I've always loved the simple game of memory. There are so many whimsical and artistic variations on this playful theme -- the possibilities are literally endless. Inspired by my ongoing Changing Clothes project, I decided to craft a memory game set using vintage clothing tags and an old favorite shirt.
The shirt material is carefully hand-stitched onto the reverse side of each tag, so that they all look the same when laid out face down. This design is fun because you have an additional clue when trying to make matches - the size and shape! To get started, you lay everything out tag-side down, just like any other memory game.
Making the Match
If you turn over two clothes tags where the garment was made in the same country, you get to take that pair and keep it in your pile. You also get to go again whenever you make a match. Take turns finding matches, or missing them, until the board is clear. Whoever has the most clothes tags in their pile wins! Of course, winning is really beside the point but the competition is always fun.
If you want to play, but aren't up for all the sewing, just cut a bunch of tags off of old (or new) clothes and use them as is. Try to pull together a really rich collection of tags so that plenty of different countries are represented in your game. If you make your very own set of memory clothes tags, please email me a photo!
If you really dig clothes tags (like I do!) check out the rest of my Changing Clothes project, including the tag exchange. Also, check out one of my very favorite mass-produced memory game sets, the Eames Memory Game.