Fabric Marble Maze (Tutorial)

When I saw an idea on Pinterest from Serving Pink Lemonade for a marble travel game I pinned it as a possible Christmas gift idea.  I finally got around to making some yesterday and this morning.

I am going to share my tutorial for how I made four fabric marble mazes because I have changed the original idea enough to warrant a photo guide to what I did.

The four fabric mazes above were made with leftover fleece.  If you peruse the archives here you will probably see quite a few projects that have been made with those fabrics.  I’m trying to use up everything in my stash.

To make a fabric maze like I did you will need the following materials:

Fleece Fabric
1 or 2 Small Marbles
Rotary Cutter
Sewing Machine

You will first need to cut two pieces of fleece that are 7 inches wide by 8 inches high.

Next, pin the fleece, right sides together.  Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew around the fleece on all sides.  Be sure to leave a 1-2 inch opening for inserting the marble(s), though.

I recommend using a triple stitch to ensure that the seams are sturdy enough to stand up to use by children.

Turn the fleece right side out and push the corners out.

Now comes the fun part of creating the maze.  For this maze I made lines that were 1 inch apart and stopped 1 1/2 inches from the side.  I alternated back and forth as to which lines stopped where.  I stitched a total of 6 lines that were 4 inches long.   Again, use a triple stitch.

If you will notice in the picture the first line on the left started at the bottom and ended 1 1/2 inches from the edge.  Then the next line started on the edge at the top and stopped 1 1/2 inches from the bottom. You have to leave room for the marble to go from one end of the maze to the other that is why the lines don’t go all the way from edge to edge.

Insert your marble through the opening and move it out of the way towards the other end.

Sew the opening closed using a triple stitch on the outside right along the edge.  That’s all there is to it.  It is a simple project depending on how you decide to make the maze.  A few of the designs I am about to show you took quite a little while.

This maze is for Joseph who is 4 now.  It is the most basic maze and I used only 1 marble.  I wrote the tutorial for this design.

For Joshua, my 7 year old, I used the same concept but stitched the lines on the diagonal.  If you use this design, make sure to leave 1 to 1 1/2 inches on alternating sides to allow for the marble to go from one end to the other.  I stitched 6 lines using a triple stitch.  I added 2 marbles this time, though.

This maze is for James (9).  I stitched a line down the center and then 3 sets of  short lines on the sides and 3 long lines in the middle.  I again kept my lines 1 inch apart and 1 to 1 1/2 inches from the edges and the center line and used a triple stitch.

I inserted 1 marble on each side, so he will basically have 2 mazes.  I was thinking that it might be fun for him to try to race to see whether his left or right hand can move the marble to the end fastest.

I wasn’t sure whether I should make Julia (12) a marble maze, but decided to go for it.  I made the stitching go around and around.  All lines are 1 inch apart and there are a couple of openings for the marble to go through.  I chose a thread color that blended in to make it more difficult.  I’m not sure that this is the most challenging design, but it is different from the others. I didn’t want any to be the same.  Again, I used a triple stitch.

Here I am trying to figure out the maze design for Julia.  Joseph grabbed my camera and snapped a picture of me sewing this morning.  I don’t think he knows anything about my blog really, but I thought I would put this picture on here because he was so proud that he took such a good picture.  :)

Finally, I wanted to share with you what not to do.  I thought I would be all clever and just start sewing swirls.  When I stuck a marble in it just didn’t work.  Maybe you are better at designing mazes than I am and could make a curvy design work.  Instead of ripping out stitches, I just started over.  I think this will be a fine dust cloth.

I am anxious to see whether the kids enjoy these mazes or not.  I will try to remember to let you know.

  • Rachel E.

    Very cute idea!  Thanks for sharing.  

    • http://blessingsoverflowing.blogspot.com/ Jackie

      Thanks, Rachel!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7PZBVFPZZ3LES35AUYE374EUZU Becky

    So cool.

    • http://blessingsoverflowing.blogspot.com/ Jackie

      Thanks, Becky!

  • Amber

    I saw this idea on Pinterest and am planning on make a few myself  :)

    • http://blessingsoverflowing.blogspot.com/ Jackie

      I bet your kids will like them, Amber.  I think mine will like the bigger size than the one on Pinterest.  

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  • emily

    This is a fabulous idea, especially as a quiet activity in church! And great for the scrap fleece that I have nothing else to make with!

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      Thanks, Emily! Happy sewing. :)

  • Terese

    Whether homemade or store-bought, most toys are played with for 2 days and then tossed aside. However, I think my Amish neighbors’ children will enjoy this as a quiet diversion during their 3-hour church services (held every other Sunday). No batteries or electricity required!

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      Terese, you are right about many of the toys kids get. There are a few that make the cut but often it is the non-toys that hold their attention the longest (ex. boxes, pots and pans, etc.). If you make these for the Amish children I would love to know what they think of them. It sounds like just the right thing for them. :)

  • Denise Greene

    I’ve noticed most people make these with fleece, is that to allow the marble to slide around better? Would any cotton fabric work? (Or an extra layer or felt inside a cotton outside?) I’m trying to use what I have! Thanks!

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      I understand wanting to use what you have on hand, Denise. I think the purpose of using fleece is that it is stretchy enough to allow the marble to move more easily than cotton fabric probably would. You could make one out of felt if you have that on hand. You could also try your cotton fabric but make the space between your stitching a little larger than I did ust in case there isn’t enough stretch. Good luck and let me know how your marble mazes turn out.

  • diane powell

    when you say “triple stitch” do you mean three stitches per inch or do you mean stitch the seam three times…?

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      Hi, Diane. I am sorry for the confusion. I will have to add a better explanation. A triple stitch is a specific stitch that many machines have which sews over each stitch 3 times. So, it will take a stitch forward, a stitch backward, and a stitch forward for each stitch. You definitely want more than 3 stitches per inch and you don’t want to have to sew 3 times. If you don’t have a triple stitch on your machine you might want to sew around the perimeter 2 times to ensure the seam won’t bust. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions.