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11  Re: Nintend DS Cases/Purses (lots of pictures!) Now with tutorial on page 3! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: June 01, 2009 07:28:32 AM
Thank you!!!

What is that tiger tail thing that you did in the last steps for??

The tiger tail is a flexable but very strong cord/wire that I use for the wrist strap.  The nintendo DS we got did not come with a wrist strap, and I worry about my daughter dropping it.  The holes that most electronics have for wrist staps are quite small, so you have to use something thin to fit in them, hence the tiger tail.  I know you can buy the attachments ready made at craft stores, but I couldn't find any in the town I live in, so as most crafters do, I improvised.  Here's a closer look (sorry it's blurry where it's attached to the DS)

Wow, very  nice, very nice!  I don't have a ds but I do have a similarly shape (although much smaller) camera that this would be awesome for, then I could have a place for all my memeory cards together with it!  I cannot tell you how many times I have gone somewhere and forgotten a mem card because I had taken it out to put the pix on my computer!  arggghhhh!  My internal memory only holds about 35 pix!  Bookmarked, this rocks'd, and on to-do list!

What a great idea, I do the same thing with my memory cards, always leaving them in the computer.  Unfortunately for me, I have a big Canon that would not fit in a case like this.

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, I hope the tutorial is easy to follow, but if not let me know and I'll try to clarify it.

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12  Re: Nintend DS Cases/Purses (lots of pictures!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: May 29, 2009 11:51:43 AM
Nintendo DS case/purse Tutorial

I have uploaded a PDF version of the tutorial here:

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 I’ve created a very large photo album via Google/Picassa here (let me know if this works):

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
H – Straps
    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 didn’t 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 didn’t put this pocket on this time as I have found it really isn’t 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, it’s time for the snaps.

Place two snaps on the flap closure roughly a ½’ in from each side and fasten according the manufacturer’s 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, I’m 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.

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13  Mother's Day Car Trash Bag and Tea Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rauni on: May 11, 2009 10:03:47 AM
What a combination for a Mother's day gift.  But my Mom is in her 80's and there isn't too much she doesn't have already, so I made her a trash can for her car, and a tea wallet.  The trash can idea comes from here http://allysonhill.typepad.com/allyson_hill/2006/07/car_litter_bags.html.  The tea wallet I made using the tutorial here: http://blog.christyscreations.com/?p=482

I made two bags for the trash can, an exterior one and an interior one.  The interior one is interfaced with stiff interfacing and has the top of a large margarine tub (not the lid) in the top to keep it stiff and keep it open (I pinched the sides so that it does not open too much).  I used an old pair of jeans, and a bed sheet my Mom gave me (ironic I know) to make it.  I embroidered the roses on the pocket too.

Thanks for looking.

Trash bag:

Tea wallet:

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14  Nintend DS Cases/Purses (lots of pictures!) Now with tutorial on page 3! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: May 11, 2009 09:45:00 AM
I decided to make a case for a friend of my daughter's for her birthday.  We also decided to get my daughter a Nintendo DS for her birthday, so I made two cases. I figured out the pattern myself, but I can't say I designed it since I've seen similar cases.  I'm quite happy with the results except there really isn't a good spot for the power cord, it's quite bulky (the cord that is) and I didn't want to make the purse any bigger, so I just made a cord wrap in a coordinating fabric, but it won't actually fit in the case nicely, although it could be jammed in the back pocket.  I used fun foam (compressed foam) for padding to keep it safe.  I also used the fabric, some tiger tail cord and some crimping beads to make a wrist strap.  It has a pocket for the DS, a pocket for the extra stylus, and 12 game pockets.  There is an extra pocket behind the games and one on the outside of the purse.  The straps are long so that the purse will hang at the hip.

Thanks for looking

Blue one for friend (I also made her a wallet and a buttercup purse), pink one for my daughter

Interior of the pink case (yeah I got her 4 games already - they were on sale at Walmart)

Interior again, with DS sticking out (my sil has a vinyl cutting machine, so I got her to cut me some decals to put on the DS to distinguish it from her friend's (since they are both pink))

Close up of game pockets:

Back of pink one, there is a pocket there.

Pink Cord wrap:

Blue case front:

Blue wrist strap and cord wrap:

Interior of blue case:

Tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304534.msg3517609#msg3517609
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15  Re: Sweet wallet for young girls in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: May 01, 2009 07:07:46 PM
I made one of these great wallets, the tutorial is super easy and as usual, very detailed with lots of photos.  Thanks for the great instructions, heartofmary!  My wallet looks better in person than in the photos.  I made it for a friend of my daughter's for her birthday, hope she likes it.


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16  Custom Guitar pick necklace for my son made with shrinky dink. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rauni on: April 19, 2009 07:22:47 AM
My 9 year old son has just recently begun guitar lessons. He and a few of his friends have already formed a band (lol) and have named themselves "Scarz" (this is already the third name they've choosen).  My son is also quite artistic so he drew up a logo for the band which I scanned into the computer.  I then used printable shrinky dink to print and bake a pick shaped pendant.  I then added a jump ring, strung it on some gimp (I think that is what it is called) and strung some beads to complete it.  I'm quite happy with the results and so is he.

Thanks for looking


Original Image:
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17  Re: Mom's Birthday Gift (pic heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: April 18, 2009 07:38:30 PM
She loved it!

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18  Re: Mom's Birthday Gift (pic heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: April 17, 2009 01:09:53 PM
Thanks again for all the nice comments.  I got the cosmetic case done, so I thought I would post pictures of it.  I think I'll go and buy some candies to fill it up!



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19  Mom's Birthday Gift (pic heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: April 14, 2009 07:39:05 PM
My Mom's 84th birthday is Saturday.  She is the one who taught me to sew and I've never sewn anything for her.  So, I figured it was high time I made her something.  So I made her a tote bag from the tutorial here: http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=TOTEBAG (I made the flower myself), a wallet from this tutorial: http://elily00.wordpress.com/tutorials/wallet/ (this one has been made a lot her on craftster), two kleenex cozies from this tutorial: http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2006/03/tissue-holder-tutorial.html one for the tote bag and one to attach to the visor in her car (I used an old bra strap and got the idea from here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23454827&ref=em - I've also used her idea for the car garbage can to make myself one), and a notebook holder from an embroidery file that I bought here: http://moosebstitchin.net/memo_covers_4.htm.  I'm still going to make a cosmetic case from this tutorial, but I just haven't got it done yet: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0  I hope she likes them.

Closeup of the flower on the tote bag:

Tote bag (there's a pocket where the flower is):

Interior of tote bag:

Wallet closed:

Wallet open and full (put my stuff in for the photo):

Wallet back, I added a back pocket that was optional in the tutorial, thought it would be good for receipts:

Notepad holder closed:

Notepad holder open:

Kleenex cozy (I won't show the purse one since it's the same, just no straps):

Thanks for looking!

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20  Pick case for my son in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: April 11, 2009 06:43:13 PM
My 9 year old son recently took up guitar and is constantly losing the picks.  So I whipped up a case for him last night.  I just used cotton with heavy interfacing, elastic and a snap.  I used the picks to figure out where to sew.  He originally had 10 picks so I made the case to accommodate them all, but so far I have only found 5  Cheesy.   The photo makes it look like it's thinner in the center, but it is not.  Thanks for looking.



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