Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mid Winter Blues - Tic-Tac-Toe

The end of January approaches and the end of the cold weather is many months away. I often think about our vacation last summer at the beach with fondness remembering the warm sunny days. This quick & simple craft will make an afternoon fly-by with warm thoughts of summer.

I went beach combing for hours during our vacation and collected many different shells and realized I could collect enough to make some tic-tac-toe boards for the kids to play with in the car, on the plane or just anywhere.

It's very simple.

Using scraps of fabric and a short zipper (4"-7") & some braid or ribbon you can make a portable tic-tac-toe game.

I selected a soft piece of fabric (about 6" -8" square) to cushion the shells and some coordinating braid (just under two yards).

First, I sewed the braid onto the right side of one of the squares in the form of a number sign (#).

Then, I put the right sides together and sewed in the zipper.

Next, I sewed the three sides closed.
Remember to unzip the zipper to make turning the bag easier.

I inserted about 6 inches of braid to the center of the bottom edge of
the bag in order to be able to roll up the bag and tie it into place.

Trim corners, turn the bag right-side out.

I included five white and five colorful shells for the X's and O's.

It's a cute little package full of summer delights.
Collect nuts, rocks, twigs, pine cones or any other natural item for the game.