When I was a child, my mom found a checker’s game that was intended to be played on the floor. It included a carpet that was approximately 36″ x 36.” We would lay it out on the floor, get comfy and play a couple of games. When we were coming up with gift ideas for the blog, I decided to try to recreate our childhood checker game.
I picked two fat quarters that match my living room. It’s always available for the kids to use, with the game pieces stored in a fabric pouch. But, when not in use, it doubles as a table topper or as part of my decorations on my display case. I also decreased the size to approximately 22.5″ x 22.5.”
Another option is to choose fat quarters that match a little girl’s room. When not in use as a checkerboard, the topper can be used as a doll quilt. Use little boy themed fat quarters, and it becomes a playmat when not in use.
The pattern for the Checkboard Table Topper is free with purchase both in-store and on-line.
Since it’s Black Friday and everyone is out looking for great deals…here’s a bonus idea for you today.
Do you remember playing with bean bags? They were our favorite toys at school when we were forced to play inside due to the weather. My children were given a set of beanbags when they were younger, and they still find ways to play with them. A bucket of beanbags is the perfect gift for any young child. It’s also a great gift for teachers. They are fast to make, take very little supplies and are so easy, you won’t even need a pattern.
At Quilt Expressions, we sell 5″ strips of minky. I happened to have one at home, along with a left over strip of Cat in the Hat fabric. Cut (5) 5″ squares from the minky and (5) 5″ squares from the fabric. Place wrong sides together and sew 1/2″ seam around three sides. Pour 1/4 cup of pinto beans in the open side, carefully sew the remaining side closed.
With pinking shears, trim all four sides 1/4,” leaving a 1/4″ beyond the seams. Finished!
Find a fun tin or pail to give the bean bags in, along with some game ideas. An on-line search will give you lots of ideas.