Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow

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Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow Pattern


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Quilting: Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow
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Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow Fold it up into a pillow!
Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow Zippered storage for game pieces
Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow Pocket on the back
Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow Play checkers and chess
Games To Go Checkers & Chess Game/Pillow Chess on the front, Checkers on the back

Pattern Details:

Pattern Details







Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Raw edge applique
  • sewing a 1/4" seam
  • Use rotary cutting tools
  • Bind a quilt (tutorials are available online if you need help)

Pattern Description:

As a quilter and the mother of two boys, I'm always looking for things I can make for my kids. But come on, how many blankets do they really need? As much as I love quilting, I want what I make to be used too, not stuffed in a closet or tucked in a box under the bed.

Well, my boys love to play chess. Yes, even my 5 year old, and he even sometimes wins! So I decided to design this for them. It's nice and big, but still small enough that they could play on the table. And the whole thing is made of fabric and batting, so even if they leave a piece out, it won't feel like I stepped in a bear trap if I find it in the night...Did I mention I designed this for ME too?

This is also ultra convenient because it has a built in pocket to fold the board up into, and a zipper compartment in that pocket to store all the pieces. And it's soft, so it doubles as a little pillow when it's all folded up.

This game can be brought along to the beach, on a road trip, or anyplace you might need a little pillow, or something to do...or both! Get it dirty? No problem, just throw it right in the wash and it's good as new.

Thank you to Frances at for coming up with the name for this pattern!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 34 1/2" x 34 1/2" unfolded
  • 15" x 13" folded


  • Black: 1 yard
  • White: 1 yard
  • Red (or your choice): 1/4 yard
  • Green (or your choice): 1/2 yard
  • Batting: 40x40 piece
  • Backing: 2 yards
  • Thermofleece/Fusible Fleece: 1/4 yard
  • Heat and Bond: One 9x9 piece
  • Binding fabric: 10 inches, cut into 2.5" strips (more if you make bias binding)
  • 18" zipper
  • Thread in matching colors

You Will Also Need:

  • Sewing Machine (with walking foot and zipper foot if you have them)
  • Rotary cutting tools
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Pins
  • Printer to print game piece templates

About Designer

About Designer

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I'm Shannon, and I'd like to thank you for visiting my store! I am a stay at home mom retired from engineering. I'm married with two boys. I'm also a quilter, pattern designer, and even a fabric designer! I've been quilting since the end of 2006, and designing patterns since 2010. I have a few completed so far, with several more in varying states of incompletion. I also have several fabric ...

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