Felt Flash Cards / Memory Game Free Pattern

 

felt flashcards free pattern
Do you love having flash cards for your little ones but hate that they always end up looking like this (actual flash card box from my house — the big question is why I hadn’t thrown it away)?

I’ve had this idea on my mind forever.  It started with me wanting to make Wyatt a quiet book for the last two and a half years.  Let’s just say it hasn’t happened yet.  Then I started thinking that by the time I get one made for him, he’ll be too old for it.  Enter his love for flash cards, and recently, playing memory (not that he follows all the rules, but that’s okay, I try to not let it bug me even though I’m a stickler for rules).  What if I could come up with something that combined the two ideas?  That’s when these felt flash cards that also double as a memory game came to life.
The best part is that they are totally portable and you won’t be playing “52 Card Pickup” with them — unless you want to :).  They are stored on a metal ring so they can be toted along to church or in the car, with no worries about losing any!
Description:
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make both your own felt flash cards and memory game!  The “cards” hang on a metal craft ring so they don’t get misplaced.  You can use the template for numbers and shapes that I have provided or make your own…  How about alphabet felt cards to help teach letters?!

Materials (for 16 flash cards):
1/2 yd brown felt
felt scraps in assorted colors
16 grommets or large eyelets and tool to apply

small scraps of fusible interfacing (16 scraps approximately 1″x1″)
large metal craft ring – mine was 2.5″

 

Directions:

1. Using template provided, cut 32 rectangles of brown felt.  This will make 16 flash cards.  Pieces for the next few steps have square corners pictured but your’s will have rounded corners.

2. Using template provided, cut desired numbers and shapes out of assorted felt colors (the template provides more than 8 numbers and shapes so you can pick which ones you want or make extras).  Cut two of each number or letter so your cards can be used as a memory game as well.

3. Applique each number or shape to lower half of one brown rectangle, stitching around entire outer (and inner if applicable) edge of number or shape.
Note: I do not use Heat N Bond to applique for this project since the pieces are fairly small and felt is so easy to work with, but you can use it if you like.

 

4. When appliqueing, do not backstitch at beginning and end.  Instead, after stitching, tug on back threads gently, pulling a loop of the threads on the front to the back.  Pull the loop through, and you should now have 4 threads on the back of the felt.  Tie these threads together using a square knot and cut off any excess thread.

5. Apply one small scrap (approximately 1″x1″) to the wrong side of upper left corner of each piece you have appliqued.  This will reinforce the area where you will place a grommet at a later step.

6. Pin wrong side of each appliqued rectangular felt piece to a plain rectangular felt piece, matching edges.  Stitch around entire rectangles, close to edge (you can backstitch this time :)).

7. Following the directions on the package, attach a grommet or large eyelet to each card in the upper left corner.

8. Attach all the felt flash cards onto a metal craft ring.  Great job, you are done!

I like to divide the two sets of felt flash cards onto two different rings so that my boys can each play with a set.  When it’s time to play Memory, just combine the sets together!

No more worries about ripped and bent flash cards.  Even your baby is okay to get his little mitts on them.

Unfortunately Wyatt thinks that since they’re indestructable you’re supposed to throw them.

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Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths Tutorial

swiffer duster cloths

I hate to say it, but I LOVE cleaning products. Not cleaning, just the products. Even more, I love DISPOSABLE cleaning products. I hate that they’re full of chemicals and are wasteful and expensive, but I love the convienience. Somehow having the latest cleaning gadget helps to motivate me to clean. It makes it more fun. Not that it’s fun to begin with. I’ve wanted to make some changes to my habits when it comes to cleaning for a while now.

One of my favorite cleaning products is the Swiffer duster. They’re so handy and work so well. If only it weren’t for the disposable duster cloths they use (and use, and use). I’ve been wanting to make a reusable Swiffer duster cloth for a long time but hadn’t gotten around to it. I guess I was saving it for Go Green Month. I love the reusable flannel duster cloth. It can be washed over and over again, and really does a great job dusting. I HAD to share the tutorial so you can all make your own!

reusable swiffer duster cloths

Description:
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make your own reuseable Swiffer duster cloth. The best part is that the more it’s used and washed, the better it will work! From start to finish, you should have your new duster made within 30 minutes!

Materials:
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Update: You can now download a free pattern HERE rather than measure and mark your own pieces as instructed in the tutorial. Please note that the markings are for a handle similar to the one pictured in this tutorial.

4 7″x7″ pieces flannel – this solid flannel would be perfect and is super affordable
4 4″x7″ pieces flannel (can be coordinating color)
Duster handle
Thread

Note: I found that flannel works best at dusting. I also tried using microfiber (you can get microfiber cloths at the dollar store for a couple of bucks), but personally didn’t like it as much as flannel. It didn’t seem to hold as much dust, and made a HUGE mess as I was cutting it up. Polar fleece may also be a good alternative, but I would still prefer flannel, in my very humble opinion :).

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Directions: 1. Place two pieces of 4″x7″ flannel on two pieces of 7″x7″ flannel, centering smaller pieces on top. Repeat with remaining flannel squares.reusable swiffer duster cloths 2. Join small and large pieces together by stitching down center of all four layers of fabric as pictured. Stack the two sets of flannel on top of each other, with the small pieces on the top and bottom. reusable swiffer duster cloths3. Next, make the casing for the Swiffer duster handle. Fold the small pieces of fabric to one side, align the base of the prongs at the edge of the fabric, and center the prongs over the middle seam where the small and large pieces were joined together. reusable swiffer duster cloths4. Trace close to side edge of prong all the way to the edge of fabric, leaving spaces where the curved areas of the prongs are. It is better to leave a little extra space where the curved areas are than to leave too little space. Fold small piece of fabric to opposite side and trace prongs again the same way. reusable swiffer duster clothsreusable swiffer duster clothsreusable swiffer duster cloths5. Fold top and bottom small pieces to one side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel. reusable swiffer duster cloths 6. Fold top and bottom small pieces to opposite side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel. reusable swiffer duster cloths 7. Open up top and bottom small pieces at middle seams and lay flat. Slide Swiffer duster handle into the casing you have sewn, in between the 4 large pieces of flannel. Curved areas on prongs should slide into the spaces you left when you stitched the casing in step 6 and hold the handle in place. reusable swiffer duster clothsreusable swiffer duster cloths 8. Beginning with top layer of large flannel piece, trim approximately 1″ of fabric from edge on both sides. reusable swiffer duster cloths 9. Continue trimming each layer approximately 1″ shorter than the layer beneath it. reusable swiffer duster cloths 10. Turn duster cloth over and repeat steps 8-9 with opposite side. reusable swiffer duster cloths 11. Beginning with narrowest layer, clip edges of flannel at 1/2″ intervals along length of duster. reusable swiffer duster cloths 12. Repeat with the next flannel layer beneath. reusable swiffer duster cloths 13. Continue clipping edges of all layers on each side of duster cloth. reusable swiffer duster cloths 14. Ruffle up all clipped edges, and this is what you will have: reusable swiffer duster cloths 15. Throw your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth in the washer and dryer to let the edges fray. You may need to clip some loose or dangling strands of thread. reusable swiffer duster cloths 16. Let your kids, husband, and even you (ya, you) fight over who gets to do the dusting! Want proof that your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth works? Here ya go. reusable swiffer duster cloths