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With summer travel season officially underway, it’;s time to start thinking about how to keep the kids (and maybe even the adults) entertained in the car. This mini checkerboard game is the perfect way to keep everyone busy, is small enough that it won’;t take up much space (and easy to store when not in use), plus it has a handy pocket in the back to that can hold?game pieces. Finished size 12″; square.

From each fat quarter cut 4, 1 1/2″; x 18″; strips

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From Batting\Fleece cut 12 1/2″; x ?12 1/2″; square

From material cut:

After cutting, fuse the fleece to the wrong side of of the 12 1/2″; squarepersonalized newborn baby gifts, following manufacturer’;s directions.

(Seam allowances are 1/4″; unless otherwise specified)

With right sides together, sew one light and one dark strip. Continue sewing alternating light and dark strips until you have a block eight layers wide.

Square up one end of block, then cut into 8, 1 1/2″; wide strips.

Reverse the pattern of the strips, matching seams and raw edges, and sew.

TIP: To create perfect squares, it’;s important to match the seams precisely. One way to do this is to place the fabrics right side together. Insert a pin into the top layer of the seam then guide the point through the seam of the second fabric strip. Carefully bring the pin back up through both layers of material through their seam lines.

Continue sewing alternating strips until all segments?have been used. The finished game board will have 64 total squares.

Sew the 2 1/2 x 8 1/2″; rectangles to either side of game board.

Sew the 2 1/2″; x 12 1/2″; rectangles to remaining edges of game board. The top is now complete!

On one 2 1/2 x 5 1/2″; rectangle, center?the?loop side (the softer piece) of the Velcro 1/2″; above the bottom edge and sew.

With right sides together, sew the 2 1/2 x 5 1/2″; rectangles together, leaving the top edge open. Clip corners, turn right side out and topstitch the edges.

On one 4 1/2?x 5 1/2″; rectangle, center?the hook?side (the scratchy piece) of the Velcro 1/2″; below?the?top?edge and sew.

With right sides together, sew the 4 1/2″; x 5 1/2″; rectangles together, leaving a 2-3″; opening along bottom edge for tuning. Clip corners, turn right side out through opening, and press.

Place pocket (with Velcro side up) on 12″; square backing fabric; 1″; down from top and 5/8″; over from side edge. Stitch sides and bottom edges of pocket only.

Place pocket flap, Velcro side down, on top of pocket (5/8″; over from side edge). The Velcro segments should match and close—if they are ‘;off’; adjust as necessary. Baste along top pocket edge.

With right sides together, place pieced game board on top of backing with pocket. Sew around all edges leaving a 4-5″; opening for turning. Clip corners, turn right side out, and?topstitch around the edges.

Store game pieces in the pocket when not in use.

And enjoy!

Most of my frames got a new coat of primer and paint. Some frames I painted white, then used leftover Magnolia Green paint from our painted stairs project for the photo mat. With the other frames, I layered chalk paint using this technique.

While I’m playing in Utah, I’ve got a team of talented bloggers sharing amazing projects like this colorful?DIY Wood Slat Sign from my long time bloggy friend Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything. Creating and making your own wood sign is one way to bring your personality into you home! Reminds me of this DIY Summer Banner Sign. Please help me thank my guest bloggers by leaving friendly comments!

One of the reasons I?love living a minimalist lifestyle is how our home easily transitions from one season to another.



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