Felt Checkers Game

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Felt Checkers Game
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages all-ages

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.

What you'll need

  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Two 12-inch squares white felt
  • Two 12-inch squares black felt
  • 12-inch square red felt
  • Black sewing thread
  • Needles and pins
  • Sewing machine, optional
  • 1/4 yard white "duck" canvas fabric
  • 50-inch bright color nylon (or leather) shoelace
  • Glue

How to make it

  1. Felt Checkers Game - Step 1

    Using scissors, cut thirty-two 1-inch squares of white felt.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Sew together the two 9 1/2-inch squares of black felt with black thread around the edges.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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