Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tutorial & Giveaway! Ostara-Spring Themed Matching Game


Ostara – Eostra – Spring Blessings on Everyone

Eostra is a huge Pagan & Heathen holiday for the kids. In our house I keep trying to make it bigger and bigger every year. On Saturday I’ll be sharing our family photos for the Spring has Sprung Blog Hop. If you haven’t signed up to join make sure to hit the post and leave a comment with the name of your blog and it’s web address.
Today though I’m sharing a tutorial for this cute fabric Spring Matching game.
I’m also running a Giveaway of one set for one of our readers. Jump to the End of this post to enter and get more details.

What’s Needed

  • 1/4 yard of 3 Spring Themed Fabrics (front fabrics)
  • 1/2 yard of 1 Spring Themed Fabric (backing fabric)
  • Small amount Felt in at least 3 different colors.
  • Coordinating thread or embroidery floss.
  • PDF Pattern of the shapes

What to Do

After printing out the PDF Pattern I cut out each of the shapes. PrintOutSpring Matching Game
From the felt I cut out 2 of each shape. Then I set them aside.
Now I cut out 4 1/2 inch squares from the fabric.
  • 4 from each of the 3 front fabrics
  • 12 from the backing fabric
I have a nice template for cutting squares of this exact size. It isn’t necessary but if you want one you can find them here on Amazon (yes this is an affiliate link) or in the quilting section of your local fabric store. IMG_1276
Now it’s time to sew each felt piece to one of the front squares. I hand stitched each one on in a coordinating thread.
I did make simple differences to the PDF.
For the Chick I cut out the feet as whole group and used the stitching to show the detail.IMG_1270
I did something similar for the flower. I cut out all the petals as one piece and using embroidery to create the design. It could be done either way though.IMG_1262
For the Eggs I used ribbon to decorate them.
I cut my pieces of ribbon to be just a bit longer than the width of the egg. IMG_1271
I spray the backs of the ribbon with spray adhesive wrapped the ribbon around.  IMG_1272IMG_1274IMG_1275
I then stitched the egg to the fabric.
Once all the felt pieces are sewn onto their fabric it’s time to put them together.
With the right sides together stitch around the outside of each square but leave about 2 inches open to turn the piece right side out.IMG_1277
Clip each of the corners.IMG_1278
Turn the piece right side out making sure to get the corners nice and square.IMG_1280 Then for the cleanest edges use an iron to press the square flat. Finish it off by top stitching the entire square and make sure to close up the opening used to turn the piece.
In the end you’ll have a Total of 12 pieces, 2 of each design. Now your little one can enjoy their Ostara-Spring Themed Matching Game.

Giveaway Rules

We will be giving away 1 complete set of this game to one of our readers.
**The One Required Entry is a Comment at the Bottom of this Post if you have not left one then you are ineligible to win. Then Use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter your 1st entry and Up to 8 Additional Entries.**

Contest Closes on March 29th at 12:01am (EST)

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I hope you all enjoy and as always add pictures of your projects to our Flickr Group. And if you’d like to received a PDF version of this tutorial make sure to sign up for our Newsletter.

Don’t forget to join in on our Spring Has Sprung Blog Hop also!



  1. We celebrate the coming of Spring by planning out the wee garden, opening all of the doors & windows to air Winter out of the house, & getting ready for an Egg Hunt (grandchild #1s' reason why Ostara is her favorite holiday).

  2. I don't have a huge pagan family so my practices are blessing some seeds and welcoming the new births all around me. I love Spring, one of the greatest times of the year. Lovely post.. blessed be.

  3. Very cool! I don't have children and hubs is non-Pagan so I miss out on all the fun! I don't know where you find the time for all this!:) Rock on girlie!



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