The Game is On!

Posted by quiltedfish on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Hello!  My name is Amanda Herring and I am so excited to share a tutorial with you today. I am a designer for Riley Blake and I design under the name The Quilted Fish.  I am excited that Sugar and Spice, my newest line, has arrived and that there are 7 (that's right, I said 7!!) laminate fabrics in this line!  And, let me just say, these are the finest laminates on the market.  I love the way you can fold them and they don't crease or scar.  It is just lovely!  I have made a special project just for you out of laminates.  This project is super easy and lots of fun and it will bring you and your family hours of enjoyment!

Before we start, though, I have a few tips to share with you about working with laminated fabrics.

1.  Use a walking foot!  I went through 2 boxes of needles before I figured that out.  Slow learner, I know.  If you don't have a walking foot, you may want to try a teflon foot.  I have also heard that blue painters tape on the throw plate helps, too.  I use a walking foot and it works like a dream!

2.  The Riley Blake laminated fabrics are so nice that you can iron them.  Not on the laminated side (obviously) but on the back.  Use a HOT iron.  You CAN iron on the frontbut only if you use an ironing cloth.

3.  You can wash the laminated fabrics, too!  I would not dry them, just hang to dry.  Then iron if you need to.

So, that's about it for tips.  Would you like to get started?  Here we go!


To make the Checkers board and carrying bag you will need:

Two ½ yard pieces of contrasting laminated fabric

10” of ribbon

7” zipper

½ yard of medium weight fusible interfacing


To make the Tic Tac Toe board you will need:

 1/2 yard each of two different laminated fabrics

One 17” x 17” square of medium weight interfacing


Additional Supplies:

Buttons for checkers


Cutting instructions for Checkers board and bag:

Cut one 16” x 16” piece from one piece of laminated fabric

Cut eight 2” x 18” strips from each piece of laminated fabric

Cut two 7” x 9” pieces from laminated fabric

Cut one 17” x 17” piece of medium weight fusible interfacing


Cutting instructions for Tic Tac Toe board:

Two 5 ½” x 18” and one 5” x 18” strips of EACH laminated fabric

Cut one 17” x 17” piece of medium weight fusible interfacing

Cut one 16” x 16” piece from one piece of laminated fabric


Sewing Instructions:

Checker Board

1. Starting ¼” from the corner of the fusible interfacing and taking a ¼” seam allowance, sew the eight matching 2” strips along the edge.  Be sure that the fusible side of the interfacing is facing the back side of the laminated fabric

2. Repeat step 1, but on the perpendicular side of the fusible interfacing.

3. Weave the pieces together.

4. Carefully turn upside down on the ironing board.  Using a hot iron, fuse the interfacing to the strips.

5. Trim to 16” x 16”.  Sew a scant ¼” around the entire checkerboard.

6. Quilt over the top of the checkers board.  I did a simple diagonal stitch.  

6. Place the 16” x 16” piece of laminated fabric on the checkerboard with sides together.  Sew around all four edges, taking a full ¼” seam and leaving about 3”-4” unsewn for turning.  Clip corners.

7. Turn board right side out.  

8. Turn opening edges in ¼”. Sew 1/8” around all four edges of the board, catching the opening in the seam.

9. Repeat the above instructions for the tic tac toe board.  Place the 5 ½” strips on the outside and the 5” strip in the middle.

You can sew the Tic Tac Toe board to the checkers board INSTEAD of the 16” x 16” piece of laminated fabric to make a double sided board.  However, this does make the board a bit thicker and it does not fold quite as well.


1. Using a zipper foot, sew zipper to the 7" side of one of the 7" x 9" pieces, with right side of the zipper facing the right side of the fabric.  

2. Repeat on the other side. Trim excess zipper from ends.

3. Top stitch if desired.

4. Fold the 10” piece of ribbon in half and sew to one side of the bag on a side perpendicular to the zipper, about 1” from the top.

5. With bag right sides together, sew around the three open edges backstitching a few times at each end.  Clip corners and turn right side out.

6. Fold up your Checkers or Tic Tac Toe board and store it inside!  Don't forget to pick up some of those amazingly cute buttons in the first picture.  They are new from the Sew Together line from Riley Blake.  They stack well, which makes them great checkers pieces.

These game boards are great to take on a picnic or on a trip.  I hope you have a great time playing!

Category: Accessories


  1. Saw this game in person, it is darling! Going to try it myself. Hopefully it will turn out as cute.
    by Melissa
    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.

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