16 December 2013
There’s just over a week left until Christmas, enough time to make a few hand made gifts if you so please. How about a games set?
This is really easy to make, even for beginners, and there’s no sewing machine required. Here’s what you need:
- To A4 pieces of felt, about 4mm thick.
- Some yarn in a contrasting colour. I use yarn made of cotton.
- A needle thick enough to thread your yarn through (but with a pointed end, i.e. not a darning needle).
- A regular needle with thread the same colour as your felt.
- To large popper buttons. Mine were about 1.5cm across.
- A good pair of scissors that will cut the felt well.
Step 1: Trim one of the felt pieces to be about 8cm shorter than then other.
Step 2: Stich the two pieces of felt together with the contrasting yarn, sewing along the three sides of the shorter piece of felt to create an envelope (as shown below).
Step 3: Using the regular needle and thread, sew one half of the popper buttons on to the top inner side of the ‘envelope’ and the other sides of the buttons were you want the envelope to close.
Finished! See, I told you it was easy. So what’s inside the games bag?
I picked up a set of dice, a plain notebook and pencil, and a pad of Yahtzee score sheets. I also typed up the rules for the game Ten Thousand, which I then printed off and laminated. If you don’t have a laminator, you can just print them off, of course. I also printed off a simple cover sheet to stick on to the notepad. You’ll need the pad and pencil to keep scores for Ten Thousand. It requires six dice and Yahtzee requires five. So, all set for an evening of dice games.
Optional Step: I had some decorative ribbon kicking about in my craft box, so I sewed this little label on the flap of the games bag :)