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Instructions to make Domino racks for the Mexican Train game
I just recently learned to play a game called Mexican Train, and I quickly discovered that it’s kind of annoying when my dominoes fall over during the game. My parents mentioned that they had seen racks for this game that were used to prop the dominoes up and prevent them from tumbling over. What a great idea!
I couldn't find instructions to make the racks anywhere, so I made my own and I’m uploading it here for other people who want to make them, too.
It’s a very simple project and it's worth it!

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  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    You will only need one standard size sheet of platic canvas for each rack.
    You will also need some yarn to hold it all together and a yarn needle that will fit through the squares of the canvas easily.

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 2
    Step 2

    There will be 4 rows on each rack which holds 20 dominoes.

    So, you will need to cut 4 strips that are 5 squares wide and 4 strips that are 6 squares wide off the top of the plastic canvas sheet.

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 3
    Step 3

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  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 4
    Step 4

    When you cut the strips, make sure you cut off all the "spikes" left behind, otherwise they won't sit correctly when you're stitching everything together.

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next, you will need to use your yarn to sew a line that will act as a stopper for the first row of dominoes.

    There is no exact science to this, as long as it is thick enough. :)
    I stitched 3 squares forward, then jumped back two and repeated.

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 6
    Step 6

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  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew one of the thicker strips [6 squares wide] 3 squares back from the blocker you just stitched.

    Then, sew one of the thinner strips [5 squares wide] 5 squares away from the first strip.

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 8
    Step 8

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  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew the two strips together, and you've finished the first row!

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 10
    Step 10

    Just repeat steps 7 & 9 for the other 3 rows.

    Don't forget: Each row is 3 squares back from the last one!

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now you're done!

  • How to make a board game piece. Mexican Train Racks - Step 12
    Step 12

    Have fun! :)

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vicki.fritzler
vicki.fritzler
Used these years ago when playing with friends. They were so handy! Going to try to make some of my own!
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