Handmade Clothes Tag Memory Game by Leafcutter Designs


Handcrafted Clothes Tag Memory Game

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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.

Here's the game bag, cut and stitched from my old shirt.

Here’s the game bag, cut and stitched from my old shirt.

A first glimpse of the game pieces.

A first glimpse of the game pieces.

Game Setup
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.

The shirt material is carefully hand-stitched onto the reverse of each tag.

No two tags are exactly alike!

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.

Which countries do you think turn up most often?

Which countries do you think turn up most often?

The full set!

The full set!

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.

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Lea Redmond is always looking for the poem hiding inside things: a salt shaker, a clothes tag, a hand gesture, a cloud. She is infinitely intrigued by the way experiences can slip from the ordinary to the extraordinary and she endeavors to design things that hold this possibility. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkeley, CA, makes the world more playful and peaceful one little experience at a time.


  1. Sara B. Bentley

    October 6, 2010 at 1:50 am

    This is such a cute idea!
    I'm just over from Village and think your whole concept is simply adorable! Is this where I'm supposed to enter for the competition you and Krystal are holding? If so, I'd love to enter in order to send a note to my brother just because we don't manage to talk that much any more — and I'd really love to see his large hands trying to open the tiny envelope 🙂

  2. ~*~ saskia ~*~

    October 5, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Hi Lea, I simply ADORE your sweet petits!!
    Such a great idea, and so so cute.
    Have a happy day xx

  3. Teenage Bride

    October 5, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Ok so this is way too adorable!!!

  4. Krystal

    October 1, 2010 at 6:07 am

    this is so very cute =)

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