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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!


  

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