Friday, July 17, 2009

Travel Checkers

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Going on vacation? Pack this travel checkers game in your suitcase. It's easy to make and easy to store, too!




Level:
Easy
Creation time:
3h



Supplies

Materials

  • 1 square of cotton fabric, 36 cm (14-3/16 inches) each side
  • 1 square of cotton fabric, 36 cm (14-3/16 inches) each side, for the lining
  • 1 strip of fabric measuring 144 x 4 cm (56-11/16 x 1-9/16 inches), from the same fabric as the lining
  • White embroidery thread (and black if you want to embroider black squares)
  • White and black Fimo clay
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Aluminum foil

Tools

  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Oven
  • Fabric pencil
  • Embroidery needle
  • Ruler
  • Cookie cutter (or a coin) to cut out the checkers from the Fimo clay
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Instructions

Game board

  • With a fabric pencil, draw a margin of 3 cm (1-3/16 inches) around the main fabric. This will give you with a 30-cm (11-7/8 inches) square.

  • Draw horizontal and vertical lines every 3 cm (1-3/16 inches) within this square.

  • Stitch over these lines with a couching stitch. This will give you 100 squares.

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  • Embroider every other square as you wish: here, geometrical motifs inspired by Bogolan, a Malian fabric-dyeing method, are used.

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  • From the lining fabric, cut out 2 strips measuring 36 x 4 cm (14-3/16 x 1-9/16 inches) and 2 strips measuring 35 x 4 cm (13-3/4 x 1-9/16 inches).

  • Make a double fold in the strips, bringing each end to meet in the center. Flatten the folds with an iron.

  • Sew the fabric strips around the game board and its lining, joining them together.

Checkers

  • With a cookie cutter, cut 20 white and 20 black checkers from Fimo clay.

  • Cook them in the oven at 140°C (285°F) for 30 minutes and check to make sure they're thoroughly cooked.
    NB: If they're a little thick, cook them longer.

  • Let them cool.

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Jeu de dames de votage, tuto gratuit, loisirs créatifs, activités manuelles

Jeu de dames de votage, tuto gratuit, loisirs créatifs, activités manuelles

Tips

  • Instead of Fimo clay, use colored pebbles, seeds, or small shells as checkers.

  • To make the game board more quickly, draw the squares on 3D fabric with a felt-tip pen.

Source: "Les tutos de Pamina" ("Pamina's Tutorials")




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