Welp! I was supposed to be working on some new projects with the ScanNCut Machine with a few of my favorites at Brother, but weather, flights cancellations and delays had other plans.  Domino effect is real.  Boo.  

So instead, I’ll share my new favorite with you all: this magnetic quilted tic-tac-toe board!  I know, just about every new project becomes my new favorite.  Either I just change my mind a lot, or it’s like my own “good job!” pat on the back.  Oh well.  I digress. 

But really.  I love this thing. 

This project combines a few different materials being cut on the ScanNCut machine.  It’s a great beginner quilting project to tackle as well!  Not a ton of piecing — and the ScanNCut marks your seam allowances for you anyway!  Let’s jump right in. 



ScanNCut Machine

Standard Mat and Fabric Support Sheet

Pen holder and fabric pen

Standard Blade and Carriage

Quilting Cotton

Poly Felt

Quilt Batting

9 Magnets – I used 1/2″ x 1/16″

9-10 Magnets – I used 1/4″ x 1/16″

Sewing machine and thread

Iron-On Adhesive

Pattern Download — at the end of this post!


1. Begin by prepping your materials.  Place your Fabric Support Sheet on the Standard Mat.  Trim your fabrics down to a size that fits on the mat. The Fabric Support Sheet goes onto the mat, glossy side down.  Remove the protective blue sheet when you are ready to use.


2. We will begin by marking seam allowances. 


3. Place fabrics on the mat.  Background scan to see exactly where the fabrics are placed.


4. Arrange the tic-tac-toe squares on the screen, using the background scan image as your guide. 


5. Begin first by marking seam allowances.  Next, cut out your fabrics.  


// blade depth: 3.5

// blade pressure: 5

// blade speed: 1


6. Continue with the perimeter fabric pieces of the board. 



7. Begin piecing your quilt.  Start with the tic-tac-toe grid.  Piece in strips, 3 across.  Then sew the strips together.  You can either press seams to the side or open. 

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8. When you’ve finished piecing the top, we will attach the magnets that we will pocket inside. 


9. Cut a piece of quilt batting the size of your tic-tac-toe grid.  Measure a grid matching your quilted grid. 


10. Using scrap quilting cotton, iron the Iron-on Adhesive to one side.  Cut out the magnet squares from the pattern download. 

I used the Standard mat with the Iron-On Adhesive down.  I used the same settings as the settings used for the quilting cotton. 



11. Place the magnets in the center of each tile. 


12. Iron the magnet squares over the top of each magnet to hold in place. 


13. Place the magnet grid batting-side up under your quilt.  Place another, larger piece of batting under it.  Complete the quilt sandwich with a large piece of quilting cotton at the bottom. 

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14. Quilt the sandwich using your sewing machine.  If you have a walking foot — use it! :)


15. Now we will cut out our playing pieces from stiff poly felt.  


16. Place the felt on your Standard Mat with the Fabric Support sheet in place. (Remember, if you have a lot of fuzzies and frays, use an alcohol-free and scent-free baby wipe to remove it and clean your mat.)


17. Background scan your felt and place the pattern pieces on the felt. 


18. Change your settings and sit back and let your ScanNCut do the work. ;) 


// blade depth: 8

// blade pressure: 9

// blade speed: 1

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19. Sandwich a small magnet between the two layers and sew the perimeter. 


20. Next, take the circular template and cut from a piece of cardstock or large paper.  Measure and mark center on your quilt and mark the circular perimeter using the template.  Cut and discard scraps. 


21. Now we’ll add the binding!


22. Bias tape is a great way to bind curved edges! You can see in more detail how to bind using bias tape here

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23.  Attach a large hair elastic at the edge.  To roll game, fold in two sides and roll towards the elastic.  Use the elastic to keep game rolled up. 

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Go play tic-tac-toe!  Harlow is enamored with the game — she’s still learning, but her favorite thing to do is block my pieces.  She’s also super fair, and we take turns winning. ;)

Hope you are enjoying summer travels — and having better travel luck than I had yesterday!  This tic-tac-toe board makes the perfect game to bring along!




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