Friday, July 29, 2011

Felted Tic Tac Toe To Go Tutorial (to do with kids!)

This is all done with hand stitching.  And is a super fun project to do with little one's as well! 

Originally I was going to do a series of tutorials where you use hand stitches and then have how-to's on Thursday's for the hand stitches.  

Then the fabulous BariJ started, www.welovefrenchknots.com.  Bari does such an awesome job that here is no reason to reinvent the wheel. So, for this tutorial you will want to review how to do a blanket stitch by hand. Check out the tutorial video that Bari did here: http://www.welovefrenchknots.com/2011/07/blanket-stitch-how-to.html .

If you are nervous...don't be! My little man could even do one!

Now back to this week's project.  When I was little my great grandma had a tic tac toe set made out of felt and  I've wanted to remake it for a while now.  I called up my mom to see if she had a picture of the original one or if she knew anyone who did.  She told me that one of my cousins had made it!  My cousin, whom we always affectionately referred to as Auntie Aye. :)  Hi Auntie Aye!  *waves* 
said, 
"that was just something I whipped up-- make it anyway you like !!!! I have one here at the house .. I made them out of 2 pieces of felt .....sewn together --inside the # outside 2 pockets for the x and o all made from felt--- I bet you could really make a cool one out of quilting !!"
Later I may work on a cool quilted one!  For now though here is my replica, because I loved playing with the one at my great grandma's house and the memories that go along with it. 

MATERIALS
  • 3 Pieces of different colored felt
    • 1 Piece for X pieces & pocket
    • 1 Piece for the O pieces & pocket
    • 1 Piece for the base
  • Scraps of felt in another color
    • For the "game board" 
    • For the closure
  • Matching embroidery floss, I really like a thicker one for this project.
  • Button
DIRECTIONS
1.  Print the Template Sheet
2.  Cut out the template pieces then cut out pieces on the felt.
For the pocket, cut out 1 in your X color and 1 in your O color.
3.  Set template pieces aside. 
4.  Take your base piece and fold in half width wise.  Press with your fingers.   

5.  Unfold.
6.  Place each pocket on the side of the fold line. 
Do this with the curved edges of the pockets pointing towards and parallel to the fold line.
Keep the pockets equidistant from the fold line.
Pin in place.
7. Then with your little helper use a blanket stitch to attach the pockets to the base.  
the needle should only go through the middle of the base felt, not all the way through it.  Then it will only show slightly through the other side.  
8.  Using the blanket stitch, edge stitch around the base. 
9.  Cut a button hole near the curved edge of the closure tab. 
The nice thing about felt projects is that felt does not fray, so you can cut a button hole and leave it unfinished...or if you like you can finish it! :) 

10.  Edge stitch around the closure tab.
11.  Attach the closure tab to the base at the center of one of the shorter edges.
The straight short edge of the closure tab should run parallel to the base edge and the pocket opening. 
This is a fagoting stitch, which allows you to connect the two blanket stitched edges:
 
12.  Fold base in half with the pockets on the outside. Fold closure tab over, closing the base.  
13.  Draw a line on the base through the button hole. 
14.  Sew the button on over the line. 
15.  Unfold base.  Take two strips and place them parallel to the fold line, about 2-3" apart.  Glue with fabric glue or use your choice of fabric fuse product to attach. 
16.  Place other two strips on top, perpendicular to the first two, creating a tic tac toe board.  
17.  Place pieces inside matching pockets! 
 And voila!   Fun on the run.  Plus, felt is so inexpensive you don't have to worry about losing pieces.  You can just remake 'em.  Wouldn't a bunch of different travel felt games be great kid's party favors?  

3 comments:

Tam said...

My 2 great nieces will love this. Thanks for sharing.

Celeste Teat said...

This is so going to be a Christmas Gift! Thanks for sharing the idea!

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