I've seemingly only been watching the Olympics over the past while given the lack of updates, but I have been busy crafting behind the scenes, promise!
A long time ago, shortly after making Little Imp's eye spy quilt, I came across this beautiful felt memory game on the Purl Bee blog. My idea was that one day I would make a similar felt game but one that could also be used for matching to pictures on her eye spy quilt. Then, about a month ago now, Little Imp suddenly started matching similar things and saying 'Same'. It seemed that the time had come to do something about making my version - 'The Game of Same'. Perhaps not quite as pretty as the Purl Bee version, but also much simpler & faster to do. After all the cutting out, the sewing up was surprisingly fast.
|Matching same-same cards to onto the quilt|
Basic How To
Materials needed (enough to make 20 pairs):
- Felt (I found some felt much stiffer than others, the stiffer felt works better for this project)
- Medium interfacing
- Assorted print fabrics - for this project I used left over eye spy quilt scraps
- Clear home made templates (helpful but not essential)
- Cutting mat, ruler & rotary cutter
- Measure & mark 40x 3 inch squares onto the felt & then cut out into pairs using scissors. Given my cutting & measuring skills are not perfect, I found keeping the pairs together to start meant they were matched better when I came to cut & stitch.
- Measure & mark 40x 2.5 inch squares onto the interfacing & cut out using scissors into individual squares.
- Cut assorted print fabrics into 40x 2 inch squares, 2 of each fabric. This is where a home made 2x2 inch clear plastic templates can be useful. Use them to work out which part or the best part of the design/print you will fit into a 2inch square before cutting. Although each pair is from the same fabric, for this game I wasn't fussed the picture on each one wasn't exactly the same. Nothing wrong with a bit of a Game of Same-Same challenge!
- To make each single memory 'card' do the following: Cut a felt pair of squares in half. Centre a fabric print square on top of one felt square and centre an interfacing square underneath the felt.
- Machine stitch around the edge of the print fabric using a blanket stitch, catching the interfacing as you do so. I didn't bother using pins, as long as the fabric print is centered, the interfacing doesn't have to be perfectly aligned. Trim any interfacing closer than 1/4 inch from edge of felt.
- Place the other square of felt onto the back to cover over the interfacing and align & pin together.
- Machine stitch using straight stitch around the outside of the memory card. Trim if needed to neaten.
|back & front of cards|
- Then make another card to get your first pair. Repeat as many times as you like!
- I also made a matching felt bag (of course!) to store The Game of Same. Little Imp does like her game & for her age the game of matching cards to her quilt is just perfect!