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Felt Marble Mazes
Supplies [Provided by The Fabric & Yarn Lady on Etsy.]:
1 – Piece Felt
1 – Piece fabric (or another piece of felt
1 – Round marble or flat floral marble (I used the large marble for the younger child’s version and a regular size marble for the older children’s versions).
2 – Appliqués—one for marking the beginning of the maze and one to mark the end. You could also use a picture cut from a scrap of fabric. I think a mouse and piece of cheese would be cute. I just used what appliqués I could find at the store (this craft store offers free supplies if you lend them your items for display—I’ll be sharing about this later).
Graph paper to make your maze. Or use this one at Twin Dragonfly Designs (I used it in one of mine--you can see images of my three below and use any you'd like). You can also search “free printable mazes” online—they will be a little more complicated but will give you ideas.
Paper to copy or trace maze onto.
Thread that contrasts with the felt.
- Design a maze--I have photos of mine below (or use mine or this one at Twin Dragonfly Designs). For a large size marble you need approx. 1 3/4” paths and for small ones you need approx. 1”.
- Copy or trace maze design on paper (you will sew right on this) or draw it onto your felt if you’d like to. Cut fabric to match felt piece (or cut both if your felt did not come in a piece).
- Cut fabric to match size of felt square (mine are about 11 x 8)
- Using the maze design mark where the beginning and ending are. Attach appliqués in these spots. If they are iron on, reinforce ones with thread that will be used by young children. Remember to leave about 1/2 to 3/4 inches of fabric between them and the edge of the felt to allow for seam allowance and a border. Large appliques may get in the way of the maze stitching—if they are iron on they can be added after it is sewn.
- Right sides together stitch around outer edges using 1/4 to 3/8” seams (whichever you like).
- Leave one side partially open to turn. Be sure to leave part of the marble trail open to be able to insert marble into the maze.
- Turn and press—press under seam allowance where left open and pin.
- Attach paper with maze design onto felt or draw on your design. I like to use scotch tape rolled up between the lines.
- Stitch making sure to back stitch at all beginnings & endings (it is a good idea to back stitch and corners, too, for more reinforcement). I learned that using a small stitch and a large needle makes tearing the paper off easier.
- Tear off the paper.
- Insert the marble—be sure it is inside the maze.
- Slip stitch the opening.
- Optional: stitch along the outside edges.
|The design on the right is from Twin Dragon Flies Design (I had to edit a bit to fit my felt piece).|
Design and instructions copyright Simply Shoe Boxes. Please enjoy using this design for your personal use and for gift giving.