Sports with I’m Feelin’ Crafty- With an Inset Circle Tutorial

Well, another scheduling update! Today I’m filling in and we’ll get back to the real schedule on Monday!

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This year threw me for a loop! I couldn’t figure out what to do… Then it came to me, a sports themed quilt with circles. Then the whole ball thing came in to the picture. But what would I do with the quilt??? That’s when it totally fell into place!

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I have two best friends from high school who are awesome. They both had little girls right around the same time and each of their girls got quilts from me! One even got my first ever quilt! Then one of my friends had another child, but he never got a quilt… AND I remembered that this spring they told me they were decorating his room with a sports theme! So perfect!

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Now, how to make circles???? I tried a few ways and couldn’t get the right circle. Then I found a bunch of tutorials online for this freezer paper technique that is awesome! I take no credit for the technique, but it’s great! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it before now. In the video, the lady says people learn it and then just start making a bunch of circle quilts after learning the technique, and she’s right! I totally have a bunch of circle quilts ideas now!

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First you cut a hole in the freezer paper the size you want your circle to be and iron it on the wrong side of your fabric. Then cut out a hole in the fabric.

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Notch the fabric around the circle, but don’t cut all the way to the freezer paper.

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Use a glue stick and glue on the freezer paper around the circle. Then fold back the fabric, over the paper, and iron it down.

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Here I switched to regular school glue. Glue on the notches. Then place on your background fabric and iron in place.

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Then stitch in the ditch around the circle. (Sorry, not a great picture of this step…) Then pull off the freezer paper! You can trim down the background fabric around where you stitched!

The video is great too! If you learn better from videos, it’s a good one!

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For each of the balls, I printed the image of the ball and traced it with this tool to leave the indentation of the shape on the fabric.

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For both the tennis ball and the basketball, I just used an applique stitch along the lines of the white and brown of the balls. I also added freezer paper to the back of the fabric to help secure the fabric from bunching!

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The baseball was an easy one! Just a little red fancy stitch on some white fabric and your good!

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The soccer ball was the most time consuming of them all! I did a little english paper piecing for this one.

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And last, but not least… The bowling ball! For this one I used the same technique as above for the larger circles, but I topstitched it instead!

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Then I quilted it with pretty tight stitching to give the illusion of movement! and I think it worked!  I also love the ghosting of the ball on the back.

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I’m hoping the new owner will love it as much as I do!

 

 

 

 

Monopoly with Cook, Clean, Craft

Well, this season has seen a couple of scheduling snafu’s! This time, I’m off… My project was scheduled for Monday, but I had some technical difficulties and wasn’t able to get it posted. It’s done and I can’t wait to share, but…. I’ll sneak it in ASAP! Sorry!

BUT ANYWAY… THe real star of the show today is my blogger friend Narelle from Cook, Clean Craft! She’s one of my original Sew Ready to Play guests and I love that she comes back each year! Have you seen her blog? It’s awesome! So much fun stuff for the kiddos. Clothes, toys and even yummy food! But I guess her name could have told you that, huh! She’s inspired a few sewing projects in this house and one of her recipes has become a staple. I think of her every time I make it. One day I want to meet this woman in person! Welcome, Narelle!!!

I’m so happy to be back for another year of Sew Ready to Play. But to start with, let’s get one thing straight.

I HATE Monopoly!

My older brother always wanted me to play Monopoly when we were kids. The games lasted forever, and he always beat me. I remember tears, fist fights and the game board getting flipped over many a time.

When my son took an interest in Monopoly, my heart filled with dread. It’s just about the last game in the world I want to play. My 6 year old son loves numbers and money, so he thinks it’s fantastic (he even spent his pocket money to buy a second game – with electronic banking – because he loves it so much!). I try to avoid playing as much as possible, but sometimes I have to – oh the joys of being a Mother!

Monopoly was the first thing that came to mind for Sew Ready to Play. I thought about clothes for my son, but wasn’t inspired. Then I had the idea to make floor cushions or stools to sit on at our “board game table”. The idea stuck in my head, and before you know it, here’s what I made:

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They’re a sort of a stool, or a bean bag, or a really tall floor cushion.

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The floor cushions have different properties on the bottom too, to mix things up a bit:

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After having done some crazy cutting and machine applique in the past, this time around, I cheated and used my Brother Scan’N’Cut for cutting the letters, and Heat’n’Bond Ultrahold so I didn’t have to sew the letters in place. This will be a good test to see how it holds up to two small kids using the cushions.

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I tried to take a photo of my kids using them while playing Monopoly, but it’s a dark room, and my kids won’t stay still, so this is the best I got:

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Here’s the tutorial for how to sew monopoly floor cushions or stools – these instruction make 2 floor cushions.

Materials

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2.5m (2.75 yards) black quilting cotton
1m (1.1 yards) pale green/spearmint quilting cotton
20cm (8”) strip of quilting cotton in red, pink, green and orange
30cm (12”) Heat’n’Bond Ultrahold
7m (7.7 yards) Black Bias Binding
7m (7.7 yards) Piping cord (Size 2)
Scissors, thread, sewing machine
Basting Spray (optional)
Brother Scan’n’Cut (optional)
Beanbag beans, pillows or polyfill to stuff (I’m not sure how much – I stole the beans out of a beanbag that I don’t like!)

Instructions

Cut a 30cm (12”) by 17cm (7”) strip from each of the colours for the top of the properties (red, green, pink and orange for these ones!).

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Cut 4 pieces the light green fabric that are 50cm x 30cm (20” x 12”). This is the top and bottom of each floor cushion.

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Spray some basting spray (optional) on the back of the coloured strip, and place on top of one of the light green pieces, lining up the top edge.

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Sew a short zigzag stitch along the bottom of the coloured strip with black thread. I used a stitch length of 0.6 and width of 4.5.

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Attach the Heat’n’Bond Ultrahold to the wrong side of a 30cm x 30cm (12” x 12”) piece of black quilter’s cotton, following the packet instructions.

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Either trace your letters onto the backing paper, and cut out by hand, or use a Brother Scan’n’Cut to cut out the letters. I used the Brother Scan’n’Cut Canvas online app to create the lettering, using a standard font. I also selected the properties with the least number of letters! I had to add lines to an S to create the dollar sign.

My letters cut beautifully – here is what was left of my fabric:

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Peel the backing paper off the letters, and arrange on the pale green fabric. Iron in place, following the directions on the Heat’n’Bond Ultrahold.

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Repeat for the over 3 light green pieces to make 4 properties in total.

To make the piping, iron the bias binding flat (ie iron out the pre-made folds in it). Fold it in half and place the piping cord against the fold. With a long stitch length, sew the bias binding together close to the cord. Using a zipper foot can help get close to the piping cord.

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Then you should have a long spaghetti of piping:

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Pin the piping cord around the edge of the right side of the light green fabric, make a small curve at the corners. The raw edges of the base fabric and the cord should line up.

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Where the two ends meet, unpick the basting stitches so you can see the cord.

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Snip the piping cord so there is just enough to go around the outside of the base fabric. Fold over the raw edge of one end of the piping, and then fold that section over the top of the other raw end.

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With a long basting stitch, sew the piping cord into place.

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Cut 4 strips of black fabric that are 50cm (20”) x 76cm (30”). This is for the sides of the two cushions. Sew the 50cm (20”) edges of two pieces together to form a cylinder.

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With right sides together, pin the black cylinder to the pale green fabric, lining up the raw edges.

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Sew in place.

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Repeat for the bottom of the floor cushion, but this time, leave a 15cm gap along one edge.

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Turn the floor cushion right way out. Fill with beanbag beans, stuffing or pillows, and hand-stitch the opening closed.

How to sew a monopoly floor cushion or stool. Fun sewing tutorial as part of Sew ready to Play.

And there you have a reversible Monopoly-inspired floor cushion or stool.

Thanks again for having me, Louise. For more sewing, craft and homemaking inspiration, head over to Cook Clean Craft.

Be sure to stop back by for more!
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Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Pac-Man with Paisley Roots

Today I’m excited to introduce Karly from Paisley Roots. I’ve known Karly for a few years now and am amazed at all the awesome clothes she produces for her kiddos! And herself! Lately I haven’t been able to sew for just one kid, and she sews for all FIVE of her kids! No idea how she does it. Amazing! If you haven’t seen her blog, be sure to check it out. She’s very inspiring! Welcome, Karly!

I’m so excited to be back on Sew Ready to Play again this year! Since last year, I have started to homeschool my kids, so games have become a much bigger thing in our house. If you then throw in my husbands influence of computer and Nintendo games, we’ve got a whole new level of geekiness going on. I’m even going to Comic Con this year and am beyond excited about it!

If you couldn’t already tell, I went with Pacman for our game. My kids haven’t actually played it before, but they love watching the show and it’s one of their favorite characters.

To make Jude’s hoodie I used the Bimaa hoodie (it’s one of my favorites!) Then I just appliqued Pacman and some pac-dots on the front. I traced a paint can for Pac-man. I knew there was a reason I needed to hang onto it!

 I had really wanted to make the other kids ghost hoodies, but life is chaos with homeschool and time got away from me. It’s still going to happen.

Thank you so much for having us Louise!

Be sure to stop back by for more!
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Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Othello with Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts

Welcome to another awesome project for Sew Ready to Play! Today I have a new friend joining us, Stacey from Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts. I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of kids clothes bloggers out there and it seems like 90% of them sew primarily for girls! It’s kinda like trying to shop for boys clothing, the girls department is as big as the women’s department and the boys get 3 racks. Well… When I find a good boys blogger, I’m smitten! And that’s what I found when I found Stacey’s blog! I love it! She has such great projects for her house of boys. We haven’t gotten to ‘know’ each other too well yet, but I’ve been following her for years and was totally stoked when she agreed to play along! Welcome, Stacey!
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Hi!  I’m Stacey and I blog over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts where I design and sew kids clothing and post about activities to keep the kids busy.  I’ve been following along with the Sew Ready to Play series for the last few years and I’m so excited to be here today. I went back and forth between our three favorite board games and finally settled on sharing an Othello inspired project.  I have to admit, my three sons would probably each have chosen a different game but this one is MY favorite.  I can’t tell you how happy I am that the boys have moved past Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. Strategy games are our new passion and you can believe with three boys in the house, things can get pretty competitive.

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I used the Bimaa Sweater pattern and altered it just a bit for a tank style sleeve with ribbing but any t-shirt pattern would work here.  I feel a bit silly writing this as a tutorial, considering it’s a pretty straight forward embellishment, but I’ll run your through the basics.

First, use a ruler to measure out your stitching for the game board.  I went with 2 1/2 inch boxes and played a bit with how big I wanted it to be.  In the end, I decided not to stitch the last row of boxes.  One of the great things about a water soluble marker is that you can just dab some water on and away the lines disappear.

Once I had the board set up to my liking, I went ahead and cut out white and black circles from wool felt.

 

Top stitch along  your marker lines to create the game board.  I used a turquoise thread to mimic the green of the original game board but any color would work. Then I switched to black thread to applique the game pieces in place.  As you can see by a few wrinkles in my board that a tear away stabilizer would have been helpful.  Learn from my mistake, don’t cut corner folks!

Once that’s set, move along to finishing out the rest of the t-shirt steps.  I went with a fun pop of geometric print to line the hoodie and well as some contrast ribbing to add another element of play on the game board design.

It took some time for this game loving kid to pick up on the wax and wane of the game, and how often the “winner” changes hands, but let me tell you, this kid beats my butt more time than not.  His brother’s better watch out because this kid is future Othello World Cup material!

Here’s the list of amazing creators that are playing along this year! Be sure to check out the other game inspired projects.
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Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Operation with Max California

Hello again! We got off schedule a bit, but we’re back on! Today is one of the most creative bloggers I know in making fun things for her kiddos!  I love seeing what she come s up with for the kids! She does some awesome superhero and star wars fun on Sew Geeky and I loved her Little Mermaid outfit. It brought back memories from my little Mermaid costume from high school!!  I’m so honored to have her back again to celebrate the five year anniversary of the series!!! Welcome Ari, from Max California!

Hey guys! I missed out on Sew Ready To Play last year because of my inability to check emails in a timely fashion but fortunately I was lucky enough to snag a spot this year! Two years ago I brought you the Lego Indiana Jones shirt, and this year I’ve got something a little more low-key but totally up my boy’s alley anyway!

Would you believe I have never once played Operation? I saw it a few times in my friends’ games cupboards etc but I never ever got to play it! Every time I saw it at the shops I always wanted to buy it, but just never got around to it. UNTIL NOW! My biggest fear with this game was that I would get electrocuted! You know how there’s those pranks where you hold a pen or something and it zaps you? Yeh, clearly I’ve been tricked too much in the past so I was a bit worried about a game that was going to electrocute me and the kids… however fortunately I was way off ahha.

Since it’s the new game in the house, I decided to make Vincent an Operation Shirt! It’s pretty basic and straight forward but I’ll give you a little mini tutorial for it anyway!

I used the free shirt pattern by Dana over at Made (size 5/6) because it’s just the right size for Vin Dawg. You can really use any shirt pattern you like (obviously!).

I originally had the pieces cut out of fleece and was handsewing them together so they were kind of a lttle puffy and sturdy, HOWEVER it was just coming out really ugly so halfway through the wishbone I scrapped the idea and started again. Using really thick interfacing, I cut out the heart, wishbone and ‘funny bone’ and attached a little press stud through them. Then I found the places on the shirt where I wanted them to go and attached the other part of the snaps. I’m a little worried because the yellow fabric i chose is super crazy ridiculously stretchy, so there’s not a lot of support there. If i had a do-over I would have used iron-on interfacing on the inside of the shirt where the snaps go. Vin just can’t rip his Operation pieces off his shirt as dramatically as he may have wanted.

Since the pieces are small, you can sew them on before you assemble the shirt or afterward; it really doesn’t make that much difference but I did it before I sewed the shirt together just in case I made a mistake I didn’t want to ruin an entire shirt! I was originally going to have the shirt black because black shirts go with everything in Vincent’s wardrobe, but I found the yellow in my stash and figured it was a little more classic! I think the pieces would look even better if I had stitched them to some black felt a bit larger than the outlines.

The little guy loves his new shirt! And his little sister is incredibly jealous so I guess I’m going to have make an Operation Shirt 2.0!

Thank you for having me Louise!
And thank you, Ari!!
Be sure to stop back by for more!
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Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Checkers Quilt with Busy Being Jennifer

Today’s guest is Jennifer, from Busy Being Jennifer! And she is one busy lady! You’ll have to check out her blog to see all the fun things she’s up to! She has so many fun things, I wasn’t sure what to expect from her for the series. We met through our do.Good Stitches Circle, so to see a quilty project is no surprise! I love it! Take a look…..

Helloooooo Sew Ready to Play Friends! I’m Jennifer, the crafty, sometimes blonde mind behind BusyBeingJennifer.com and I’m so happy to be here today!

Sewing is pretty much my favorite thing! Well right after coffee, my puppy and the husband (in no particular order of course 😉 )

When Louise asked me to be a part of her Sew Ready to Play series, I jumped at the chance… and then had the hardest darn time coming up with an idea! I was too busy reading and crafting as a kid to really be interested in many games. I remember playing card games with my grandparents, and then I remembered how much I loved to play checkers with my Nana! And then I knew exactly what I wanted to make!

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This Quilted Fabric Checkerboard project came to me in an instant! And playing with large buttons just seemed to be the perfect touch!

Here’s what you need to make your own Quilted Fabric and Button Checkers Game!

8 low volume fabrics

8 contrasting color fabrics (I went with my fav Teals & Aquas)
Quilt Batting

Backing fabric

Rulers, cutting mat & rotary cutter

Sewing Machine and coordinating thread
Pinking shears

12 Large Buttons in 2 different colors.

Making the Fabric Checkerboard

Step 1: Cut 1 8.5 x 2 inch strip from each of the 16 fabrics. Sew 4 strips together, alternating LV and Colors (as shown). Iron seams flat.

Step 2: Cut the sew together strips into 4  2 inch wide sections. Mix and match and sew the strips together in groups of 4 to make squares. Press the seams open.

Step 3: Sew the 4 squares together to make 1 large square. (for a total of 64 “checker” squares)
Step 4: Square up your large block. Add some 1.5 inch sashing around the edge. Layer your checkerboard top over a piece of quilt batting (slightly bigger than the “board” piece) and add your backing piece (Slightly bigger than the batting piece). Quilt all three layers together.

Step 5: Square up the whole quilted piece and trim with pinking shears.

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All that’s left to do is set up your buttons and get to playing! Have fun!!

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I hope y’all liked this quick and simple sewing tutorial! I’d love it if you’d drop by BusyBeingJennifer.com and said hello!

When I’m not sewing, I’m probably blogging, chilling on Facebook, wasting time on Pinterest or sharing pics on Instagram!

 

Thanks Jennifer!!
Be sure to stop back by for more!
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Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Candy Land Quilt with A Quilter’s Table

Here we go. Season 5 of Sew Ready to Play starts today! And a big thank you to my quilty friend, Debbie, from A Quilter’s Table! Debbie and I met years ago at our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild meeting. And we’ve been friends ever since that first meeting. She’s one of the most creative and inspiring people I know. I can’t wait for you to see what she has for us today! Welcome Debbie!

It’s been a couple of years since I sewed along with Louise/I’m Feelin’ Crafty on her annual Sew Ready to Play blog hop. She’s celebrating 5 years this year, so how could I resist? I knew right off I wanted to make something based on the first board game we played with our children when they were small, and years later, the first we brought out for grandgirl – Candy Land! Couldn’t resist making a small quilted play mat reminiscent of the game board.

Supplies needed for quilt top (40″x38″):
2 yards background fabric
solid scraps

Directions:
Cut 2″ squares from your colored scraps. I chose the colors of every third or so square on my game board, but feel free to personalize by adding more or less. I used: 7 red, 7 orange, 1 pink, 5 green, 4 blue, 6 yellow, 4 purple – 34 total.


Trim squares on both sides to make them ‘tumbler’ shapes. I didn’t measure, as I wanted more of an improv look. I also stacked several squares before cutting, which made quick work of it.
Cut a few strips of background fabric, 1 1/2″ wide, then into 3″ and 4 1/2″ sections, cutting more strips as you need them. Sew 3″ pieces to each side of a tumbler and press. You could easily strip piece if you prefer.
Trim top and bottom even with tumbler.
Sew 4 1/2″ strips to top and bottom, and press. Repeat for remaining tumblers.
Trim each block to 2 1/2″, being sure to leave at least 1/4″ on all sides of the colored tumbler. I trimmed some ‘straight.’
And I angled some to match the curves on the game board.
Now cut 355 – 2 1/2″ squares from your background fabric.
Piece your blocks into rows, then your rows into a quilt top!

 

Now it’s time to baste and quilt as desired! I followed the path from the Candy Land board, then filled in around it, finishing my quilt mat off with a sweet candy cane-edged border.
Thanks, Louise, for inviting me to sew and play again! I’ve had fun reminiscing and grandgirl even enjoyed playing a round of Candy Land on the play mat! Tomorrow I’ll post about all the fabric and technique details over at A Quilter’s Table. Join me there then, or any time, if you enjoy quilting, other random sewing, and a bit of table talk. If you’re on Instagram, you can find me at #aquilterstable. Hope to see you around!
Thanks Debbie!!
Be sure to stop back by for more!
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Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Sew Ready to Play Season 5!

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Are you ready to play? Are you ready for a month of sewing projects inspired by games??? I am! I’m so excited to see what my awesome guests have lined up for this years season of Sew Ready to Play!! This is the fifth season! I can’t believe how much fun every year has been and that this is my fifth anniversary of games!

If you’re new and never played along, Sew Ready to Play is a series of sewing projects inspired by your favorite games!! It can be anything from kids clothes to adult clothes, stuffies to a handmade version of the game. I have a tendency to make handmade versions of the game, like pick up sticks and memory. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year! It’s always so fun to see what games people play and what those games inspire. Be sure to check out all the tutorials from the past years here.

Here’s the list of amazing creators that are playing along this year!  Be sure to join us often!!!

Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Sew Ready to Play Recap

Wow! Another season of Sew Ready to Play has come to an end. I can’t believe it! I just have to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that played along this season. Everything was so fantastic! And so creative! I love just seeing how everyone interprets the games.

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And in case you missed any here’s the recap…

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Alpha Bandits by Jenn from A Jennuine Life

Balderdash by Karly from Paisley Roots

Chutes and Ladders by Jacqueline from Begin with B

Dominos  by  liZ from Simple Simon and Co

Puzzles by Melanie from Filles a Maman

Name That Tune by Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Cash Cab by Al from  Shaffer Sisters

Picnic Party by Irene from Froo and Boo

Queen of Hearts by Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Hungry Hungry Hippos by Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

UNO by Vicki from Sew Inspired

Thanks again for a such great tutorials, inspirations and fun!

 

Hungry Hungry Hippo with Frances Suzanne

Today’s guests are more new friends from my days with Project Run and Play! I can’t wait to meet these follow Alabamians one day! The ladies at Frances Suzanne make the most precious clothes for their nieces! Amazing work! To me it reminds me of the south and the clothes I grew up in.  I am so jealous about how beautiful all their piping is! They also run a really fun series on their blog, Flip This Pattern. I love seeing what everyone creates from the different patterns! Be sure to check them out!

Welcome Ashley and Emily!

Hi, I’m Feelin’ Crafty Readers!! We are thrilled to be joining you in the “Sew Ready to Play” series, and are thankful Louise challenged us to once again get those creative juices flowing….while producing a garment, based on a theme. In case you aren’t aware of us {or what we do}, we are two sisters that sew for our other sister’s children – three girls, ages almost 4 to newborn. And, if you like what you see….we welcome you to follow along on our many sewing adventures as we work to create some unique and special garments for our nieces.

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A few months ago, we introduced EA and CL to the “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” game….a LOUD, childhood favorite of ours. Yes, the original game…from our childhood. You’ve got to love those colors, don’t you?!?! Well, CL FELL IN LOVE with it! As in, she asks for it whenever she comes to visit…

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Ground rules have been established: There is absolutely no playing of the game when anyone is asleep in the house, and all marbles must be accounted for upon completion of the game. Oh, and to start the game we all throw our hands in the air to get started {keeping it fair for anyone trying to get a “head start!”}.

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After YEARS of game play, we have ALL our marbles {literally, not figuratively}…..save one. Pretty impressive, huh?? Still, to incorporate that little trivia fact into our dress, the green hippo is sans one marble button. Technically, it might have been because Jo-Anns had no more button “marbles” left after we passed through a few weeks ago, and they hadn’t restocked yet. BUT, the story sounds so much better :).

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So, about the dress…. We began with the Oliver and S, Roller Skate Dress {size 18-24 mo}: A COMPLETELY “flippable” dress {sewn once before with minor flips}, but for this one we left it practically as-is and detailed instead.

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“Color-blocked” piping was added around the neck and sleeve edges. While we LOVE adding piping to garments, we had never tried a “color-blocked” affect. Super easy, and super satisfying!!

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“How easy?” you might ask. SIMPLE!! Follow the directions below to make your own color-blocked piping. Choose your colors, choose your width….and you have yet another way to make a garment completely unique…

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We then reverse appliqued four “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” along the hem of the dress {using this tutorial}….mimicking the game board, and positioned in the same order. Each hippo had a little top-stitching detail added, as well as two button eyes for good measure.

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Then, five button “marbles” were added beside each one – with the first “marble” being placed on an additional black tab. Again, just like the game board!

What did CL think?? First…she thought they were owls {??? Monkeys maybe…but OWLS???}!! Just keeping it real, people :).

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But after further inspection, she noticed the “marbles” and then recognized the dress as the “Hippo Game” dress. YAHOO, and SUCCESS in our books!!!

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Our only regret: not being able to incorporate the hippos’ names within our design. Classic, huh? We especially find humor in the pink hippo’s name: Harry!!!

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Currently, we are bucking for CL to be the “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” game board for Halloween. What do you think? Would it pass inspection in your neighborhood??