DYI Tick Tack Toe Board

My kids are at the age where they love tick tack toe and other similar games.  I thought it would be nice to make a tick tack toe board for them to use when out and about.  I was thinking of making some for younger kids, so I wanted to have the playing pieces about 1 1/2 inches big.  I also wanted the front and back to be opposite fabric, both being fun looking for the kids.

It’s a pretty easy project!  You need two different pieces of fabric, one with a pattern and another solid color that matches the pattern.


First I cut three (3) 2 1/2 inche strips from both the pattern fabric and the solid fabric.  Then cut two (2) 1 inch strips from both the pattern and solid fabric.  

Take one piece of 2 1/2 inch pattern fabric and sew the 1 inch strip to the fabric.  Sew another 2 1/2 inch pattern fabric and 1 inch strip together.  Iron both flat and sew the two pieces together matching the pattern to the solid fabric.  Finally sew the last 2 1/2 inch pattern strip along the 1 inch solid strip.  You will want to do the same with the other solid 2 1/2 inch strips and pattern 1 inch strips.  Make sure to iron between steps.

How that you have a long strip of board pieces cut them 2 1/2, make sure to cut 3 pieces per tick tack toe board you are making (per side).

Cut two strips 1 inch wide that are the length of each piece, this should be about 7 3/4.  Sew the two strips between the three pieces similar to the first step above.  Make sure to iron between steps, and once the board is finished press it really good!  Take your front and back pieces and place them with the nice fabric on the inside.  You may want to trim any fabric that does not line up nicely.  Sew along each side leaving about an inch or two to flip it right side out.  Turn it right side out and use a chopstick to shape the corners.

Iron after turning right side out and be sure to iron the opening you used to turn it right side out so it’s easy to close it up when sewing along the edge.  Sew around edge and it’s done!

I purchased some large buttons from Amazon that worked really well for playing pieces!  They are all cute, fun and most important everything is washable!

Activity Bag for Kids

If you have kids, you know it can be a challenge to get them to sit for too long.  I used to stash some crayons and paper in my purse, but I just didn’t feel like the extra clutter anymore.  I also thought, as the kids got older, that different things would be fun to include.  This post will just be about making the bag, but you can fill them with just about anything!  One think I decided to stay away from are caryans because I didn’t want them to melt in the car, so I picked up some washable markers.  

I started with material, I picked up one fat quarter per bag, one zipper per bag, and a clip.  I thought 6×12 would be the ideal final size.  I also wanted the zipper to go along the long end, and I wanted to give zipper tabs a try!  Below is the final overview of what I used, each is per bag.

  • 6 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch piece for the back
  • 5 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch piece for the larger front piece
  • 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch piece for the top smaller front piece
  • 1 zipper that matches the fabric
  • 2 zipper tabs – They need to be at least 1/2 inch wider than the zipper and at least 5 or 6 inches long (or longer depending on how short your zipper is).  Mine ended up being 2 x 6 inches
  • 2 x 6 inch (you could make it 5 inches if needed), for the keychain strap
  • Keychain and clip.


Start by cutting your fabric for each bag.  Before cutting the zipper tabs check to see if they need to be longer than 6 inches (keep in mind it will be folded over, so I allotted about 2 1/2 inches per side).  


Zipper Tabs – The first thing I did was get the zipper ready, this started with making the zipper tabs.  Take your 2 x 6 inch pieces, two per bag and iron flat.  On one of the long ends iron about a 1/4 inch seam.  Take your zipper and slide it under the first seam and fold over the excess fabric to get the tab the same width of the zipper. Pull out the zipper before ironing, do not iron the zipper!  Iron a 1/4 inch seam on both short ends.  Last step is to fold in half and press all seams. The tabs are now easy to be seen onto the zippers. 


Time to sew the zipper tabs!  You need to avoid sewing on the metal, so keep that in mind when positioning the tabs on the zipper. When sewing the Bergen I get of the zipper, unzip slightly and use your fingers to keep the two pieces in place. 


Now that the zippers are completed, it’s time to sew the two front pieces onto the zipper.  Make sure to use your zipper foot, if you don’t have one expect to ruin a zipper or two if you aren’t perfect.  My machine came with one, once I figured out I had it – it has been a lifesaver!

Make sure the zipper is zipped all the way up, lay the zipper down with the zipper pull on the left side.  Take your small front piece and lay it on top of the zipper, look at the two ends to make sure the zipper is as even as you can.  Put it on the sewing machine with the zipper pull on the back of the machine and have the needle a little bit below the zipper pull.  My zipper had wide fabric attached, so I offset my fabric a little bit.  See the bottom images for the example.  Once you’ve sewn all the way down, the next step will be to un-zip the zipper and finish sewing the top part.

Flip the piece of fabric right side up and sew along the zipper, you should be able to go the entire length without hitting the zipper tab.  I always like to do this to give it a nice finished look and to also help secure the fabric.  I’ve also found if I don’t sew along the top like that, the zipper can get caught in the fabric from time to time.

Attach the bottom front piece similar just like you did the small top piece.  Make sure to also sew along the top.



After you finish the front piece it’s time to work on the key chain strap.  Fold the piece over and sew along the long end.  Turn the pieces inside out and iron flat.  I like to make sure the seam is in the middle when I iron.  Sew along the two edges to finish.

Now that all three main pieces are done it’s time to start laying them out.  Start with the front zipper piece.  I opened the zipper just slightly, then took the keychain piece (with keychain) and placed in the top right corner right next to the zipper pull.  I didn’t want the keychain piece to be too long so I lined it up with the base of the zipper.


After I put the keychain holder in place I used a clip to keep it in place.  Then lay the back of the bag facing down on top of the front piece.  After lining it up I clipped all four corners to get ready to sew.  


Sew along all four corners, you do NOT need to save a hole to turn it right side out becasue you have the zipper.  I always check to make sure I stitched correctly around all edges before I turn it over.  Trip off all extra fabric, then open up the zipper and turn right side out.


Turn the bag right side out and iron the edges.  Be very careful to not iron the zipper, if you do it might melt and not work.


Sew along the four edges to give it a nice finished look.  Attach the clip and your all done!


Here are a few more pictures of the finished prodcuts!  



The Grinch Stuffed Animal

Looking back at the pictures on my phone and past blog posts I realize I missed at least one sewing adventure. Enjoy the below post about how to make your own stuffed Animal pattern!

The Grinch More

Bean bags

A friend of mine asked about making bean bags, so when my youngest was invited to her first non-family birthday party I thought some homemade bean bags was in order. 

What you need:

  1. About a fat Quarter of fabric
  2. Rice, beans, or something to fell the bags with
  3. Thread to match the fabric (some hand stitching was in order)
  4. Funnel or paper to make a funnel

I made three sizes because I wasn’t sure what was the best size. I cut 6 inch squares, 4 1/2 inch squares, and 3 inch squares. The 4 1/2 seamed to be the Perferct size. 

Start by cutting your squares. I found the smaller sizes cutting the 3 inch squares was best so I could get the pattern to fit the best. For the larger sizes I cut a rectangle 6×12 and 4 1/2×9. 

Put the pieces inside out and stitch around, leaving about an inch. Then turn the pieces inside out and if necessary use a chopstick to push the corners out. Normally this is where I would iron, but I didn’t think that was necessary for this project.  Then I used a funnel to fill with rice. I tried to sew it closed using the machine, although I liked my bags a bit full. For all the bags shown below I used a total of about 2.5 bags. Hand stitch and you are good to go!

 

I had fun warping this gift, no tape necessary!  My kids liked the bean bags so much that I made them their own set, and I’ll be making another Thomas batch for a friend.