Checkerboard Sewing Pattern
This seven page PDF file gives the complete instructions for making your own Montessori checkerboard to use in your homeschool environment or in your Montessori School! I believe that a fabric checkerboard is actually preferable to the wooden one (I’ve used both), the beads roll around a lot on the wood board which makes it somewhat frustrating to use, no such issue with the fabric checkerboard!
The instructions are complete but they do assume some level of sewing experience. This pattern is suitable for adventurous beginners and up!
Quilted Montessori checkerboard mat sewing pattern.
The mat is functionally identical to the wooden Montessori checkerboard and will take up a fraction of the space. The quilted nature of the mat makes it a very attractive material that is a joy to handle and a cinch to store. I hope you love this checkerboard!
Final checkerboard size is 32″ wide x 18″ tall, the check squares are 3″ x 3″ (which comfortably fits a nine bead bar).
This is a listing for the pattern to sew the mat yourself. Once your transaction is complete you will be able to instantly download the PDF to your computer. No physical products will be sent to you.
BONUS DOWNLOAD: Printable checkerboard number tiles are included with this purchase.
- Main Fabric: A quarter yard of red, green, blue and white quilters cotton, ideally 44-45” wide.
- Background + Backing fabric: A half yard of neutral colored fabric. Colors such as grey, black or cream work best.
- Batting: A half yard of quilters batting
- Elastic or ribbon to tie the rolled up mat. You could make this out of fabric remnants from this project. I used a length of elastic cord.
Estimated material cost: $10-$20
- Unpatterned quilting cotton is ideal for this material, but if you decide to us patterned fabric, ensure that the patterns are subtle.
- Background fabric: Neutral colors work best such as black, gray or cream. I used a canvas fabric, but any fabric will work.
Be sure to check out the Grammar Box sewing pattern too!