Sew Ready to Play Pick Up Sticks

Yea! We’re on! Another series of Sew Ready to Play starts now!! Starting with Pick Up Sticks!

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I’ve realized two things about myself and this series. The first one is I make actual games! I invite everyone and tell them to make something ‘inspired by’ their favorite games. Me. I seem to make the actual game! Last year I made a Memory game. This year a giant sized Pick Up Sticks! The second thing… We always seem to come up with the game while we’re camping. I have to say that the family helps me come up with my games!

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We have had some fun with this one!

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So you throw them up as high as you can…

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Watch them drop! And of course, if they fall on you, they don’t hurt!

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And then play the game!

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They are super simple to make! I’ll show you how. All you need is different colored fabrics, a cutting device, the pattern and some stuffing (ok, a lot of stuffing that I forgot to put in the picture!).

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First, Fold your fabric. First in half, so that the seam allowances are together. Then over again.

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Secondly, lay out the pattern. Make sure the two sides that say to cut on fold are situated correctly on the folds.

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The third step is to cut. After I cut, I was sure I had done it wrong, so don’t get nervous! Just unfold and you should have exactly the right pieces!

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Fourth.. Sew the ends and the one side that isn’t the fold. Don’t forget to leave a hole for pulling through and stuffing.

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The fifth step is to trim the ends to help get the pointy-est ends possible.

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The sixth step is to pull it through itself, so right sides are out.

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Seventh Step- Stuff! This is where the whole process slows down a bit. And here are a couple of tips for stuffing the very ends. Don’t use a lot of stuffing at first. And secondly, I used my frixion pen to really get it in the tip. Other pens and sticks kinda go right through the stuffing. But I think maybe it’s the eraser at the end, but it really helps get the stuffing into the very tip.

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The last step is to hand stitch the hole closed.

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And then repeat! Over and over!

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And lastly… Take them outside and play!

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And if you decide you’re tired of playing pick up sticks you can always have a super skinny pillow fight!

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Or you can pretend you’re a multi colored banana….

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And for the Pick Up Sticks Container and lid, we used a concrete forming tube  and wrapped it in poster board. Is Pick Up Sticks a favorite in your house?

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