Nintendo DS case/purse Tutorial
I have uploaded a PDF version of the tutorial here:http://www.4shared.com/document/w_LTyrMp/Nintendo_DS_case.html
I'm working on trying to create a pdf version too, but with my computer crashed I just can't do it right now.
Also Ive created a very large photo album via Google/Picassa here (let me know if this works):http://picasaweb.google.com/ferauna?feat=email
You will not need very much fabric for this purse, I was able to use less than two fat quarters to make one. You will need two fabrics which I will call the Main fabric (MF) and the Contrast fabric (CF) and some stiff interfacing (I use the iron on craft type).
You will also need a D-Ring or a plastic ring (I had some salvaged off an old backpack or purse), some tiger tail jewelry cord and some crimping beads (found mine at the dollar store) for the wrist strap, or if you are lucky enough to live near a store that sells the wrist strap thingamabobs, you can just buy one of those. Most of my seams are Ό or 3/8, mostly the 3/8.
Create your pattern pieces:
A Outside and inside
9 X 7 Cut one of MF, one of CF and one of Interfacing
B Pocket for DS and optional outside pocket
8.5 X 7 Cut one from MF (or two if doing the outside pocket)
C Game Pockets
13.5 X 7 Cut one from MF and one from Interfacing
D Stylus pocket
3.5 X 2 Cut one from MF and one from Interfacing
E Flap closure
8 X 3 Cut one from MF and one from Interfacing
F Padding for DS Pocket
6 X 3.75 Cut from compressed foam (fun foam)
G Padding for DS purse
8 X 6 Cut from compressed foam
1.75 X 36 Cut two from CF or MF (whatever you want or have enough of.
I Interfacing for straps
7/8 X 36
J - Cord wrap
3" X 8" - fabric of choice
K - Wrist strap
1.75" X 12" (or maybe longer) - fabric of choice for wrist strap
L - Interfacing for wrist strap
7/8" X 12" (or longer, match K)
Cut out all your fabric/interfacing and iron on all your interfacing pieces. For the straps, center the interfacing on the strip. Press the extra fabric to the center, and then press the straps in half. Stitch close to the edge of both sides of the straps:
For my straps, I did not have enough fabric for a 36 strip, so I cut two strips approx. 20 long (however long the fat quarter was, I didnt measure) and stitched them together to make one long strip. I used a technique I learned somewhere (to make your own bias tape) to reduce the bulk in the splice as you can see in the photos, and then I trimmed it down to the 36 length:
Next I made the flap closure, fold piece E in half, if desired, round off the corners (I use a spool of thread for a template) and stitch the 3 sides. Trim, turn and press.
For the game pockets, you need to make some marks on the backside of piece C. Measure up from the bottom1.5 and mark, then from that mark measure up 1 and mark, from there measure up 1.75 and mark, then 1, 1.75, 1, and 1.75 (you should now have 7 marks). You then fold and press accordion style at each of the marks, and fold the last piece to the back, then press.
Find the center of the folded piece and mark it on the top and bottom, then measure 1.5 from the center to the left and right and mark the top and bottom. Using a sewing pencil or marker, make a line from the marks on either the front or the back as shown in white in the following photo (in hindsight, I should have used the back) and sew along these lines to make the dividers for the games.
Fold and press piece B in half, wrong sides together to form the pocket for the DS (do the same for the optional back pocket if you want one). Place the foam piece F inside the folded pocket and place on top of piece A of the contrasting fabric along with the folded piece C and the completed flap closure E and any label you may want to add (see the photo). Baste along all edges to secure.
To create the stylus pocket, fold piece D in half lengthwise and stitch across one short end and the open long side. Turn (I use long needle nosed pliers to turn small stuff) and press, then tuck in the un-sewn end. Place in the center of the inside of the case and stitch close to the edge on three sides making sure the tucked end is one of the sewn ends (stitch on red lines shown).
Place handles at each end of the purse and baste them on roughly 1/2 from each side.
If you chose to have the pocket on the back, baste it to the right side of the main fabric piece A, with the fold toward the center like the DS pocket was placed. (I didnt put this pocket on this time as I have found it really isnt all that useful and if you do put it, I suggest you make a closure for it since it ends up upside down Velcro would work well, and to hide the stitching, put the Velcro on the pocket before you fold it) Since I have no photo of this, here is how it would be placed, with my not so pretty Photoshop skills:
Place the main fabric piece A on top of the rest of the purse right sides together (if you put in the back pocket, place the pocket end of A on the DS pocket end of the other piece. Make sure the straps are tucked in and stitch along all the sides except the bottom of the games pocket. You can stitch in about 1 inch on each side of the games pocket to get nice corners. Flip it right side out (this is a challenge) and press. Then insert the other foam piece, G inside. If you find the foam too big remove it and trim it off about an 1/8 each time and try if for fit again. Once it fits well, its time for the snaps.
Place two snaps on the flap closure roughly a ½ in from each side and fasten according the manufacturers instructions. Place either the actual Nintendo DS into its pocket or something of a similar size (I used fabric) and mark where the other snaps should be placed on the outside of the purse. Fasten these snaps on (this is why the outside piece has interfacing otherwise your snaps will rip out trust me, I know from experience). Tuck in the raw edges of the fabric and topstitch close to the edge all the way around the purse. Press again and admire your beautiful work.
For the power cord wrap, I cut a strip 3 by about 8. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press. Unfold and press each long side to the center and press.
Unfold all folds and fold the fabric backwards in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and stitch across the top. Trim if necessary and flip back to the correct side, and tuck in the folded sides.
Attach one side of your Velcro (I always trim off the corners of Velcro as I find it is always so sharp) Mark a spot 7 from the finished edge then use the same technique as above, folding to the opposite side and stitching, to get a nice finished end. Attach the other piece of Velcro and stitch the rest of the wrap close to the edge.
For the wrist strap, I cut a strip 1.75 X 12 and a piece of interfacing 7/8 X 10. Create the strap the same as for the handles of the purse (see above instructions). Insert the strap into the D-ring or plastic ring and stitch it together about Ό from the end. Flip the stitched side to the inside of the ring and move the D-ring or plastic ring to the stitched end.
Place the D-ring or plastic ring between the stitched Ό part and stitch across the inside of the ring close to the D-ring, (the photo should explain this better than this I hope, Im getting confused writing it).
Making the tiger tail loop, I put the tiger tail through the ring then put on about 4 (because they were so small) crimping beads. I then looped the tiger tail around the bigger end and treaded that end through the beads, so there was actually 3 tiger tail strands though the beads (see illustration).
Then crimp the beads, trim any excess tiger tail, and you are done. I hope this tutorial was understandable. Feel free to comment or PM me for any clarification and feel free to improve it yourself. If you make, please post it, I would love to see it! Thanks for looking.