Thursday, August 5, 2010

castle peeps summer camp: tic tac toe... on the go!

well campers... are you ready for some old school fun?
how about some tic tac toe... on the go!

this project was inspired by a few friends of mine & their kids...
we were out to eat and the kids quickly used up every inch of space on their paper place mats... out came a pad of post it notes which was also quickly used up... these kids needed something that could be erased!!
{ liz i'm talking about you... and our trip to ida mae's!}

so when lizzy house asked me to be a camp counselor... i knew i had the perfect plan!

so grab some castle peeps...
{lizzy's current fabric line from andover} 
and join in on the fun!

1/4 yd of Castle Flags in Yellow for Binding
1/2 yd of Castle Heraldry in Gallant Green for sashing
2/3 yd of Castle Town in Gallant Green for backing
1/3 yd of Chalk Cloth
Low Loft Batting {at least 22" x 22"}
Basting safety pins

A few notes on working with Chalk Cloth
1. Do NOT iron the Chalk Cloth.  You cannot iron the chalk cloth.  Even if it doesn't melt it ruins the ability to work as a chalk board.... trust me I tested it out!
2. Limit your pinning as all pin holes in the Chalk Cloth will be permanent.  I did all of my piecing for this project without the use of a single straight pin.
3. Sew carefully!  Just like pin holes leave marks.. so does your needle... if you sew a seam too large and take it out the holes will be there for all to see.
4. Washing - I suggest hand washing your project once it is complete.  The Chalk Cloth does wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Chalk Cloth can be found in my shop! (Sorry about that. We sold out!)
You can find some chalk cloth on Etsy, if you can't find it at your favorite local quilt shop.

1. Cut 9 squares from "chalk" fabric at 5" x 5"

2. Cut 6 small sashing pieces at 2" x 5" from the Castle Heraldry in Gallant Green print.  I fussy cut the print and centered the design.

3. Sew sashing to chalk cloth into rows.  DO NOT IRON!  You cannot iron the chalk cloth.  Even if it doesn't melt it ruins the ability to work as a chalk board.... trust me I tested it out!  Finger Press all seams.  All seams are pressed away from the Chalk Cloth.

4. Cut 2 large sashing strips at 2" x 17"  I again fussy cut these pieces.  {I know the strips look like they are too long compared to the pieced strips, but that is only because with finger pressing the strips appear to shrink up a bit in the photo.}

5. Sew rows to sashing.  Again finger press your seams.

6. Cut borders.  I again fussy cut these pieces.  Cut two at 2" x 17" & cut two at 2" x 20"

7. Sew on side borders.  Then sew on top and bottom borders.  Layer with backing and batting and pin baste with a lot of basting safety pins in all of the non-Chalk Cloth areas.  {Good pinning will help combat the lack of ironing.}  I used Castle Town in Gallant Green for backing.

8. I quilted straight lines through all the sashing and border pieces.  I did them 3/8" away from the seams so that I was just past the Chalk Cloth in the seam & was only quilting through fabric and batting.  {See closeup photo in step 9}

9. Cut 2-3 binding strips from Castle Flags in Yellow for Binding and bind the tic tac toe board.  {Since the tic tac toe board is 20.5"x20.5" you'll need exactly 82" of binding.... which is why I wrote 2-3 binding strips!}  Complete binding directions can be found here.

{the back}

10. Before using your tic tac toe board you will need to "prime" it.  Do this by covering each square in chalk with the side of a stick of chalk.  Then use a slightly damp cloth or paper towel to wipe the chalk off.

11. Start playing!

12. In between games a dry cloth can be used to wipe each square clean.  The previous game may remain very faintly.

13. The board can also be used as 9 small sketch pads!

14.  Lastly... I didn't call this "tic tac toe... on the go" for no reason!  Fold your board accordion style on itself in between the squares.

15. The fold one side over...

16. ...and the other!

17. Pack in a bag with some chalk... and you have instant entertainment!

...and coming soon... a case for your tic tac toe on the go!  In case you are buying your fabric right now... the case will use the remaining fabric from your tic tac toe board and half a yard of Castle Fortress in Gallant Green! Sorry folks, I never did get around to making that carrying case for tic tac toe on the go. If you did, share it online using #jaybirdquilts and tell us all about it. Thanks so much!

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Anonymous said...

Awesome idea, wish I had this when my kids were young! So creative & practical too!

Just JaiCi's Crafts said...

AMAZING idea!!

Vesuviusmama said...

Super fun! I see some Xmas presents for my friends with small kiddos...

Purple Quilter Queen said...

That's a cute idea Julie! I've never seen Chalk Cloth - where do you find it? Too cute. Will you be making one for your nephew too?? Jenn

Natalie said...

this tutorial is TOTALLY AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing.

I can't wait to make this for all of the babies in the family this Christmas.

Do you know of a place I can buy the chalk fabric online?

Vicki W said...

That is incredibly cute!

Belinda said...


Crafty Girl Creations said...

WOW what a great idea! I love it!

Very curious where to find chalk cloth, never heard of it before!!

Tiffaney said...

Julie what a wonderful idea! Do you just hand was the "quilt" or can it go into a machine on a hand wash cycle?

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is so amazing AND I already have chalkboard cloth!! And some Castle Peeps. I'm SOOO set. Thanks, Julie.

Stephanie said...

This is brilliant!!!! I didn't know there was such a thing as chalk board cloth, oh the possibilities! :)

CitricSugar said...

That is absolutely adorable, Julie! Love it.

Brad Herman said...

@jaybird & @Purple Quilter Queen
yea will you be making one for your niece or nephew?

mascanlon said...

Another winner Julie! BTW do you know if the chalk cloth is washable?

NorahS said...

I always learn the most interesting things here!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Love it! That is so creative!

Unknown said...

Love this! I will have to make one for my kiddos.
Great idea!

KarrieLyne said...

Chalk cloth? Who knew! Well you did..but...ya know! ;)

Very cool project!!

Unknown said...

Wow! That's awesome! I never knew chalk cloth existed! I need some now!

Christine said...

So super cute!!!

Angela Nash said...

that is so cute! I have bunch of that chalk cloth - I love the fabric strips as the tic tac toe stripes. Makes it so much more colorful and fun than just painted lines. Can't wait to see the cute bag you make to go with it.

Christina said...

Chalk cloth?!? My world just got a little bigger. Thanks for the great idea and very clear tutorial.

Jacqueline said...

How CUTE.. thanks for sharing

PioneerValleyGirl said...

Smart idea! I think chalk cloth is such an interesting material

Nicole Morris said...

You would make a great camp counselor! Always a trick up your sleeve to entertain the kiddies. Great idea!

Anne said...

That is seriously cool! I linked to your project over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Thimbleanna said...

Very Cute Julie!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

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Sinta Renee said...

Very fuhn! project- I'll play ya' a game! 2 out of 3???

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Another brill idea!,will have to get some chalk cloth! My kids would love this.

Laurel H. said...

Julie, this is GREAT! Forget the kids; I think *I* need one of these!!

Tina in Boston said...

Darn cute! I will be using chalk cloth as soon as I get a chance!

Rose Hughes said...

Julie - this looks like a ton of fun...maybe 'hangman' next?

Unknown said...

Sweet!!! I bought the chalk board fabric a few years ago.... planning to make 'something' This is a great idea!

So seeing that I have been out of work for a 'few' months, I am going to hit the stash to make this up. Trying to be conservative with what I spend on 'extras' these days.

Thank you for the idea and pattern!

Tricia said...

What an awesome idea! And I love the hangman idea someone mentioned above. I might have to take a trip to Cloth and Bobbin to pick some chalk cloth up!

Sammy said...

Very smart idea, obviously you are very creative.

Well done.



leslie said...

i saw this (chalkboard cloth) at joanns the other day and was trying to think what i could do that wasn't just silly. i had no luck. very cute idea.

Valerie said...

Don't know if anyone mentioned it or not, but I found a new-to-me product called Liquichalk. You use it just like chalk and it wipes away with a wet cloth or a baby wipe, but it looks like a pen instead of a chunk of chalk. Pottery Barn sells it, and this is the company's own page: I was thinking you'd have less chalky hands to clean up if you used to pen, and how cute to include a little package of those along with the board. Great gift!

Anonymous said...

I found your project on FavQuilts and I realize it's been three years but the PDF doesn't work. My computer says "your Internet connection appears to working correctly." So I am wondering why I cannot download the project. Thanks, I love the idea.

Elaine P said...

I sawthis months ago but couldn't find my chalkboard fabric. Today when I was cleaning out a big tub I found it & I'm soooo happy as it is a great project to do on a cold, snowy day in Ontario, Canada.