Fabric Memory Game Tutorial

March 7, 2016
Tutorial for Fabric Memory Game

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.

Supplies for making the memory game

Solid fabric for the backs of each card, scrap fabric with fun patterns, and cotton batting.

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.

Sewing game pieces

The left side is stacked ready to sew. The right stack shows the pieces sewn together with two of the corners already trimmed.

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.

Making fabric memory game card pieces

Trim the corners at an angle before you turn them right side out. This will make much smoother corners.

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.

Top stitching the fabric memory game cards

The left stack has been turned and the corners poked out with a chopstick. The right stack has been top stitched.

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!

Fabric memory game pieces

Bag for the matching game

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.


How to make a fabric memory Game



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  • Reply Cindy Harris March 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    One of my favorites. I love playing memory games w/the grands.

    • Reply fabulousindeed March 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply BOB March 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve actually seen this game in real life and can attest to its “fabulousness”! So kid-friendly and adorable. The drawstring bag just send s it over the top. GREAT Baby shower or kid birthday gift.

    • Reply fabulousindeed March 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate that!

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