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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Free Tutorial Tuesday: Matching Game

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a free tutorial from our fabulous Morgan. We often post these as PDF's to download, but for this one we decided to do it all right here in the blog post.  Here's Morgan: 

Hey everyone! I'm sure you all are busy working on our awesome Valentine's Day Challenge so this week's how-to is a very sweet and simple scrap buster. And it may be easy enough for some of your kiddos to do!

I must admit I'm a sucker for any toy that is handmade, and if that toy ends up being handmade and educational then I'm one happy Momma! With that said I've recently been racking my brain for some new little toys to make my Ayla, so when a friend of mine suggested making a matching game, I knew exactly what I was going to do! So without further ado, here it is! The scrap-buster Fabric Matching Game!

As you can see, I used a mix of patterned and themed fabrics for this set. Ayla loves the one with owls on them and giggles every time she sees them. In the future I'd like to make her a set with the alphabet, where she matches the upper and lower case letters together. She's only 19 months old so I've got plenty of time for that, right?

So let's get into how I made these adorable little matching cards. To start, I cut two 3.5" x 3.5" squares of felt, and one 3.5" x 3.5" square of the woven fabric:

Then using a piece of paper, I made myself a 2.5" x 2.5" square template and used it to cut out the center of one of the felt squares, as show below.

Next I sandwiched the woven fabric between the felt squares so that the right sides of the fabric pieces are all facing out. Then I sewed along all four sides of the outer and inner edges.

Then I repeated the steps so that I had two matching cards and I was done!

Pair several of these card sets with our free Drawstring Bag Freebie and you've got yourself one of the cutest handmade toys around! 

And what an adorable little gift idea that could last a kiddo for years. Another great part of this adorable handmade toy is that you can continue to add to it. For now Ayla's set contains 8 cards. Once we've mastered these, I'll make a few more to add to her bag.

Alrighty guys, that's it from me today. I hope you all have a wonderful and creative Tuesday!

Happy sewing y'all,

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