Monday, September 17, 2012

Tutorial: Lined Dice Bag

I've recently starting DMing for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign (if you didn't already know I'm a massive nerd, surprise!). I'm sure eventually I'll write a few posts outlining my adventures as a new DM.. But! For right now, let's focus on the dice.

I needed more dice to DM with. And thus, I needed a new dice bag. So, here we go..

Dice Bag


Supplies:

- Fabric (liner and outside)
- Cord
- Safety Pin
- Matches (to finish the ends of the cord)
- Scissors
- Sewing implements (I used a machine!)
- Pins
- Fabric Pen

Cut!

You don't need a lot of fabric, just a 8x12 inch rectangle from both your liner and your outside fabric. I cut my fabric on the fold, so I just needed to measure 8x6 pieces.

Pin, Mark, Hem!

Fold your two rectangles so that they're each 8x6 inches, with the fold on the left. Then, pin the right and bottom edges of each piece of fabric.

Measure two inches from the top edge and put a little mark with your fabric pen.

Unpin right side until the mark. Then, fold the fabric to create a triangle hem along the top 2 inches of the right side, like so.

Do this for both edges on each piece of fabric. Iron in place if you need to, but I just pinned. Stitch this hem down. (I'm switching to the linear here as it shows the stitches better.)
This is with one edge done.  Make sure you do both edges!

Sew Two Pouches!

Once you've got the top right corners hemmed, sew along the right and bottom edges, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance for both the liner and outside fabrics separately.
Ignore the gap at the bottom, I was trying something..
You should have two "pockets" now. Let's turn them into "pouches" by making the bottoms flat.

To make the bottom flat, we're going to box the corners. You're going to do this step four times, once for each corner of the bag. Go ahead and start with one of the liner corners. Pull the two layers of the liner apart and then align the bottom seam with the side seam. Press the seams together so that you get a triangle, where the seam is in the center. You don't need to press the whole bag, just a few inches worth. 
Once you have the corner nice and flat, take a ruler and place it perpendicular to the seam. Position the ruler so that it forms a triangle on the corner, with the base of the triangle measuring 2". See the image above for what I mean. Mark the line, pin it, and then sew along the line. Trim the corner off, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Once you do all four corners, you should have two little pouches that have flat bottoms and can stand up rather well on their own.

Attach the Liner to the Outside!

Once you've got the two pouches made separately, it's time to put them together. Turn the outside fabric pouch inside out and put it inside the liner. Their "right-sides" should be facing each other.

Pin the top edges together and sew, carefully, around. Don't sew down the sides! The hemmed edges should NOT be sewn together!! You only should sew along the TOP edge, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Once you've done that, you should be able to flip the outside fabric bag right side out, through the hole, with the linear going inside.
The top edge should be nice and finished. Press the seam with an iron, if you feel the need.

The Cord Channel - Top Stitching

This is the trickest part. You're going to top stitch up one of the open sides, around the top edge leaving a 3/4 inch channel for the cord to pass through, and then back down the other side edge. You want to pin the heck out of your bag to make sure the liner doesn't slip around too much.

When you've done this last stitch, your bag's top edge and side seams should like like below.
Notice the double stitching on the sides? One set is from the original hems, the other is from finishing the bag.

The Cord

Take your bit of cord and pin a safety pin to one end. Slip the safety pin into one of the open ends of your cord channel and work it all the way through. It should pull the cord through with it, easily enough.

Once you've got the cord all the way through, trim it to the length you want and melt the tips to keep them from fraying.

Then, tie double knots on each end of the cord and BAM! You're done.

Fill with dice..
Three sets and there's still plenty of room.
Cinch and tie... Go forth and slay dragons.