Handmade Memory Game

by gidget on November 11, 2013

in creativity,sewing & crafts,tutorials

memory game

This post was originally published Jan 25, 2011. It is still one of my favorite homemade kids’ gifts that I’ve made. These little photo memory games were for my daughter and my niece, who were both three and a half at the time.

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It was simple, yet did take a little time. First, I started with a sweet, embroidered zipper pouch. I use Cindy’s pattern over at Skip to My Lou. If you’re not a sewista yourself, you could easily use a store-bought bag, or repurpose something to hold the cards.


Then I packed it full of family photo cards!

I printed out wallets (they come in 4-packs, which was perfect since I needed 2 of each photo for each girl), pasted/stuck them to cardstock and then laminated them for longevity (I do mine at a local teacher supply store).


Add a few directions, and voila!

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I loved this gift because Gigi was just starting to get into games, and she really loves looking at photos. It gave her a way to connect to her cousins near and far, too. :) We still play this game, almost three years later, with all three kids. Although we’ve since added 7 (!!) new kiddos to the extended family, so it might be time for an update…

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Tiffany January 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Riley was playing with hers yesterday. She had Brodys picture and brought them over and said “this is Brody, right?”


gidget January 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I’m so glad she likes it! :)


angelina January 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

this is such a cute idea! i can’t wait for micah to be old enough to play :) maybe by then i’ll be brave enough to try a zipper :)


gidget January 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

it’s not as hard as it looks, I’ll teach you how. :)


Kacy January 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm

ok, I sooo love this! I just might have to make some for Christmas gifts next year. :)
Love you friend!

And PS… I am so stoked that you are “counting gifts” too!!! It’s been amazing for me!!! :)


Krissa February 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

I love this! I don’t think I’d be able to sew the cute pouches, but I could definitely make the cards…such a cute idea!
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annie February 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I meant to tell you that I was making one of these for Valentines Day!!! Cute idea:) Thanks.


Glyniss November 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Thanks for this great idea!


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