Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Large Reversible Dice Bag

I'm reviving this little corner of the Internet to post the written tutorial for my Large Reversible Dice Bag – a different take on my original dice bag pattern.

This pattern was originally presented as a video over on my YouTube channel, but enough folks have been asking for a written version I'm now finally delivering. The images are from the video, so I'm sorry if they're not very crisp.

This bag is LARGE. It was originally designed to fit a Star Wars Destiny deck, its dice, and a token box. For normal roleplaying dice, this bag could likely fit 15 sets. I use the bags now for knitting projects, as one bag will easily hold a cake of yarn and a small project like socks or a hat. The bags are fully lined, reversible, and stable to stand on a table.


  • 2 pieces of fabric measuring 18.25 by 9.25 inches 
  • 21 inch cord for drawstring 
  • thread matching fabric 
  • 1 safety pin 
  • Hard 90 degree angle for tracing
  • Sewing stuff (scissors, machine, needle, etc)
  • Bonus: A spring loaded cincher to keep it closed

Step 1: Cut Yer Fabric (if you haven't already)

You're going to cut your 2 pieces of fabric to be 18.25 inches wide by 9.25 tall. If the fabric has a pattern on it, you're going to want to make sure it's going in the correct direction BEFORE you cut.

Step 2: Fold Yer Fabric

Fold each piece of fabric in half, right sides together, width wise.

Then, fold each piece of fabric in half again, still width wise.

Step 3: Cut the BOTTOM

I messed this part up several times, so read carefully. Cut the bottom. Cut the bottom. Don't cut the top of the fabric with the pattern (if you have one). The bottom.

Cut the bottom of both bits of fabric so that it creates a perfectly centered point that is 90 degrees. Use a hard square object to help trace or cut the angle.

Step 4: Pin and Sew the Outside

Unfold each fabric bit halfway and pin the outsides (not the inside V). Sew along the two outside edges with a 1/4" seam allowance, but do not sew the inside V that exists.

This isn't a great picture, but you can see that you also sew along the long straight edge of the fabric so that you make a sort of tube.

Step 5: Pop Open the Bag and Sew the Bottom

Pop open this tube thing and pin the two unsewn edges together to finish piecing the bottom. Make sure the two sewn points from the outside seams you did match up. Sew along where you've pinned with a 1/4" seam allowance.

After sewing the two bits of fabric, you should now have two inside out bag things!

Step 6: Sew the Bags Together

Turn one of the bags right side out so the sews are on the inside, and put that bag into the other so the right sides of both bags are touching. Ensure that the side seams for both bags are lined up together.

Mark a 1.5" gap that you will not sew, and then pin the bags together. Sew 5/8" from the top of the bag all around the bag. Start from the right side of the marked gap and go all the way around the bags to the left side of the gap, but do not sew the gap!

Step 7: Turn the Bag Right Sides Out

Pull the inside of the bag to the outside through the gap you created in the previous step. Be careful not to rip out the stitches you sewed. Once you have the bag right sides out, tuck one side back into the other. Make sure your top edge is nice and crisp and close to the sewing.

Bonus points! If you'd like to make it really crisp, you can iron the top edge.

Step 8: Sew Around Again and Again

Mark your gap again, but make it 1" this time, centering it in the original gap. Then sew as close as possible to the top of the bag from the right of the gap to the left, going all the way around the bag but not through the gap. 
Then sew another seam 1/4" down from this top seam, starting at the right of the gap and ending on the left, but again, not sewing through the gap.

Step 9: Sew Around Gapless

Remove your gap marker pins – you no longer need them – and sew a third seam 3/4" below the last seam that goes all the way around the bag. Leave no gap on this seam. This seam creates the channel for your drawstring, and also finishes the sewing on the bag.

Step 10: Drawstring Time

Attach the safety pin to the end of your drawstring material and feed it into the gap and channel. Use the safety pin to work the string through the channel and back out the gap. If you're using a cincher, put it on now. Then, knot the ends of the drawstring together and seal the ends (if needed).

Ta-da! You did it! You now have a reversible drawstring bag. Go use it and be happy.