DIY Fabric Travel Checkerboard Game

One of the beauties of traveling or camping is becoming unplugged from our electronic devices long enough to reconnect with the joys of playing those simple but fun board games again. Create this travel checkerboard that's lightweight and convenient enough to throw in a drawer of your camper or even tote along in your backpack. No matter where you are — the mountains, the river, the waiting room or even grandma's house — you'll never be without a fun game to pass the time when you have this little beauty tucked away.

(Image: Beth Huntingtgon)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

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Things You'll Need

  • A 17 x 17-inch piece of white felt

  • Measuring tape or straight edge ruler

  • Disappearing ink pen

  • 2-inch painter's tape

  • Spray paint (4 different colors)

  • Bottle caps or small rocks

  • 16 x 13-inch piece of fabric

  • 11 x 7 1/2-inch piece of fabric

  • Straight pins

  • Sharp scissors

  • Safety pin

  • 30-inch piece of cord or ribbon

  • 22-inch piece of cord or ribbon

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Step 1

Draw a line a 1/2-inch in around all four sides of the felt. Mark every 2 inches on these lines with a disappearing ink pen.

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Step 2

Place 2-inch painter's tape in between the marks to form a grid. Tape off the 1/2-inch edges also. Spray the open areas with spray paint. When the paint is dry, remove the tape.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 3

Place the 2-inch painter's tape over the painted areas to form another grid. Again, tape off the 1/2-inch area around the edges. Spray the open areas with paint, let it dry and remove the tape.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4

Place two strips of 2-inch painter's tape across the edge with a 1/2-inch showing. Use another color to spray paint the edge. Repeat this on all four edges.

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Step 5

Spray paint twelve bottle caps (or small rocks) one color, and paint twelve caps another color to create the playing pieces.

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Step 6

While the game pieces are drying, fold and press a 1/2-inch on one of the long edges of each of the fabric pieces. Fold, press and pin 1/2-inch again. Sew to form casings for the drawstrings.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7

Fold and pin the fabric pieces in half with the right sides together and the drawstring casing at the top. Start the seams below the drawstring casings and sew along the side and bottom edges.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

Clip the bottom corners on each of the bags.

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Step 9

Use a safety pin to thread the cord or ribbon through the casing. Pull the cord or ribbon all the way through and tie a knot in the ends.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 10

Turn the bags right side out. Load up the bags with the playing pieces and the felt game board, pull the string, and away you go — ready for some fun on the road!

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

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