Magnetic Felt Fishing Game – Pattern & Tutorial

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Magnetic Felt Fishing Game Pattern & Tutorial
{This pattern is for personal use only.}

You will need:

  • Felt (4 different colors, about 8×10)
  • 8 Buttons
  • 8 Wiggly Eyes**
  • 8 Washers
  • 2 Extra Strong Magnets
  • A 12” Wooden Dowel
  • 3’ of ¼” Ribbon
  • Felt Scraps
  • Glue Gun

**Make sure the wiggly eyes fit inside the buttons you’ve selected. There are various different sizes, so it should be fairly easy to find some that work.

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Cut out your pieces (layer two pieces of felt for the body to save time) and assemble.

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Pin the fin to the fish body (one on each side), carefully making them symmetrical (if you are OCD like me.)


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Sew a fin piece onto a body piece. I skipped the scalloped part of the fin; feel free to do this too. Repeat for the other side making sure that you sew the fin onto the correct side, mirroring the previous fin.

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Now that the fins are on, sew the eyes on. Do both simultaneously so that the body pieces are ‘pinned’ together, making sure that the body pieces match up well.

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Starting at the tail, sew ¾ of the way around the fish body with a 1/8” seam allowance.

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Half way through sewing the body together put 2 washers inside the fish body.

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Continue sewing the body closed.

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Repeat for the next three fish. (Now is also a good time to start warming up your glue gun.)

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Hot glue the wiggly eyes onto the buttons. Use a generous amount of glue to ensure that the eyes don’t fall off. I cover about ¾ of the button surface with glue and press the wiggly eye into the button creating a little glue ‘lip’ around the eye. (You can skip this part if you’re worried about the choking hazard that these could pose if they were to fall off.)

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Now assemble the fishing pole. Using the magnets, trace and cut two felt circles out of your felt scraps.

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Hot glue the ribbon between the two magnets and glue a felt circle on each end. (I started with one magnet and it wasn’t powerful enough, I definitely recommend using two extra strong magnets.)

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Using the dowel to measure, cut a piece of felt that surrounds the circumference of the dowel in width and about 1 ½” for the length.

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Glue about an inch of the ribbon onto the dowel with the long part of the ribbon falling off the end (like a fishing pole) and glue the felt piece around the ribbon further sealing it.

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Like so.

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Now enjoy your fishing game!! My two year old loves this game and it’s a great busy bag idea.

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