Friday, September 16, 2011

hopscotch mat tutorial

Well, we still have another two weeks of Back-to-School fun, but in the meantime, today you are stuck with me! (Check the sidebar to see current giveaways). How are you enjoying Back-to-School Month so far? Want to hear something sad? Remember that messenger bag I made for Mr. P. to take to school? 

Well, it turns out it's not large enough for his school supplies, so he needs a backpack!! Anyone know of any good backpack tutorials? (Nothing too small, nothing too large?) Looks like it's back to the sewing table for me!

I have such vivid memories of playing hopscotch outdoors at my elementary school (in fact, it might be the only nice memory I have of that particular school. Maybe that's an exaggeration.) In any case, a chalk hopscotch board is all you need on a sunny day to have some fun, but what if it's raining? What if it's nighttime? What if your yard becomes infested with mosquitoes threatening you with West Nile virus and you simply don't want to go outside?

That's when you need to whip out your indoor hopscotch mat!!

There are many different versions of the game, some with boxes that go up to 10 or 12 and some with as few as 5. Since my kids are 2 and 5, I thought I'd make them a game that falls somewhere in the middle, but feel free to alter this as necessary.

Materials Needed: 
6- 10 x 12 1/2 fabric squares
assorted iron-on vinyl
1 fabric half circle
quilt batting

The first thing you want to do is cut your six squares into 10"x12 1/2" pieces. I pulled fabric from my scrap pile and decided to stick with a blue-ish color scheme. 

Putting two of these 10" x 12 1/2" pieces side by side (the 10 inch side touching) figure out what size semi circle you want at the top. 

If you have yet to read about the saga of the Silhouette machine and its owner (that would be me), let's just say we haven't been getting along. I decided to give her another shot with this project thinking I could use her to cut all of those vinyl numbers. So I prepared backwards numbers (if you use iron on, the numbers have to be reversed, but if you use adhesive, they do not). 

See how pretty my numbers were? I sent them to the Silhouette and she made the most awful, grating sound. Something was definitely wrong. (I have since called the company and they've talked me through resetting the machine so it gets back on track). Long story short, I had to hand cut all those numbers. Ugh - I mean, great exercise in fine motor skills! 

At this point, I applied the vinyl numbers to the various squares. But in theory, you could wait until the sewing portion is done to ensure they end up perfectly centered. 

Now, we sew. Taking the numbers that stand side by side (in the case of my hopscotch mat, that's the 2 and 3 and the 5 and 6) place each pair right sides together and sew along that 10 inch side that will be touching. 

Next, place you're number 1, right sides together with the 2 and 3 piece where they will end up next to each other and sew. 

Continue doing this until the front of the mat is completed!

For the back, I chose a vibrant yellow to match the yellow of the vinyl. Place the backing material under the front of the hopscotch mat and using chalk, trace the shape. 

Cut out the yellow shape. 

Now do the same with the quilt batting, place it under the front of the hopscotch mat and trace. 

Then cut. 
So now you have three layers you're working with, the hopscotch mat, the bottom color and the batting. You want to set it up for sewing as follows:

Batting on the bottom, yellow (or whatever color you choose) right side face up in the middle and hopscotch mat facing down on top. You'll notice my cutting isn't exact. This is NOT a problem. My plan when sewing, is so simply follow the line of the hopscotch mat and trim any extra material that comes off of the batting of bottom yellow color. 


Pin that puppy all together. And sew, lifting the needle and rotating at each corner. BE SURE AND LEAVE A 4 INCH GAP FOR TURNING AT THE BOTTOM (where your number 1 square is.)

Now, through that 4-inch gap you left, reach in and turn the whole thing right side out, making sure you push out all the corners with your fingers or whatever fancy tool you may have for doing such things. 

You can also place some vinyl or any other non-skid substance on the back (yellow side) in order to keep it from slipping when your little cherubs are playing on it. 

Let the games begin!!!


  1. It does! I place some pieces of vinyl on the back for extra grip!

  2. what a great idea. I loved hopscotch too!


  3. Great idea for some indoor fun - and a lovely clear tutorial too!

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  4. Hi there, that's a neat idea for indoor fun on a rainy day. I remember playing hopscotch when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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