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Fabric Memory Game: A How-To | Killer b. Designs



Fabric Memory Game: A How-To

Looking for a fun project to do with all those fabric scraps in your closet? What about a memory game for the kiddos?

Now that I’ve got a baby, it seems like I’m always on the lookout for fun projects to do for her. I saw a fabric memory game on Pinterest, and knew I had to make one of my own! It was simple, easy, and fast.Plus it got rid of a lot of my scrap pile!

I used some canvas fabric for the base since it was a dark neutral color. My patterned fabrics really pop against the background, which will be good for younger kids.

They’re very soft, and the clincher? They’re waterproof, and washable. Much more durable than the paper versions!

I started off with 12 pieces, or 6 sets. I have enough fabric cut for 12 more, but ran out of energy to finish today.

I noticed that large patterned fabrics are a bad choice. They’re going to be hard to match. Stripes and dots are much easier. So, ready to make your own? The tutorial is below!

• 1/4 yard base fabric. I used canvas, which makes it water resistant.
• 1/8 yard batting (you can skip this on the thicker fabrics. Mine were very thick and tough to sew)
• 12 patterned scraps (enough for 2 pieces each)


1) Cut two blocks of your backing measuring 5″ wide by 5.5″ tall. Cut one batting block to the same size. Use a loyalty card and trace two rectangles onto your patterned fabric and cut them out.

2) Use a zigzag stitch to attach the scrap to the backing.

3) Sandwich your layers in this order: batting, pattern (facing up), backing (plain)

4) Stitch three sides with a 5/8″ seam

5) Flip inside out, tuck in the unsewn edge

6) Topstitch with a 1/4″ seam. Press flat.

Finishing: Toss them in the washer to get rid of the fraying. Then in the dryer, and iron flat. Ready to go!



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  1. Geek in Heels

    Love this idea! I wish I had a sewing machine — or even scrap fabric lying around so that I could make some for my kiddos!

  2. Sarah

    So cute! And washable too!

  3. Maria

    What a great little game!! Cute, and it’s so important for kiddo brain growth. Super cool!

  4. e.louise {Liz}

    This is such a great way to reuse fabric scraps! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Valerie

    So creative! Love this….

  6. Erica

    LOVE it!

  7. J

    Great idea. I would only add some solid colors for little ones to help learn colors and more easily identify the pairs. I think stripes and dots are great as well and patterns for older kids.

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      You’re exactly right. I think my daughter (who is almost 7 months) is going to have to wait a while to do this game! I didn’t think about how easy the patterns were at first, one in particular is so large it’s almost impossible to match. Ah, well. You live, you learn. Next time, I’ll do solids! It would be a good birthday gift too.

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