Fabric Chess / Velcro Chess

Introduction: Fabric Chess / Velcro Chess

Hello World,

My first few steps in to DIY were chess set's. Somehow it is easy, fun and there are many different was to do it.

This fabric chess I made mainly for portability.

A list of things you need

- Felt
- A Band of Velcro (as broad and wide as you wish your pieces)
- Glue
- Scissors
- Neocolor wax crayons

Step 1: Making the Board

I located a simple chess board vector graphic and formated it to the appropriated size.

Given that I already knew what kind of velcro tape I had available I resized it to fit with that one.

If you buy everything from scratch I am sure you will see more possibilities.

Also I wanted it small and light so I could easily carry it along in my bag.

Then I taped it on to the felt and started working row by row.

Cutting & Colouring

I used black felt so I had to cut and colour the white field of my board.

Step 2: Finishing the Board

After colouring all rows, I removed the tape and drew a red border around my field by hand.

Then I used some fancy scissors with zig-zag patern to cut the thing out the big felt piece I had.

I used some of the left over velcro to make a strap to keep it closed when folded. Sew the thing on by hand. Which is probably not the best way to go... ;) or maybe it is if you know what you are doing.

Step 3: Making the Pieces

I had a band of velcro and pre cut 32 pieces, as long as the band was broad to get square chips  (ca. 2cmx2cm).

Again I made it very simple: www.google.com, Royality Free Vector Clipart ... Chess Figures ...

é voilà

resized them to the appropriate size, and printed the white and black side.

So I cut the printed figures out, and glued them on to the velcro chips I prepared.

And that is it...

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    I love the idea of using velcro in portable version of the game. Was that your own idea to use it?

    I think I'll use velcro in some travel games versions. ^^


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, I don't reminder to well.

    But I think... It was my idea... instead of magnetism... which is quite commen with travel-games. And of course I had it in the house ;)

    Sry, for my reply delay but I have so many online-existences, sometimes it is hard to keep track of them all.