When I was growing up, every Saturday night during the winter was devoted to playing games with my parents. My father traveled for most of the week, so these cherished few hours of pure and simple fun were a special way for us to connect.
As I now have children, I find myself back on that same floor, playing the same games of my childhood (literally). My oldest son is a lover of puzzles, chess, checkers and backgammon, and game night is his absolute favorite.
Throughout most of my young years, my parents took us for a week’s vacation to the beach in Maryland, and I always remember my mother playing backgammon in the sand with her sisters and brother. Hours of leisure would go by as those games went on, and I envied their quiet time together.
In honor of Summer, and in anticipation of my family’s many trips to the rivers of Colorado, I created a backgammon board made especially for my little ones. Easy to fold and tie, the board is perfect to throw into any beach bag or back pack, and is easy to use around campfires or on warm sand.
1/2 Yard of felt for top of board
1/2 yard of coordinating felt or flannel for bottom of board
1/4 yard of flannel for board pieces
1/4 yard of coordinating flannel for board pieces
1/2 yard of quilt batting
Begin by cutting one piece of top fabric, and one piece of bottom fabric 18×22″. Cut two pieces of interfacing, and one piece of quilt batting to the same dimensions.
Create a triangular template for your backgammon points, and cut 12 of one color, and 12 of another. The template should be 1″ wide on the top, and 7″ long.
Cut two pieces of ribbon 10″ for your ties, and one piece of the same ribbon 18″ for the center of your board.
Place your 18″ piece of ribbon along the center line of you backgammon board and pin in place. Layout your points, lining up the tops of each with the edge of the fabric.
Using a zig zag stitch, stitch around the two sides of the ribbon, and three sides of each of the points. Press.
Following the maunfacturer’s instructions, fuse the interfacing to the top and bottom fabric pieces. Place the game board top and the bottom fabric right sides together. Place the quilt batting on top of those two pieces, and pin in place.
Sandwich your ribbon ties between the top and bottom fabric pieces, and pin in place.
Beginning in the middle of one side, with a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the entire piece, leaving a three inch opening.
Trim your corners, being careful not to cut your stitches, and turn right side out. Press.
Fold down the edges of your opening, and use a blind hem to close.
Roll your board up, tie, and enjoy game night anywhere.
I made a small drawstring pouch to carry our die and playing disks. Simply place the bag inside of the board as you roll it up, tie, and carry.
Heather Fontenot, a founding co-editor of Rhythm of The Home, lives with her family on the Front Range of Northern Colorado. She has a passion for natural and creative living, and spends as much of her time outdoors as possible. She loves to knit, sew, garden, photograph, read and home school her two sweet little ones. She writes the blog, Shivaya Naturals, where she chronicles her life as a mother, artist, and gluten free baker.