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Completing the quilted tic tac toe game set


I’ve had some serious fun this week sewing Banyan Batiks’s Recess fabric into a quilted game. There’s still a little bit of sewing left to do today. In yesterday’s post, we pieced and quilted the game board. The pieced Xs and Os still need to be quilted and we’ll also make a bag to carry them in.

Let’s get started finishing!


Quilted tic tac toe game set
Quilted tic tac toe game set


Make blocks into quilted playing pieces

1. Sandwich playing piece (X or O) with the corresponding background fabric.
2. Lay batting square on pinning surface.
3. Place backing square Right Side UP.
4. Place pieced block Right Side DOWN.


X block pieces
X block pieces


5. Pin around leaving a 2″ turning gap on one side.
6. Sew around, backstitching on both sides of the turning gap.
7. Clip corners then turn playing piece right side out.
8. Finger press gap seam and topstitch around edge.

Repeat on remaining 9 game pieces.


Pieced O blocks ready to be quilted
Pieced O blocks ready to be quilted


I quilted the corresponding shapes in the game pieces too – scroll back up to the first photo to see. The pieces do need some quilting to keep them flat and so that they will hold their shape if you need to wash them.

Now that the quilting is done it’s time to make a bag to carry all the game pieces in. Lucky for us we have enough fabric leftover from the fat quarters to make one just the right size.

Make carrying bag

Trim leftover O fabric to 8″ x 21½″.
1. Fold over each short end to make hems – fold ¼″ then ¼″ again and sew.
2. Fold fabric in half Right Sides Together with hems lined up.
3. Before going further make a tie with leftover X fabric for the bag:

Cut X fabric to 1½″ x 15″.

Repeat pressing and folding to make a tie in the same manner as tie made for the game board.
(press ¼″ each side towards the middle, press in half with each end folded ¼″ in before pressing in half; sew once down the middle)


Bag fabric hemmed and tie made
Bag fabric hemmed and tie made


4. Fold tie in half and pin approximately 1″ – 2″ down between the folded bag fabric and pin to secure.
5. Sew down each side of the bag, stitching over the tie twice, backstitching at the hem edge.
6. On one bottom corner of the bag, line up the ruler with a 1½″ square and cut off a square of fabric under the ruler.


Cutting square to box bag corner
Cutting square to box bag corner


7. Make boxed corners by opening the fabric corner then making a straight edge between the corner of the square and sew across.
8. Repeat on opposite bottom corner of bag.
9. Turn the bag right side out.


Boxed corner seam
Boxed corner seam


Optional: zigzag or serge the seams of the bag (nice touch for gift giving and probably necessary if you need to wash it!)


Carrying bag beside quilted game pieces
Carrying bag beside quilted game pieces



Carrying bag and quilted game
Carrying bag and quilted game


Now that the sewing fun is over, it’s time to play with the quilted game! I have to tell you that I’ve played this with my husband and teenage daughter and they both enjoyed it – my daughter even beat me! The ‘playability’ is huge and making it portable, with large size pieces just increases the fun. From young children to older, take your quilted game board made from Recess fabric out for some fun!


This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Making a quilted tic tac toe game board

I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.


  1. Lori Morton

    Wow…thank you for sharing this tutorial!! Want to make a few..maybe few more! lol…for fun Christmas gifts for grankiddo’s & few friends too. Looks like great fun! 🙂

  2. Nancy Giese

    This is such a cool look! I’m going to try this one. Thanks for sharing

    • Your welcome, Nancy! Glad you like it. It was really fun to create with the Recess fabric line from Banyan batiks 😉 The line definitely inspired the design!

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