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
- A Band of Velcro (as broad and wide as you wish your pieces)
- 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 ...
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...