My boyfriend recently got a PSP for all those long drives on the weekends. I thought it was pretty cool until i figured out that he wanted ME to drive while HE played with it! It's alright though... he switches with me once in a while.
For Christmas I wanted to get him a case for all the games he was collecting but they only cases i could find only held 4 or 6 games and were really expensive for what they were. I couldn't find anything I liked but I knew one thing... his current method of storage, though it had a high capacity, was definitely lacking in the functional 'protective' nature that cases are meant to provide.The old PSP game case:
I set out to sew a game case that he would be proud to store his games in. I used a sturdy brushed denim fabric for the case, some old upholstery fabric for the stabilizer and a zipper. It holds 12 games and has lots of personal touches like a game logo on the zipper tab and characters from Loco Roco (the first game he bought) on the cover. That was the best part of the project - I got to use my new embroidery machine to embellish the cover.
Enough said. Hope he likes it.The new PSP game case:
Here's what I did...TUTORIAL - PSP Game Case
- all measurements include 3/8" seam allowance
- press & pin everything!
- all dimensions are in width by height
First step... make a 12 little pockets the exact same size. Measure one of the games you're making the case for. You'll want the finished pocket 1/4" wider and 1/2" shorter than your game for a snug fit. For PSP games I started with 3-3/4"x3". Fold top down 3/8" and stitch to finish top of the pocket. Clip bottom corners of pocket on a diagonal, fold 3/8" under on sides & bottom. Your pocket should be 2-7/8"x2-1/8". Voila! 12 little pockets ready to attach. As you can see, I've used a decorative stitch to give the pocket a finished look.
2. INNER PAGE
Cut 2 rectangles 9"x7-1/2" from good fabric and 1 from your stabilizer for the inner page. I used scrap upholstery fabric as my stabilizer rather than something more costly. Pin pockets as shown in the diagram on both rectangles. You'll want to be precise in measuring so that the pockets look even.
Stitch sides and bottom of each pocket very close to the edges. It's a good idea to test the fit of the game at this point. If they are too loose or too tight you can fix them now rather than waiting and having to undo a lot of your work.
Once all 8 pockets are attached to both good rectangles, layer as shown (good face up, good face down, stabilizer). Be sure to orient the pages so all the pockets are facing up!
Stitch around edges leaving 3" open to turn out. Clip corners on a diagonal, turn inside out, press edges and sew opening. You have finished your inner page.
3. OUTER PAGE
Cut 2 good and 1 stabilizer rectangles 9-1/4"x7-3/4". Prepare the inside cover in the same fashion as the inner page following the diagram below. Layer stabilizer & cover (face up) and baste around edges.
4. ATTACH INNER PAGE TO INNER COVER
Position page on cover and stitch down the centre to attach. Be sure to orient the page so all the pockets are face up. I drew a chalk line to make sure I stitched straight down the centre and also used the same decorative stitch to attach the page as I've used on the pockets.
5. PREPARE 16" ZIPPER
Test your game case to see how wide your zipper needs to be to accommodate a case full of games. Mine had to be 1-1/2" wide. If you can purchase a zipper wide enough you can skip this step. If not, and you're using a dress zipper you had lying around like I did, cut strips of fabric and sew to each side of zipper to achieve the desired width as in diagram below. Remember to include your seam allowance. I have only a 1/4" seam allowance on my zipper as you can see... oops!
6. ATTACH ZIPPER
Pin and sew zipper to right side of case as shown (facing up!). Leave 1" in the centre or spine of the book not attached.
Be sure to ease the corners so that your zipper forms a 90 degree angle. This is important so that you'll be able to close the zipper around the inner pages.
Mark the other edge of the zipper across from the exact corner so you can line it up with the corners on the left side of the book. This will ensure you end up with a square book. Pin zipper to the left side of the inner cover as shown lining up the corners with your marks. Sew zipper to left side of book. Remember not to attach the centre 1".
Once your zipper is attached you can fold the end of the zipper behind the spine and hand tack the 1" gap along your basting line. This will be hidden by the cover.
Make a tab to finish the start of your zipper and attach.
7. MAKE & ATTACH COVER
Cut a rectangle 11"x9-1/4 for the cover. If you wish you can embroider or silkscreen something on it or you could just leave it blank. It's up to you. Here's mine.
Open the zipper all the way so book lies flat, centre and pin book to cover (be sure it's right side up if you've put something on the cover). Roll edges to cover your basting stitch and stitch around outside to attach cover.
8. FILL WITH GAMES & ENJOY!
That's it. You're done!
I hope this was helpful. I'll be around if you have any questions. Good luck and I'd love to see your case when it's done.