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fabric scrap memory game

I promised a few more ideas using the technique from Jen + Ray's escort cards. One of our favorite games is Memory, we play it all the time. So why not make your own memory game using scraps of your favorite fabrics.

You'll need to dig through your scrap bin and find fabrics with a nice small repeat. I threw in a few solids as well. Try not to choose two fabrics that are very similar (you wouldn't want to pick a blue dot and a teal dot that could be mistaken for each other during the game). Print this template (each page will make 10 cards or 5 pairs) and follow the directions here to make your cards. 

The version I made has 30 cards (or 15 pairs) which is about perfect for my 4 year old (but a little challenging for Bee, who is almost 3). You can make the game harder or easier by adding or taking away pairs. I hope your little ones love it as much as mine do. When Bee plays, she says "Oooh!" when she flips over each square.

Disclaimer: I debated about laminating my cards to make them a little more durable, but then you lose the fabric texture which is really half the fun. If you pay careful attention when you are making them to spread your glue to all the edges and really press them together, I think your cards will last for quite a while. (Unless you leave them unsupervised with your 2 year old.. then all bets are off!)

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This is a great version of a classic game. I love the tactile idea, and I'm definately going to have a go at this. Thanks for sharing :-)

01.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

This is the cutest thing I have seen yet! What a splendid idea!

01.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Savage

Love this!!!

01.15.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramerrymishap

This is darling. When I play "memory" with my three year old I put all of the cards face up and we just take turn making matches. Eventually we will be able to turn them over, but he loves it just the same this way!

01.20.2009 | Unregistered Commentertiffanyti

I love this!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commentercally

Where do you find all of your great fabric? I love this idea! I also love the dot fabric.

This is so cute and it would make a wonderful gift. Thanks for a great way to use all my scraps.

01.25.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

you could also just use CD envelopes to put the fabric in

02.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaDonna

okay, now... "STOP IT!" stop it right now...I am so inspired and taken with all your posts...no, don't stop...I am just crushing on all of these great ideas and beautiful photographs~

02.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterZana

Brooke, this is one of the most inspiring projects I've seen yet. I keep enormous amounts of fabric scraps but never know what to do with them. (Haven’t worked up the nerve to tackle a quilting project yet). We love memory games at our house—Charley Harper’s is one of our favorites—and I have made a couple of sets myself with photos of friends and family. This is just such a wonderful idea—one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Also a super sweet and easy gift for a little one. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

02.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

This is great! Brilliant idea!:)
I love this game:)
Best regards from Poland:*.
- Zielonooka:)

02.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterZielonooka

What a fun idea! I will remember this one for future use.

02.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnela

Love this idea!

03.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley S.

I love this idea! Where do you get the punches for making the circles/ hearts?

03.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

HI Dawn,

You can find circle punches at most craft/art supply stores in the scrapbooking section. You'll need a 1 1/2 inch circle punch for these cards. Good luck!

03.19.2009 | Registered CommenterBrooke

What a great idea! I'm currently obsessed with scrap fabric so am excited to find a new way of working with it. Well done!

03.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

I was going to print pictures and make a memory game - boring. This is a far lovelier idea. Thank you.

06.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Hi there!
Now I know what to do with my fabric scraps AND a new way to entertain my two year old- and myself. I love memory! I hope you don’t mind, I added it to my blog as a fun craft! You can see the post here: http://www.fancymama.com/2009/08/just-some-fun-crafty-crafts/


08.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCeci

This is crazy in the good way.

07.28.2010 | Unregistered Commentercarpet cleaning

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10.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissBrain

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