Instead of making a board and a drawstring bag, I made it all in one. It can be opened all the way out
and laid flat to play on. When drawn up it holds the tokens and the instruction sheet.
- 1" to 1 1/2" Tokens -- 5 of each color
- Ideas: buttons, poker chips, large flat beads, cardboard circles, sewn fabric circles
- 12 x 13" square outside fabric
- 12" square lining fabric
- 5 3/4" square solid color fabric
- 2 -- 45" long approx. 3/8" wide Drawstrings
- Ideas: crocheted chains, ribbon, sewn, shoe laces, rope, sewn from fabric
- Colored thread
- Fold under 1/4" on all edges of solid color square and press.
- Set aside.
- Cut outside fabric into two 6 1/2" x 12" squares.
- With right sides together and using a 1/2" seam allowance sew along one 12" edge as follows: stitch for 1/2" stop; leave 3/4" unstitched and begin stitching again -- stitch to within 1 1/4" of top edge and stop; leave 3/4" unstitched and stitch the remaining 1/2" to the top.
- Be sure to back stitch at all beginnings and endings.
- Press seam open.
Leave open between pins when stitching--both ends.
- Stitch around openings left in seam (stitched in black below).
- Fold piece into four and pin to hold even.
- Mark from corner out 6" every 1/2" or so and connect to make an arc. Cut along marking.
- Alternative method: use a 12" dinner plate to draw a circle on unfolded piece.
- Open out to form circle
If you look closely you can see the purple line.
- Use this circle to cut your lining piece.
- Center the solid color square onto the lining piece.
- Stitch close to edges.
- Mark your grid lines evenly apart on the solid square (or use a stitching guide on your machine). They will be approximately 1 3/4" apart.
- Stitch in contrasting color.
- Be sure to backstitch at ends or pull threads to back and tie so they do not come undone.
- With right sides together pin lining to outside.
- Stitch using 1/4" seam allowances leaving open 2" to 3" for turning.
I use two pins at the points I want to stop sewing (see top of image).
- Turn right side out and press, pressing under the seam allowance on the opening.
- Stitch close to upper edge.
- Stitch around again right below the openings left in the outside seam--in red below (this will form your casing).
- Thread drawstrings thru casing -- begin with one at one end, go thru casing, come out the second opening and go back in thru the other side. Both ends of one drawstring will be coming out the same opening.
- Begin the other drawstring at the other opening and repeat.
- Tie the ends of each drawstring to itself. If using ribbon be sure to finish the edge with Fray Check or burn them with a lighter.
- Pull both drawstrings at once and it will draw up into a tiny pouch to hold the instructions and tokens.
- Pull it open and either make it lay completely flat or leave a little edge around it like shown here to help keep tokens from falling off.
Designs often work out better in my mind and on paper than when executed. I love how this turned out except that the drawstrings have to be so long that they look extra long when drawn--but they can easily be carried over the child's shoulder which is a plus. And it draws up nice and small to fit in a shoe box!
How to Play Instruction Sheet
Here is the instruction sheet I made to add with the game. I made it so four could fit on one sheet of printer paper. You are welcome to use this in any games you make for yourself or gifts for others or your shoe boxes.
I will also be posting another sewn and an upcycled, no-sew Travel Tic-Tac-Toe Game.