Tutorial: Fabric Matching Scraps Memory Game for Kids

Here's a fun and easy beginner sewing tutorial for a great DIY memory game for kids and adults alike. Made out of your fabric scraps, it is close to zero-cost, but it will make an amazingly cute and fun DIY birthday present for a kid or adult, depending on the fabric you choose. Are you a beginner? Perfect, this is a great project for you!
And there's even a free PDF template, if you don't feel like measuring the pieces!

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!



You'll Need:


Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


1) fabric scraps (scroll down to see a time-saving tip for fabric selection):
- backing (16 pieces of 4"x 4")
- white background on the front side (16 pieces of 4"x 4")
- fun prints (8 sets of 2 identical fun prints: each piece is 2.5"x 2.5")
2) thread
3) the usual: sewing machine, scissors, possibly a rotary cutter with a cutting mat

The cutting will go super quick if you use a rotary cutter. Scissors will do just fine, too. After all, it's just straight cuts ;)


This makes fabric selection super quick:

Do you think you have no time to search for those 8 (or more) different scraps of fabric? Let alone measuring and cutting them? I've got an idea for you. Something like this:

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


Yep, here's the lazy way to find matching scraps - I simply used a patchwork-print piece of cotton. Cut those lovely squares into individual pieces and you're done. As simple as that.

Or, use a themed bundle of pre-cuts, like these 10" Riley-Blake-wheels cotton pieces I found at Peek-A-Boo shop (I love how quickly this shop is getting new prints!)


And This makes cutting super quick:
It's all squares, easy! And for those who don't have a rotary cutter with a cutting mat, I've made a totally simple PDF template (free, off course) to eliminate any measuring work and make it super easy!

Download the TEMPLATE as a free PDF file from my account at Craftsy:



You can print the template on cardboard to make it last longer.

SEWING HOW-TO:

1) You'll need a set of three pieces of fabric to make one finished piece. See above for measurements. In short, it will look like this:

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!

1 backing (red)
1 front (background) white, preferably mid-weight
1 print cotton (smaller square)

And each time, you'll make two identical, matching pieces.



2) Let's start: place 1 piece of white background fabric on a flat surface, face-up. Center the small square of print cotton on it. Pin if you like, I didn't need to. The fabric layers didn't slide at all.

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


3) Sew around using a wide and quite dense zigzag stitch. Go slowly, sew all the way around. At corners, just stop the machine, needle down, turn 90 degrees, then sew on. 

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!



4) Place the front piece with the print right side up, and then the backing piece on it, so the right sides will be facing (=RST):


Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


5) Sew around using a straight stitch, make sure to leave an opening for turning in the middle of one side.

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!



6) Clip the corners for a nice finish and to reduce the bulk.


Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


7) Turn right sides out. Push the tips out using a point turner tool or another non-sharp object like a knitting needle. I had a chopstick at hand, it did quite alright. Don't use anything sharp since it might make holes in your fabric.

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


8) Press.

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


9) Edgestitch around the 'card' to give it a more polished look, and to close the opening that had been left for turning.

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


Repeat 15 times, and you're done :) You can make a larger set than the one I chose, off course.

The finished size of each square will be a bit more than 3 inch.

Craftsy

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


Playtime! Off course we needed to try these beauties out right away!

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!



Memory games are not just fun, they benefit the development of a child's brain too:

- it's an excellent fine motor skills exercise
- hand-eye coordination
- improve concentration
- train short-term memory
- increase attention to detail
- help toddlers grasp the object permanence
- if played with others, kids learn how to take turns (taking turns is a pretty hard concept to grasp if you're two years old!)
- and much more!


Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


How to play: you've got lots of options, depending on the development level of the child.

a) Match-Up Game. 
Very suitable for small children. Set up a line of control cards (one card per each pair). The other piece of the pair is placed on a pile. The child takes a card from the pile and allocates it to the matching control card in the line, until all cards are matched.

b) Match Two Sets of Sorting Cards. Single player, the child attempts to find a pair to each of the cards. can be played with all cards face-up, or face-down.

c) the CLASSIC Memory Game.
1) Spread cards face-down on a flat surface so only the backing is visible.
2) Taking turns, flip two pieces over. If the cards match, the player keeps them and flips the next two over. If the cards don't match, they are turned face-down again and the next player takes his turn.
3) The person with the highest number of pairs is the winner.

d) Variations and imaginative play, welcome! 

The memory game pieces might at some point turn into something else, like landing pods or stepping stones for an entirely different game. Not part of the plan, but it was fun! My older kid was trying to explain the rules to me, but - alas - I either didn't grasp them or they kept changing too quickly for me. 

Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!

It does not happen often that a mom can enjoy a game with her kids - enjoying her favorite fabrics at the same time!


Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!


Yep, this might happen when you mix your love for floral fabric with the 4-yr old's love for Lego City bricks :) 

Have fun making your own fabric memory game!

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Fabric Memory Game tutorial and free pdf template. Matching scraps can be easily turned into a cute set of fabric cards for a memory game. A great DIY birthday present for children and adults alike! And these pieces can even double as coasters! They are totally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer when doing laundry, done!



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2 comments:

  1. Kids love memory games. They don't realise they are learning while playing. When my kids were young, I bought them lots of memory games - never thought to make one with scrap fabric. Clever idea! I've showcased your tutorial this weekend.

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  2. Am planning to try this out asap. Love it.

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