Floor Checkerboard

Top stitched around the outside of the checker so you could SEE it!! Helps it to stand out.

Top stitched around the outside of the checker so you could SEE it!! Helps it to stand out.

alternating red and black squares (4") - did these in typical chain piecing- quilter style.  (1/4" seam allowance)

checkerboard has 64 squares – need 3 more rows
Marked a silver stitching line on the black border.

lining up the ruler in preparation for trimming all around the board. used the rotary cutter and ruler to get a nice "straight" edge all around the checkerboard Marked a silver stitching line on the black border.

Used 1/2 a fat quarter to make a bag.
Checkers bag, complete with button closure

Checkers bag, complete with button closure

top stitched the checkers in opposing colors so they were more visable

My first attempt at making a floor checkerboard was a success. 

*it was easier than getting my photo’s in the right order on this blog*

 A typical checkerboard has 64 squares; 8 rows down & across!  You can use any color, I chose red and black.

I decided to use FELT for the squares and fabric for the border and back.  The checkboard size was based on the size of the felt checkers I made

My finished board was 36″ x 36″ square.

I started with a 3″ round circle for the checkers, so decide the squares would be 4″.   You need 12 finished checkers in each color.

Starting with the checkers — I cut 2 circles for each checker.  I wanted the felt to have a little “heft” to it. (see do-overs at the bottom).  (Note – my daughter asked for “extra checkers” in case the kids lose one.  I ended up making 15 of each color)

I searched for a crown for one side, and found one at JoAnn’s Fabric store, in the scrapbooking aisle. It was a raised  crown, about 2″ wide.  I scanned it, and then edited it in PAINT to adjust the colors to my preferences.  I have a touch screen monitor, so it was easy to “paint” using the stylus on my screen. (That I had the screen at 400 % really helped fill in the design. )  Once the “art” was completed, I copied it over to WORD into a label template.  I used an AVERY return address label size, and printed on iron on t-shirt transfer sheet. (I mirrored the image, since I had written KING on the crown).  Once the transfer was finshed, I ironed the whole sheet onto a piece of white cotton fabric (old sheet).  Once they were cut out, I was ready to start.  I laid out a group of checkers on a strip of interfacing; and topstitched around the crown label; through the felt.  The interfacing gave the needle something to grab.  Once 1/2 of the circles had a crown, I sandwiched them together,  (interfacing in the middle) and top stitched around the edges.  I went around the checker 3 or 4 times. Initially I used matching thread, but went back afterwards and used contrasting thread one time around.  It really made the checkers pop on the board.

The checkerboard was done using “strip piecing”.  I had sheets of felt from the craft store; 8.5″ x 11 ” .  I used my rotary cutter and ruler, cut the sheets lengthwise and stitched strips of black and red together.  I put 4 rows of black and red together, before I cut them into squares.  The strips were 4 1/4″ and were cut to 4 1/4″ squares.  It made for VERY quick rows.   Once all the rows were joined, I did my best to press the seams flat.  Once they were flattened out, I used a piece of iron on interfacing to back the entire checkerboard.  I did some “stitch in a ditch” stitching along side the seam of the squares. The interfacing again, gave the needle something to bit too, plus it help the felt “flatten out” somewhat.

I used my rotary cutter & ruler to square everything up and went to work on a fabric border.  After the boarder was on, I backed the checkerboard with the same black fabric.  Pinned the checkerboard together with the backing,  ran 1 seam through the center of the board horizontal and vertical.   Then, I marked around the border in silver pencil  a line to “fancy stitch” with a leaf pattern. I stretched that stitch out as wide and long as my machine would allow.  (Still pretty small, and not highly visable, but will keep the bottom fabric from shifting)  I cut my binding to 2″ wide, folded in half and stitched on the back, turned it to the front, and used a wide zig/zag stitch around the front to hold the binding in place.   All in all, it turned out very well.

I decided the checkers needed a storage containment facility, so I made a little “pillowcase style” bag from 1/2 of a fat quarter of fabric.  I put a button on the top to close it.

My “do-overs” — If I was to Do this Over – I would find a way to make the checkers more substantial.  I used 2 layers of felt with the interfacing and they are just a little “lean”.  I didn’t want to put any fiberfill because I wanted them to stay FLAT for stacking.  Next time, I think I would cut a circle of CRAFT FOAM SHEET and put in the center, before I stitch around the outside. (Felt circles would have to be a bit larger than the foam, so you could get it past the pressure foot of the machine).  That is the ONLY thing I would do differently!

on the interfacing for quick stitching

on the interfacing for quick stitching


3 thoughts on “Floor Checkerboard

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