Sew a Quilted Tic-Tac-Toe Game


Sew a Quilted tic-tac-toe gameI need to start out by saying that I am not a quilter but I just had to make this project.  I came across this fun quilted tic-tac-toe game at Karin Jordan Studio and just had to make one for myself and share it with you as well.  This is a great gift for any child who loves the game as much as I did when I was young.  The colors just pop on this game which makes it all the more fun.  In making this project I made a few changes to Karin’s design but I used much of what she did as I thought it was exactly what I was looking for.  This is a great beginner quilting project for those of us that don’t really quilt.  

I have done separate posts on how to do the letters and how to make the bag.  I am just combining them for this post. Not much fabric is required for each component of this game but there are a lot of different colors and patterns to give the fun look that it has.  I delved into my stash for this project and I recommend that you do the same.  I purchased these fabrics at either JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores, or Hobby Lobby but you could go to to get the perfect fabrics for your project.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  

What you will need: Sew a Quilted Tic-Tac-Toe Game

For the Game:

For the Bag:

Step 1:  Create the Letters of the Quilted Tic-Tac-Toe game

You need to create the X’s and O’s for your quilted tic-tac-toe game. This is a super simple process. As I described in my previous post how to make a fabric alphabet cut out 10 six inch squares of the X fabric and 10 of the O fabric.  I used the black check and the blue dot for mine.  In addition, cut 10 six inch squares of quilt batting.  Create a quilt sandwich so that the quilt square is sandwiched between the wrong sides of the fabric and pin.  Trace the X pattern and O pattern onto the fabric.  Stitch around the letters.  Cut around the letters using pinking shears.  It’s alright if you don’t have pinking shears, regular shears will work.  You have now finished your letters.  

Draw your X’s and O’s
Stitch your X’s and O’s
Cut out your X’s and O’s

Step 2:  Create the Quilted Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Take your two game board fabrics and cut a 22″ square as well as a 22″ square of quilt batting.  Fuse 22″ x 3″ of the white fabric to the Pellon Wonder Under following the manufacturer’s instructions.  Cut four 1/2″ strips that are 22″ in length.  Fuse the strips onto your solid colored board fabric evenly to create the tic-tac-toe board.  Stitch along both sides of each of the strips to secure in place.  Karin used a blanket stitch but you can use any stitch you like.  

Fuse first set of lines
Stitch all lines

Step 3:  Quilt the Board

Place the board wrong sides together with the patterned board backing with the batting sandwiched in between.  You can use 505 spray baste to hold them together or just pin. It is up to you. Quilt the board by zig zagging down the center of the divider strips.  That is the only quilting to do on this project.  Once the quilting is done square the board so that it is 21″ square using a rotary cutter.

Sandwich the pieces

Step 4:  Bind the quilted Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Take the binding fabric and create a piece of binding that 90″ x 2 1/2″.  If you do not know how to make binding you can use pre-made binding or follow my tutorial on how to make bias binding.  Stitch the binding to the board following my how to sew bias binding tutorial.Once you have completed the binding you have finished the board.  Now it is time to make the bag.  

Add the binding
Sew a quilted tic-tac-toe game
Finish the binding

Step 5:  Cut out the Bag

First, cut the fabrics:

  • From fabric 1 cut two pieces that measure 8 1/4″ x 2 1/8″ and two pieces that measures 8 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ (dots)
  • Fabric 2 cut one piece that measures 8 3/4″ x 9 1/2″ (solid)
  • From Fabric 3 cut one piece that measures 8 3/4″ x 18 1/2″
  • 2 Pieces of cording that measure 23 1/2″ 
Cut your bag fabrics

Step 6: Stitch the Outer Game Bag

Take the fabric 2 piece that measures 8 3/4″ x 9 1/2″ and the the two fabric 1 pieces.  Place the fabric 1 pieces at each end of the fabric 2 piece right sides together.  Stitch using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Press the seams open.  

Place fabrics right sides together


Step 7: Add the Additional fabric 1 Pieces

Take the two remaining fabric 1 pieces and fold them in half lengthwise and press.  Fold in the short ends by 1/4″ and press.  Place the folded pieces at each short end of the outer bag in the center and clip. You should have folded fabric 1 pieces at both ends of the outer bag.  Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  

Create the casing
Add the casing

Step 8: Add the lining

Take fabric 3 and place it right sides together on the outer bag.  Stitch along the short ends using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Turn right sides out and press the small fabric 1 pieces so that they are facing toward the top.  Turn back right sides together.  Match the small fabric 1 pieces so that seams are aligned and clip.  Sew along the long sides using a 3/8″ seam allowance and leaving an opening along one side of the lining for turning.  Clip the corners open by just snipping the sides without clipping through the stitching.  Press the seams open.  

Add the lining
Fold the lining in half and match the seams
clip the corners

Step 9: Box the corners

Using a Frixion heat erasable pen or some other erasable pen or tailor’s chalk draw a box at each corner that measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.  Pinch the side seam to the bottom seam on each corner and pin.  Make sure that the seams are aligned.  You will create a point on each corner.  Place your ruler on the point and slide it toward the bag until you can measure 3 1/8″ across.  Draw a line.  Repeat for each corner.  Stitch along these lines.  Leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance cut off the excess of the point.  Turn the bag right sides out through the opening you left in the lining.  Sew the opening closed using ladder stitch.  If you are unfamiliar with ladder stitch check out this video. 

Draw the boxes
Box the corners
Cut the excess

Step 10: Add the Cording

Push the lining into the outer bag.  Press.  Wrap the cording around a safety pin or use a bodkin and insert one of the pieces of cording through the channel you created using the small pieces of fabric 1.  You will push the cording through both sides of the channel.  Tie the ends together to prevent them from sliding back through.  Starting on the other side, push the other piece of cording through the two channels and tie the ends. You have now finished your drawstring pouch.  

Finished bag



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