This portable game mat is dressed up with button playing pieces (taking an expedition to choose them can be part of the fun). If you like, make a little bag for them, using a felt circle and a thread or ribbon tie.
You will need:
2 (6-inch) squares of felt
Ruler and chalk
Embroidery thread and needle
1. Stack the felt squares. Using the ruler and chalk, mark out a tic-tac-toe board on the top layer, with the lines spaced two inches apart.
2. Using an arm's length of the thread, knotted at one end, sew a running stitch over each chalk line, starting and ending your stitching between the layers so that the knots are hidden. Trim excess thread and rub off the chalk marks.
Originally published in the August 2013 issue of FamilyFun