With summer here, there’s so much time for outdoor BBQs and parties! Hi, all, it’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here today and I have a super easy and fun summer game to play – indoors or outdoors! This huge tic tac toe bean bag game is a great beginner project and you can have so much fun with different fabrics and colors.
I just fell in love with this cute cactus print – I thought it was a perfect summery fabric! I’ve made coordinating little X and O bean bags so you can play tic tac toe – or just use the mat as a little quilt! You could take it on a picnic to sit on and to play the game.
So fun right? So let’s get started!
● Cactus Print (or main fabric) – 1 1/2 yards
● Border and sashing fabric – 1/2 yard
● Backing – 1 1/2 yards
● 45 x 60 Cotton Batting
● Fabric for O Beanbags – 1/2 yard
● Fabric for X Beanbags – 1/2 yard
● Black Fabric for X’s and O’s – 1/4 yard
● Fusible Webbing
Cut out your fabrics in the following measurements:
● For Main Fabric squares: Nine 12″ squares
● For sashing: six pieces 2″ x 12″, two pieces 2″ x 40″
● For border: two pieces 1 1/2″ x 40″ and two pieces 1 1/2″ x 42″
● For Beanbags: A total of 10 pieces of fabric, 5 of each print – 9″ x 5″
Sew your tic-tac-toe mat top together.
1. Sew a row of one 12″ x 12″ square, a 2″ x 12″ sashing piece, a 12″ x 12″ square, a 2″ x 12″ sashing piece and a 12″ x 12″ square. Repeat two more times for a total of three rows.
2. Sew a 2″ x 40″ piece of sashing to the top of two of the long rows and then sew the three rows together, so the sashing pieces are in the center to form the tic-tac-toe grid. Trim the extra fabric on each end to make a square.
3. Sew the 1 1/2″ x 40″ border piece to the top and bottom of the square. Trim any extra fabric. Sew the remaining border pieces to the sides of the square. Press all the seams away from the main prints.
Form a quilt sandwich with your backing fabric, batting and mat top piece so the backing is facing down and the mat top is facing up. Pin the layers together. Trim the batting to the same size as the mat top.
Quilt the pieces together by sewing along all the borders and sashing, working from the center out. Trim the backing fabric so it extends past the top 1/2″ all the way around.
To make a binding from the backing, fold the backing over to the front of the quilt and fold the edge under 1/4″. Sew along the folded edge to bind the mat.
Now you have a cute binding made from your backing fabric!
To make the bean bags, Press the fusible webbing to the back of the black fabric and cut out your x’s and o’s.
Remove the paper backing and press the letters to the bean bag fabrics – 1/2″ to the right of the center of the rectangle.
Fold the rectangle in half so the right sides are together. Sew around the three sides but leave an opening of about 2 1/2″ on one side. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press.
Fill the bag with beans or rice until it’s about half full.
Sew around the bag about 1/8″ from the edge, on all four sides. This will sew the opening closed and give the bag a cute edging all at the same time.
Repeat for all your bean bags.
That’s it! Now you can head out to the yard and start playing!