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Memory Game

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Materials
  • 7 9” x 12” sheets of light blue craft felt
  • 5/8 yard of vertically striped cotton for bag lining or if not using a vertical stripe ¼ yard of cotton fabric
  • ¼ yard gold cotton fabric for outer bag
  • 20” x 7” strip of fusible knit interfacing
  • Firm stabilizer for 14 hoopings in a 4”x 4” hoop such as Madeira Extra Stable
  • 10” of no show stabilizer for the bag
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Frixion® fabric marking pen

  • Designs used in this project

    Preface:
    There are 7 game piece designs to this project. Make two of each design to make a memory game. There is also one design available to put on the cute bag designed to store the pieces. The bag is made at your sewing machine after the embroidery is applied to the front of the bag.


    Step 1:
    The felt sheets are 9” x 12”. Cut vertically down the center of the sheet. (That is 4.5” from the long side.) Then cut 2 lengths 5” long from each strip. This way you will get 4 4.5” x 5” rectangles from each sheet. These will make two of the game pieces.

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    Step 2:
    Hoop stable cut away stabilizer in a 4” x 4” hoop. Stitch the 1st color sequence in white as a placement line. The picture shows the stitching in blue so that you can see it in the photo.

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on the back of one of the felt rectangles and position over the placement line so that the felt exceeds the placement line by ½” on all sides. Run color stop (CS 2) in white to tack down the felt.

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    Step 4:
    Follow the color chart for each design to stitch the design except for the last color stop.

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    Step 5:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop. Turn the hoop face down on a flat surface. Spray adhesive on a second piece of felt and align with the felt on the front of the hoop.

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    Step 6:
    Return the hoop to the machine and stitch the bean stitch border in white to complete the game piece.

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    Step 7:
    Align the ¼” mark of a see through ruler with the bean stitch border and trim the piece to ¼” on all sides.

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    Step 8:
    Repeat Steps 1 through 7 to make a matching game piece.

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    Step 9:
    Repeat Steps 1 through 8 with the other designs to complete all of the game pieces.
     


    Step 10:
    To make the bag cut a 20” x 17” of outer fabric, lining and fusible knit interfacing. Cut 2 1 ¼” by 22” strips for the draw strings. Fuse the knit interfacing to the back side of the outer fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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    Step 11:
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    Measure down 6.5” from the top of the outer fabric to make a cross hair to line up your embroidery. Hoop no show stabilizer and the outer fabric in the hoop aligning the draw cross hair with the marks on the hoop. Embroider the Memory Game design on the fabric. Trim the no show stabilizer from around the design.


    Step 12:
    Press the lettering design to remove the markings. Fold the centers of the drawstring strips to the center and press; fold the strips in half again lengthwise and press again.

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    Step 13:
    On the wrong side of the fabric mark both side edges 2.25”and 1 5/8” from the top of the bag where you will leave an opening on each side for the drawstrings channel. On the right side of the fabric draw lines across the bag at the same levels from the top to guide you later when you stitch the drawstring channel.

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    Step 14:
    Mark the lining fabric on one side 3” and 6” from the top to leave an opening in the lining for turning the bag.

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    Step 15:
    Stitch down the open long edges of the drawstrings. As they are skinny make sure you have placed the drawstring far enough under the presser foot for the machine to be able to feed them through the machine. You will be able to trim off any unstitched portion after they are sewn.

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    Step 16:
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    Fold the outer fabric in half aligning the top edges. Stitch a ¼” seam from the top of the bag to the first mark, back stitch and trim the thread. Stitch a ¼” seam from the second mark to the bottom of the bag leaving the area between the marks unstitched on both sides of the bag outer fabric.


    Step 17:
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    Stitch a ¼” seam to the first mark on the lining fabric. Leaving the 3” opening stitch from the second mark to the bottom of the bag. Sew the second side of the lining all the way down with a ¼” seam.


    Step 18:
    Press the seams of the outer fabric and the lining open. Then box the bottom of both the lining and outer fabrics by pulling out the fabric on both sides of the seam at the bottom of the bags aligning the side seam with the center of the bottom of the bag. Mark the triangle formed 1 ½” above the point of the triangle.  

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    Step 19:
    Stitch across the drawn line and ¼” below it.

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    Step 20:
    Trim off the point just below the second stitching line. Repeat on the second corner of the outer fabric and both corners of the lining fabric.

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    Step 21:
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    Turn the outer bag right side out.


    Step 22:
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    Place the outer fabric inside the lining, right sides together, align the side seams and boxed corners. Pin the top edges together.


    Step 23:
    Stitch the lining and outer fabric together with a ¼” seam.

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    Step 24:
    Pull the bag to the right side by pulling the outer bag through the opening in the lining.

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    Step 25:
    Turn in the seam allowances on the side of the lining opening and edge stitch them closed,

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    Step 26:
    Insert the lining inside the bag rolling out the seam and press all around the top seam.

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    Step 27:
    Stitch across the channel markings all the way around the bag. Press the top of the bag to remove your Frixion® pen markings.

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    Step 28:
    With a safety pin attached to one end of a drawstring feed the drawstring from the opening on one side of the bag all the way around the bag and out the same opening. Feed the second drawstring through the opening on the opposite side of the bag, around the whole bag and out the same opening.

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    Step 29:
    Knot the ends of the drawstrings together on both sides.

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    Step 30:
    Insert the game pieces inside the perfectly sized bag. Congratulations your Memory Game is complete.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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