Kids learn a little bit of sewing when they make this game and bag to store it in. It also makes a great gift for any checkers fanatic.
Using scissors, cut thirty-two 1-inch squares of white felt.
With pinking shears, cut two 9 1/2-inch squares of black felt, twelve 1-inch round red markers (about the size of a quarter) and twelve 1-inch round white markers.
Arrange the 1-inch white squares in a checkerboard pattern on one of the 9 1/2-inch black squares, leaving a 5/8-inch border around the perimeter. Tack the pieces in place with glue, then hand- or machine-sew them on.
Sew together the two 9 1/2-inch squares of black felt with black thread around the edges.
Make the pouch by cutting the canvas into a pocket shape (with a straight-edged top and rounded bottom) that is about 8 inches long and 7 inches wide. Pin the fabric together, then sew up the sides.
To make a drawstring top, lay the shoelace around the pouch, about 1 inch below the top edge. Fold the top edge down over the lace, pin in place and sew up, leaving a hole for each end of the lace to stick out. Turn the pouch right side out and decorate with felt designs.