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Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Last year I made Madison a super cute pint sized kid’s pleated apron out of pink retro Wizard of Oz fabric. I added fun numbers cookie cutters and wrapped both in cookie jar wrapping paper. Madison loves the apron and calls it her “pretty.”

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

This year’s handmade gift is inspired by the fabric memory game idea at Chicago-based Elizabeth Anne Designs originally featured in the book “Stitched in Time.” Madison lives in Arizona and visits Chicago once a year so I made her a kid-friendly Chicago-themed memory game (and it gave me a perfect excuse to use printable ink-jet fabric. Great stuff …you gotta try it). And I wrapped it in super cute Madison Street Wrapping Paper.

First, my friend Heather and I explored the city looking for kid-friendly photo ops such as a bubble gum machine in a corner burrito joint

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

a colorful Chicago hot dog sign

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

yellow fish swimming on a graffiti brick wall

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

…and — of course — a “Madison Street” street sign. To fill gaps, Elena Kovalevich graciously allowed me to me use some of her gorgeous Chicago Flickr photos. Elena takes fabulous photos …do check them out!

This template makes 48 memory tiles which is a pretty advanced game but kids can choose to play with fewer tiles to make it fit for all age groups.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Supplies for memory tiles:

You’re welcome to use these instructions and Chicago template for free for your own personal use. Anyone using the project simply post a comment below or email me to track its usage.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

These tile instructions are different than the original craft; I modified to make them easier and more efficient. Open my free Chicago-themed PDF template. You can use my photos or use my original Photoshop file to add your own. Print out two copies of each sheet on photo fabric using an ink jet printer on high quality. Let dry for at least 15 minutes; I let mine dry overnight.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Peel off plastic backing. Soak for 10 minutes in room temperature water to remove extra ink, ideally in distilled water. Swirl around during that time to keep the fabric moving if you notice a lot of bleeding.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Lay flat to dry on towels. You can blot with paper towels so that water doesn’t pool on your fabric.

Stack the fabric layers as follows: Place the blue fabric printed side down. Place your hatband interfacing (or two layers of wool felt) on top of the cotton. Put photo fabric image side up on the stack.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Machine-stitch through the tile layers around the outline of the photo. Smooth as you go to avoid puckering.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Cut out the images using pinking shears along the gray cut lines, leaving a white border around all sides.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

To play the game, put the tiles face down on a table. Shuffle and line them up into rows. Each player must turn over two tiles per turn. If the two tiles match, then the player wins those tiles and can take another turn. If the tiles do not match, the player must turn them face down again and it’s the next player’s turn. The player with the most tiles at the end wins!

I made my own pattern for the ribbon drawstring storage bag. See how to make it after the jump.

Supplies for memory game ribbon-tie storage bag by Kathy

Seam allowance: 1/2 inch (13 millimeters), unless otherwise noted

The bag instructions are different than the original craft …with my handbag past, I humbly think my pattern for a drawstring storage bag is better. Fold the outside blue fabric lengthwise right sides together to make a 12.5″ x 7″ rectangle. Stitch the long edges of the bag using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat with the lining fabric.

Make the bag bottom. Now this part is sort of hard to explain but when you’re done, the bag will be able to stand up. Take your blue piece and fold a triangle where the side seam meets the bottom. Your triangle should be 1.5 inches wide and 1 inch tall with the seam flattened open. Mark with a pencil and sew across the bottom of the triangle. See how it’s already creating a soft bag bottom?

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Do this on both sides of your blue and yellow pieces. Now line up a blue triangle with up a yellow triangle, matching one triangle from the outside to one triangle on the inside. Sew. Now your front is attached to your back. Turn the bag so that the blue is on the outside and yellow on the inside.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Sew tops together. This step just makes it easier to do the next two steps. With the top edges even, stitch around the top of the bag through both layers. Fold the top down 1/2″ (the yellow will be showing on the front). Fold down again about 1/5″ inches.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Make ‘ribbon holes.’ On the one side of the bag, zigzag two rectangle buttonholes large enough for the ribbon to fit into, one on each side of the seam (I eyeballed it just a bit larger but you could measure 7/8″). Using a seam ripper, cut a hole in the middle of the buttonhole through all fabric layers.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Secure ribbon ties. Pull the ribbon through one buttonhole. Slip the ribbon under the 1.5″ yellow trim, around the bag and through the other buttonhole.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Sew the yellow trim close to the edge to encase the ribbon inside, being sure not to stitch through the ribbon itself. Cut the ends of the ribbon with your pinking shears to give them a pretty zigzag. Tie a knot in the end of the ribbon.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

Now you can pull the ribbons to close your drawstring memory tile bag.

Merriment :: Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids by Kathy Beymer

 
 




25 Responses to “Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids”


  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi L. Palweski! You can keep scrolling down the page; it’s the first link in the “Supplies” section. My posts tend to get a little detailed so sorry it was hard to find!

    Here’s a direct link to the Chicago pictures if that’s easier:
    http://www.merrimentdesign.com/images/chicago-memory-game-template.pdf

    Love your story and thanks for sharing it. I hope your grandchildren like the game!

  2. L. Palewski Says:

    How can I get a copy of the Chicago pictures shown in your memory game?
    I was born and raised in Chicago, married and eventually moved to the northwest suburbs. Upon retiring my husband and I relocated to the Great Smoky Mountains. Have been here for 14 great years and still loving it. Would be fun to work on this project, as all 5 of children and all grandchildren live in the Chicagoland area. Great idea.

  3. Michaela Says:

    I am totally making these for my friend who is pregnant…now to scheme with her husband for some adorable pics.

  4. doro K. Says:

    this would make a fantastic gift.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro

  5. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Felisha, that’s great. I hope your kid likes it!

  6. Felisha Says:

    I love this, if you don’t mind I would love to make one for my kids for Christmas. :) Thanks!

  7. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Kim! I love the ideas of animals. If you’re willing to share back, I may make a set for my daughter, Elise :)

  8. Kim Meagher Says:

    I just finished one set and am working on another. I think this game is absolutely adorable. Thanks for posting the instructions and the template! I used family photos for one set and am using animal photos for the other.

  9. Monica B. Says:

    I’m scared of making this. I really want to through…hmmm

  10. Jodi Says:

    Thanks for the great Christmas present idea. My nieces and nephews will love this!

  11. Sheri Says:

    This is not only a very cute idea, you are also very talented! Sewing is lost on so many of the younger generation. (Lordy! I sound like my mother!)

  12. Jessica Says:

    I’m going to try to do this project for nieces and nephews for the holidays. Lovely idea – can’t wait to get started! Thank you for sharing!

  13. resalikescolors Says:

    I just discovered the printable fabric sheets and love it! This is a great way to use it!

  14. steph Says:

    this is seriously the coolest game ever

  15. Jessiena Says:

    I absolutely adore this project, as I have always loved memory! I wrote a little post about it and your lovely website for tomorrow.
    Thanks!

  16. Serena Beltz Says:

    We live in Chicago and this is a perfect way to get the kids to recognize the landmarks in their home town!

  17. gg Says:

    Hiya! I love this idea, and I’ve linked it on today’s DIY Day on my LJ. http://gorengal.livejournal.com/131777.html

    BTW, I got your note back when I linked to your Chicago Skyline notecards…thanks. :) I love that you do Chicago-themed crafts.

  18. Heather Says:

    This is so beautiful. I was lucky enough to see this gift in Kathy’s craft room as it was being assembled and I have to say that the craftsmanship is incredible. Kathy selected all the right materials, and her attention-to-detail is incomparable. I am so excited about this post. Well done!

  19. chris Says:

    This is so awesome! I want to make one now for my great nephew who spent 4 days visiting me in the SF Bay area. I think I will just the photos we took while he was here! And he LOVES memory games (he’s 3 1/2, just the age!)…Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. Rachel Says:

    Wow this is amazing and so, so generous. Just beautiful. I’ll be linking.

  21. renée Says:

    These turned out soooo great. What a unique and personal gift. I LOVE THIS!!!!


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