My latest sewing project is a game board quilt. It has 20-something games and activities on it, perfect for kids to play with or for a fun afternoon picnic. I saw these cute Candyland, Monopoly, and Scrabble game board fabric panels, and knew I had to make something out of them. Click on an image to enlarge it.
The Game Board Quilt
Here is the whole quilt. Click read more to see details of each individual game and the game bag.
I wanted to combine as many games and fun little activities into one quilt as possible. It might not be a pretty quilt, but it's pretty fun! For the first time ever when sewing, I pinned the fabric together before sewing it. I forgot to stretch out the seams that gathered up when sewing... oops! So, the quilt is not evenly sewed and you have to iron it with your hands before playing. It's probably not even a quilt- just game board panels sewn together, then the whole quilt top sewed onto an old bedsheet for the backing. I'm pretty sure I used 5 whole bottles of fabric paint, too. Most quilts would have sewn the Tic Tac Toe and other panels. But, I don't know how to quilt, and I wanted to make this quilt game board quilt/blanket in just one afternoon... or so. I like crafts and sewing projects... if they're quick. I'm not the most patient person ever with crafts.
The Candyland game board fabric is my favorite. Now, I just need to find game pieces for the games. I don't actually own a single board game. I used the 3 game board fabric panels for the center, then made little squares of games for the middle outer border. The inner border is a patchwork fabric-- "Eye Spy Game."
Hangman: I made a hangman game and used craft foam to stencil letters onto.
Maze: the rainbow panel is a maze.
Paper dolls: I got paper doll fabric panels. I glued some of them to foam so kids can dress up the dolls.
Chutes and Ladders: I used Toy Story fabric and painted on chutes and ladders.
Tic Tac Toe: I painted on a Tic Tac Toe game board and used fabric yo-yos as the pieces.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey: I made the donkey and it's tails out of craft felt.
Maze: I got bored making this quilt, and started hurrying to fill in the empty panels with anything I could do in a minute or less. Hence, this maze. It's not my favorite panel...
How Many: I painted this panel with letter stencils and fabric paint for the stars, confetti, etc. to count.
ABCs: I used ABC fabric to make a panel where kids can learn their letters.
Dot to Dot: This is one of the panels that I hurried through. Kids can use yarn or their fingers to connect dots. Maybe I could paint over this one with something a bit more entertaining?
Numbers: I used brightly colored numbers fabric for kids to learn their numbers with.
Hi Ho Cherry O: I've only played Hi Ho Cherry O a few times, but it's a fun game. I used craft felt to make and sew on the trees and baskets.
Connect the Dots or ??: I can't remember what this game is called, but I used to play it all the time as a kid. You draw dots on a piece of paper, then you and a friend take turns drawing a line and trying to connect 4 of the lines to make a square. Whoever makes the most complete squares wins the game. I traced a quarter with a sharpie, then painted the polka dots with acrylic paint. I painted over the lines to make it look more casual.
Button and Bow: This panel has a pocket full of treasures: a yarn puff ball, yo-yos, and a piece of elastic.
The pocket holds the treasures. The old shirt has buttons for kids to practice how to button, and the bow on the panel lets kids learn how to tie a bow.
Mr. Potato Head: I made a Mr. Potato Head out of craft felt, and made a variety of eyes, noses, mouths, hats, purses, and accessories for kids to put on the potato.
Colors and Numbers: These panels let kids learn their colors and numbers. They could also be used for counting, eye spy, or as an empty square to play with the paper dolls on.
Guess Jar: How many gumballs are in this jar? Guessing game. On the right is a bean bag toss. I made little bean bags out of fabric, and used old necklace beads inside of them. I rushed through the bean bag toss, just trying to finish the game panel as quickly as possible. But, it's still a fun game for kids to play... it looks like something they would draw, too. Ha. It's harder to land on the 70 point circle than it looks!
Scrabble: This Scrabble game fabric panel is a fun one. It comes with some pieces on the fabric, but I'm going to try to find an old Scrabble game instead. I don't want to cut up and sew each fabric letter. This game quilt has a variety of games for kids and adults- Scrabble and Monopoly for adults, and other things for kids. The black and red checker fabric can be used for Checkers. I'm not sure where I'll find checkers that small...
Monopoly: It's a super colorful, super casual quilt. The Monopoly game board fabric is so fun! I used the Monopoly money and game cards as part of the quilt since I don't have much fabric. It can be used as bean bag toss too. The Monopoly game board fabric panel is fun, but you'll probably want to use real game pieces.
Candyland: The Candyland game board fabric is my favorite! It's so fun and colorful, just like my favorite childhood game. It came with 2 game board panels, so I might make a Candyland quilt at some point. It didn't come with game pieces on the fabric, so I need to find pieces. Candyland is such a cute, fun, easy game!
Game Quilt Bag: I made a bag to carry the game board quilt and it's game pieces in. The Scrabble game board panel came with 2 game panels, which was great. The game board quilt will be fun for afternoon picnics or for babysitting kids. It turned out more... um... kiddish and casual and less well sewed (uneven) than I planned, but I like it. I learned: 1) maybe I should learn to use a pattern, and get one and 2) I can't sew straight. It's still fun to try to sew projects, though, and this one will be useful. It's super bright and fun. It's also light, since I only used an old bedsheet as backing. It's almost queen bed sized, so it's large enough for the whole family to sit on and play Monopoly, Candyland, Tic Tac Toe, Scrabble, and all sorts of fun games.
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