Chez Beeper Bebe has a tutorial for making matching games from fabric that inspired my attempts. I have the worst time sticking to directions. I always end up venturing off the path to try some new idea. These have numbers of changes from the very nice ones on the tutorial. So here are my three versions.
This first one has farm animals to match up and a bag that closes with a button.
I used the same fabric for the bag lining and the backs of each piece. For all three sets, I sewed around the square leaving an opening for turning and to stuff in a square of batting. I hand sewed them shut and sewed in about a quarter of an inch around the outside to stabilize the batting. This is a picture of the bag closed. I used a loop of very thin, rounded elastic (I can't think of the right name for it now) sewn into the back top seam of the bag to pull over the button which is sewn a few inches down the front center of the bag.
Since I had enough animal prints to do another, I tried out a new bag design.
For this one I tacked the ribbon to the back with a few stitches to keep it from getting lost. I did the bag as two long strips sewn together leaving an opening for turning right side out. Then I stuffed half of the bag to the inside for the lining. I made the strip just a tiny bit narrower at one end so that the lining end would fit in nicely. Since I forgot to put the fabric picture on the front before sewing up the bag, this one just has the picture held in place on the bag with double-sided iron-on. There is no finishing stitch around the edge of the picture. The button bag has the edges sewn which I would prefer. However, I don't think these kinds of things get used heavily enough to make much of a difference. Here is the bag with the pieces:
The backing is the same as the other set.
I found another great fabric with musical instruments that I thought might work for this project. I should probably have looked for a fabric that would work with the browns/tans instead of the black I chose for the bag and backing. It's a bit drab for kids, but here it is:
I tried a drawstring for this bag.
I squared off the bottom of all three bags by sewing triangular corners and serging them.
I really can't decide which bag I like more. The drawstring and ribbon will probably travel better. The button one, though, has the advantage of providing the wee ones with some eye-hand coordination practice.