside and put a little strap with velcro to hold it all together. I stitched one end of the strap to the center of one outside edge to keep it from getting lost.
Destructo Boy had to practice up with Mr. Rainbow Creek and Nature Girl before he goes back to school tomorrow. Not sure who won, but they were laughing and having a great time. Take that Xbox!
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