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Hello! It is Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal. My 5 year old son has recently discovered the classic game of tic-tac-toe. So I thought it would be fun to sew up a felt version of the game he can play again and again. This Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe game makes a great candy free valentine for your little one!
The heart shaped game board has a hidden pocket at the back to store all the game pieces so you can tote it with you, play it in the car, before dinner at a restaurant, in the doctors office wait room, or just on your living room floor!
The game is quick and easy to make! I created some felt X’s and O’s to go with it for my candy free version, but you could fill it with different colored candies to use as game pieces instead.
Want to make a Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe game? Great! Let me show you how!
You will need:
- Four different colors of felt. 1/4 yard for the game board hearts or 2 of the small felt sheets from the craft store and some scraps for the rest.
- Heat n Bond ultrahold
- Game pattern found HERE
- Basic sewing supplies
Start by using the template to cut out your heart shapes, you will have one full heart for the front and two heart pieces for the back pocket.
Cut a rectangle of felt for the Tic-Tac-Toe board and iron a piece of Heat n Bond to the back. Before peeling the paper backing off, cut your rectangle into 4 strips that are 1/2″ wide and 4.5″ long. Remove the paper backing and arrange the strips to create the Tic-Tac-Toe board. Iron the pieces to adhere them in place, it is a good idea to use a pressing cloth for this step so you don’t melt the felt. The Heat n Bond Ultra creates a permanent bond so you can stop there, or you can sew around the edges of the strips for a more finished look.
Next sew the heart pieces together. Sew along the straight edges of the back heart pieces, this will keep the felt from stretching out with little hands reaching inside. Pin the back pieces to the back side of the front heart, the top piece will overlap the bottom piece by about 1″. Sew all the way around the outside of the hearts.
To create the game pieces, iron some Heat n Bond to a strip of felt. Peel off the paper backing and iron a second strip of felt on top (don’t forget the pressing cloth for this step). Use the game piece templates to cut out your X’s and O’s, you will need five of each. Again, you can leave the pieces like this, the Heat n Bond is permanent, or you can sew around the edge of all the pieces.
That’s it! Your game is ready to play anywhere!
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