Saturday, August 31, 2019

More Memory Games!

by Alisa

I'm still going strong on memory games as gifts for babies and little kids. I've made two more sets in last year or so - the first is an update on the 'jolly jungle' set with a cute little pouch and the 2nd is no-sew!

Jolly Jungle Memory Game v2.0

I had enough flannel left over from the previous version of the Jolly Jungle memory game to make a set for a baby shower last December. I followed my original tutorial for the game and added in a pouch and a card with the game instructions. 

The pouch is from the design demonstrated by Sew Very Easy in their "Fat-Quarter Friendly Draw String Bags" video tutorial. The bag is great for this use because it has a handy pocket to hold a card with the instructions for the memory game.  

The instructions for play were adapted from rules for playing Memory.

No-Sew Memory Game

I wanted to make a new memory game for a friend's two-year-old granddaughter so I went looking for fabric and found the "Windy Day" collection from Makower UK. I purchased a yard of the Teal Circles from NovartCreative on Etsy. I purchased the 'foxglove' wool blend felt from Benzie Design on Etsy for the backs.

After some trial-and error in deciding between square or round pieces and whether to stitch or not, I decided to simply fuse the fabric to the felt using Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible webbing sheets and then cutting out squares. I think they will hold up fine and it was simpler than trying to cut and stitch circles!

I wanted a simple pouch to hold the game pieces and after digging around in my stash and not finding anything I purchased a pack of multicolor 5" x 7" organza pouches from Amazon and picked out the pink color to use.

The last time I made this game, I included the instructions on a card I tucked into the pouch pocket, this time I thought I would make another game piece that listed the instructions.  I printed the instructions onto an inkjet fabric sheet that I had on hand and then fused that to the felt and cut to the same size as the pieces. It turned out great!