DIY Fabric Game Board

DIY Game Board

With the season of adventure in full swing, it felt like the perfect time to make a portable game board that we could easily bring in a backpack or suitcase.

The board I made has two sides, one is a quilted checkerboard while the other has a pocket to hold the wooden game pieces and a tic-tac-toe game board. 

The pieces themselves are solid colors on one side and have x's and o's on the other. . .

. . . perfect for soaking up those last moments of summer. . .

. . . along with an ice cold lavender limeade.

Cloth Tic-Tac-Toe and Checkers Game Board:

  • 1/2 yard scrap fabric (at least two different colors
  • wooden discs (available at most craft stores, or you could use buttons or bottle caps
  • ribbon (for tying the board closed
  • paint
  • permanent markers

Rip your fabric in strips that are 1/4" larger than your desired checker square on all sides. Then, sew those strips together alternating colors.  Once you have them all sewn together, cut strips perpendicular to the stripes to make your checkers.  Then rearrange these pieces so that they form a checkerboard pattern (you'll have to shift the strips a bit to the left and right each time to do this) and trim off any excess.  Sew these strips together to make your square.

Once you have your square back it with a solid colored piece of fabric, and then sew a pocket (I just used some of the left over strips I sewed in the first step) by laying a piece of finished fabric over the bottom third of the solid fabric side and top-stitching three of the sides.

For the game pieces, simply paint or draw on them to make the colors or x's and o's.  Using a permanent marker, draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the solid fabric side (if you're worried about it bleeding through, you can do this before sewing it on).

Then, grab a few fresh limes and put 1/2 lime into each cup and mull it with a little lavender, sugar (to taste) and water using the end of a wooden spoon.  Add more water and ice and serve with blueberry fruit skewers... or my all time favorite summer treat, a bowl of frozen blueberries!

Happy Summer Days!




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