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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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Hi Brooke, making a memory game with photos on wood squares and looking back at yours remembering I loved it. What did you store yours in? Thanks! Cheryl

11.6.2010 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

This is such a fantastic idea--thank you so much, Brooke, for sharing it! You inspired me to make my own version of the game out of fabric scraps and wool felt (seen here, if you're interested: http://www.thestudentteacher.com/journal/2011/4/26/felt-and-fabric-memory-game.html). I love all the ideas you share here on your blog; thanks for the endless inspiration. :-)

04.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmmy

Großartige Idee.
Wir haben statt Papier Filz genommen und die Quadrate etwas größer gemacht, da kann man sie gleichzeitig auch noch als Untersetzter benutzen.

Grüße aus Deutschland

06.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

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06.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaily Craft

This is awesome!!

08.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBikram Miami

Using fabric with animals, flowers, toys etc like used in a I Spy quilt would be fun used in the Memory game. Will use this idea for my granddaughter. Only 4 mths old but I can plan for future fun with her :)

03.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Such an awesome idea. I am going to save some scraps from my growns sons' worn out clothes and make a game to save for grandchildren.

05.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElyne

Hi I was just wondering what the dimensions of the square and circles are that you used? Thanks so much :)

07.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjess m

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