As life is slowly returning to a more normal pace, the boys have begun asking for our crafting time to return. The other day Jacob, who is obsessed with playing chess and checkers, asked if we could sew him a portable checkers set like the backgammon board I had made him last summer. Part of me really wanted to go down into my sewing room and put something amazing together, but the more realistic part of me knew that there was no way that I was going to be able to cut out dozens of 1.5″ squares of fabric and piece them all together.
Quick Creating with Children: Checkerboard
So the world’s easiest checkerboard was born. A 12″x12″ piece of outer fabric, a 12×12″ piece of duck cloth, one ribbon, and a set of small square stamps is all that you need to make this set.
With right sides together and a 1/2″ seam allowance, simply sew the edges together, leaving a 2″ opening to turn.
Turn right side out and press. Top stitch, making sure to catch the opening that was left. Mark out where you want each square to go, and stamp according to a model checkerboard.
We used one of our snack bags to hold the checker pieces, and then simply placed it inside and rolled the entire thing up.
It may not be the most gorgeous sewing piece I have ever made, but I am learning that all my kids really want is for me to take the time to create with them. Perfection is never something that they expect, only something I place on myself. Now we are off for a few fun games together in this gorgeous spring weather.