*Tutorial made by Kate @ See Kate Sew for her win during the Kids Can Do challenge*
vintage sheet or print fabric for the back
white fabric (I used a white sheet for this…leftover from my ruffle duvet)
heavy weight home decor fabric for names and boxes
a baby photo and recent photo for 12 family member/ancestors
make the game pieces
Scan in all of your photos and print them out onto your fabric paper. This is my favorite kind, June Tailor from fabric.com. Make sure to format them in whatever program you are using so they are all the same size. Mine are 3″ wide by 4″ tall.
Cut them out, leaving as much space around the edges as possible.
(This is my cute husband.)
For each piece, you’ll also need a back layer of white fabric and some inner layers for stability. I raided my scrap pile for the interfacing. I used one piece of felt or two layers of duck cloth. Both worked great and feel pretty much the same.
Pin up your open space and sew it using a blind stitch.
Oh look there’s baby me!
make the game board
Each person has their own little section on the game board. Made from rectangles of white fabric measuring about 8 1/4″ wide by 8″ tall. I cut out rectangle from the home dec fabric, 3″ by 4″ to match the size of the game pieces. The home dec fabric is backed with heat n bond, ironed in place, and then topstitched.
I thought it would be fun to make each person’s name what my baby would call them. I cut out each name from home decor fabric backed with heat n bond. It took forever.
So, first back some fabric with heat n bond.
Pin them on and cut them out.
You may not have to do this, depending on the fabric you use.
assemble game board
Lay out all your pieces how you want them (I did velcro later on most of them). Sew them together. I sewed them into rows first and then sewed the rows together.
Then put some batting in the middle and back it with your sheet or fabric. I used a little old quilt that I made but didn’t really like. I couldn’t throw it away of course, so now it’s happily padding up my game board. Pin it all together
|(hidden old quilt)
Baste around the edges and then cover it with quilt binding. I stitched in the ditch down the rows to keep the backing in place.
Add a pocket on the back and you’re done!
Now go try it out with your kid!