Playing a game of memory is a childhood classic. It’s fun for kids at a young age all the way to adults. Usually the only memory games that you can find in the store are made of little cardboard cards. If you want to make a differant version try out this fabric version. It’s harder to destroy than the cardboard cards so maybe it will stick around to be passed down from one sibling to the next.
You will need various fabric scraps with fun kid friendly patterns on them. This is a great scrap buster because you will only need two 4″ x 4″ fabric pieces of each pattern. I like to make each game with 15 matching sets. So, you will also need 30 4″x 4″ solid pieces of fabric for the backs of the cards. You can make the game with as many sets as you like. Inside each card you will need cotton batting to give the cards a little bit of stability. Cut those 4″ x 4″ also.
To prepare for sewing stack each card with the cotton batting on the bottom, lay the solid back on top right side up then place the fun pattern fabric right side down. Sew around the edges leaving about a two inch opening on one side to turn it.
Once you have sewn all of the squares trim the corners at an angle. I also run a lint brush over them to make sure there are no strings attached that will show through light colored fabrics. Next you will turn all of the cards right side out and poke each corner gently with a chopstick to make sure the corners look tidy. This can be a rather long process so I always turn on a good show and sit on the couch for this! Once you have them turned press them so they are flat and tidy. I like to press them with the solid side up. That helps to make sure the patterns don’t show when they are face down.
Now it’s time to topstitch the cards to close the opening and to give it a polished look. I always separate the cards into color families so that I can do all the same color thread at one time. I sew them with the solid color face up and thread the sewing machine with thread that matches that best. Then change the bobbin thread to coordinate best with the patterned fabric. Once you have sewn them all just trim the threads and you are finished!
I like to make a little drawstring bag to store the game pieces in. I hope you enjoy making the memory game and hope that it is enjoyed by your little ones! If you have any questions leave it in the comments below. You can find more sewing tutorials here! I have games for sale in my Etsy shop if you like the game but aren’t interested in making it.