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My mom brought over some board games for the girls, who became obsessed with chess! The box the set came in has already fallen apart after just a few weeks so I was about to reach for the packing tape when I noticed that the board folds up into a 7×7 inch square. So I thought some drawstring pouches would be perfect to contain the board and the pieces and they can take the game with them when we travel.
- Expressions Vinyl Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Black and Old Gold
- One large drawstring bag and two small ones in plain fabric (either readymade or made yourself – see links to tutorials below).
- If sewing your bags, you’ll need plain fabric, contrasting fabric (optional), rotary cutter, self-healing mat, ruler, sewing machine and thread, and drawstrings (I used satin ribbon).
- Cricut Explore
- Chess Set Digital Cartridge Set
- Iron and ironing board
- Weeding tool
As mentioned above, you can purchase a few sizes of readymade drawstring bags, or make your own. I have two drawstring bag tutorials that you can use. Just choose some plain fabric. One is a reversible and lined drawstring bag, and the other is an unlined patchwork drawstring bag. I went with the unlined one.
While searching for some plain fabric in my stash, I came across this plain napkin that was left over from my apron/tea towel tutorial. The napkin, after washing and drying, was about 19×19 inches. I folded it in half, then laid out the board, the chess pieces, and the checker pieces across it. With a half inch seam allowance, I could make 3 bags: one main bag for the board, and two smaller bags for the pieces. Keeping the napkin folded, I cut three pieces. I In the end, this was barely enough fabric! So a 19×19 inch piece of fabric was the minimum I could go with for this project.
However, the largest bag would be about 8×8 inches after sewing, not tall enough for a drawstring. So I added about 5 more inches of fabric to the top edge. Then, I followed the steps to make the unlined drawstring bag. Here are the three bags, after I finished sewing.
I usually enjoy designing my own images to cut in the Cricut Explore, but this time I decided to search for some chess and checkers images. I found a checker board and all the pieces by doing a search in Cricut Design Space. I used the Impact font to spell out my lettering for each bag. Measure your bags to see how much room you have for each set of images and size them accordingly. Change the top layer of the checkerboard, the chess pieces, and the crowns in the checker pieces, to gold so that your machine will know to cut those all in a different color. Note: for the chess and checker pieces, I kept the most basic layers and left off the more detailed layers. Another note: the font was free as it was a system font, but I needed to purchase the chess images. Follow the link above to purchase the entire digital cartridge (a better deal) or buy them one at a time.
When I was ready to cut, I made sure to click on Mirror Image for iron ons.
Then I did a practice run with cardstock to check for sizing.
When I was happy with the sizing, I placed the dial on Iron On +. The vinyl has the glittery layer, and a plastic layer as well, which is a backing that you will peel off. Place the vinyl plastic side down so the back of the glittery layer is up (this is why you have to set it to cut the mirror image).
My Cricut Explore first cut all of the black pieces and lettering, then all the gold pieces. Peel away the outside, leaving just the lettering and images. Use a weeding tool to take out the middle parts of the letters.
To iron on, the plastic side now goes up (your letters should be facing the proper direction). I cut out my pieces and arranged them on the bag with the help of a ruler. I ironed directly over the plastic, concentrating on one spot at a time for about 15 seconds, but constantly moving the iron back and forth.
Next, I layered the gold checkerboard on top and repeated the iron-on process.
All done with all of the bags! Last step is to add the drawstrings if you haven’t already.
The two small bags hold the chess and checkers pieces…
…which both fit into the main bag along with the board. Who knew chess and checkers could be so sparkly?
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