This episode is subtitled: ‘How’s your memory…?’
I was telling the girls in the flower shop about the children’s game I’d been making for this week’s project. It’s a memory game like the one where you lay lots of cards out face down and take it in turns to flip two over, hoping to pick out a pair. The only difference with this game is that it’s made from old plastic milk bottle lids and you have to find pairs of matching fabric instead of two identical pictures.
Anyway, that got us talking about how your short-term memory is supposed to be less reliable as you get older, especially if you don’t exercise it.
Have you ever run upstairs for something and completely forgotten what you’ve gone for? It happens quite a lot with me now and I’m hoping a few of you are nodding your heads too. I can put some of my lapses down to inefficiencies in multi-tasking – trying to do too many things at once, such as going to get the clean sheets for the bed then seeing a cardigan that needs to be hung up then spotting some fluff in the wardrobe so getting the vacuum cleaner out then when Blue and I are ready to turn in for the night, finding the bed isn’t made up.
They are just little things but I spent some time with my sewing circle ladies this weekend and that got me a bit spooked. We were at Claire’s house and as I walked into her lounge I said, Oh, your new sofa’s arrived! It looks great,’ and then as I sat down I added, ‘it’s so comfy.’
The new sofa was worthy of the praise but apparently I’d said the exact same thing last time! I had no recollection of this and when I re-told the story in Tulips, Jaz (mid thirties with total recall) thought I was making it up, but I wasn’t. Oh dear. Is anyone else as bad as this?
I think I should play the game to keep my brain active. I’ll probably need to save twice as many lids to make it more difficult and find someone who’ll play it with me three times a day! I don’t think Blue’s going to be up for it (and in any case I’d be worried he might beat me). Ah well, here’s how I made it.
I saved the lids for weeks but when I came to inspect them closely there were several that looked nearly the same but weren’t identical, which is no good for this game. I managed to gather 18.
Even though I’d rinsed each of them as I was collecting them, I gave them all a good scrub to get rid of every last scrap of dried milk.
I cut out a cardboard template for the inside of the lid.
The fabric can show through the lids so I decided each one should be lined with paper. The easiest way to make sure there was complete overlap between the fabric and the paper was to glue (PVA glue) the pieces of fabric to the paper then use the template to cut out two of each. Below is a picture of the fabric stuck to an A4 piece of paper so you can see how little was needed for 18 lids, which meant most came from my scraps jar.
Here they are ready to glue into the lids.
All ready to play.
If your pattern is large it makes the game a bit harder. My patterns were all quite small – this one is the trickiest, but it’s still not difficult.
I also made a gingham drawstring bag to keep them in.
Now all I need is to find a child to play with.
- Use coloured felt for young children to make a simple memory game; use large patterns to make the game more difficult for older children.
- Keep adding to your game as you get more lids!
- Plastic milk bottle lids
- Scraps of fabric
I was inspired by this feature from Purl Soho. It was another very quick project to make (once you’d saved the lids) and there were so many lovely photos I’ve given you lots this week. Hope you like it.
Please have a go yourself and post your photos on Facebook.
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