Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing Completed Craft

By Patricia Zapata

You may be only catching fish when you finish this project but there are so many other creatures you can add. A shark, octopus or crab would be great additions to your school of fish. Colors and different fabrics can also be included to make texture an added element in this game. Mom or dad will need to help out with some of the steps, but toddlers can help assemble and style their under-the-sea friends.

You’ll need:

    • Small square of cotton or linen fabric
    • Fabric scissors
    • Wooden dowel
    • Small hand saw
    • Sand paper (optional)
    • Twine (14” long)
    • Magnet (3/4” wide)
    • Orange felt
    • Black marker
    • Paper clips
    • Orange thread
    • Sewing needle


1. Cut the linen or cotton quilt piece of fabric into circle that is 4” wide. Cut the dowel down to 12” in length and sand the ends if necessary.
2. Place the magnet in the center of the circle piece of fabric. Gather the edges and close wrap the twine tightly around the fabric. Tie the opposite end of the twine to the dowel.
3. Cut out fish shapes from the orange felt that are approximately 3.5” long and 2.5” wide.
4. Using the black marker draw an eye on each of the fish. Add the paper clips in the position of the mouth. Sew a few stitches around the paper clips to secure them permanently to the felt.
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