I saw something last night that reminded me of the magnetic fishing game and decided right there and then that today was the day to make one. Surprisingly I managed to get most of it done during nap time, thanks to my Cricut Maker cutting all the felt so perfectly for me. Then I shipped the kids and my supplies off to my parents house to quickly sew up the fish. Fortunately it was a hit and is already being played with! I’ve included all the steps, the link to my project in Cricut Design Space (for the fish template) and how to prevent your mat from getting fill of fluff when working with felt.
What you need:
Magnets (or 1 strong magnet and some small coins)
Cricut Project Link
Transfer tape (optional)
Craft glue (optional)
What to do:
Drill a small hole in the end of your dowel. Thread your string through and tie a knot in the end. Check that the knot is big enough to keep the string from slipping through the hole.
Tie a knot in the end of the string. Glue the magnet and knot to one of the felt circles. Add the second piece of felt on top and sew around the edge to hold both the string and magnet in place.
Using the Cricut Project Link, cut out as many fish as you want for your game. We’ve made 13 fish, so cut 26 pieces from various felt colours.
Tip: To protect your fabric grip mat from fluff, use transfer tape in between your felt and mat. Make sure the transfer tape is stuck on sticky side UP and then place the felt onto the transfer tape.
How perfect is that cut?
Match up your felt fish pairs and sew around the edge. Leave a big enough gap to slip a small coin (or other flat metal object into the front of the fish. Sew a small pocket into the fish’s face, almost like a gill line. This will hold the coin in place.
If you’d like to add the tail detail for the the straight tailed fish, simply glue them on. In the end I decided to leave them off for now.
All that’s left to do is let your kids have fun!