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on: October 18, 2006 10:37:01 PM 
Started by rosered, Message by rosered
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I got myself a nintendo ds lite last month and I decided that it needed a sweet case to keep it in. I've never done any cross stitching needle point before and my aunt recently gave me these plastic grid cross stitch canvas sheets, so I thought this would be the perfect project to learn on!

I think it turned out really great, but I am swearing to never cross stitch needle point a project this large again. It takes forever!

Here's what I did to make it. The instructions aren't perfect since I did make some of it up as I went along, but good luck to anyone who wants to give it a shot!

Things you need:
plastic canvas sheets (size 8 grid)
lots of grey yarn
slightly darker grey yarn
black yarn
red yarn
glue gun
grey felt to line the inside with
some velcro to make a closure with

1.So first I measured my ds and figured out what to cut the pieces of the plastic grid stuff to.

You need:
(units of measurement are in squares of the size 8 plastic canvas)

two pieces of 25 by 44 (for the top and bottom)
two pieces of 8 by 44 (for the long sides)
two pieces of 8 by 25 (for the short sides)
one pice of 7 by 44 (for the overflap) -> I cut this down so it was 44 on the top and 40 on the bottom of this piece so the flap would have rouded edges

(I also cut out a spot for the charger cord in the back, but I'm not including this, since it was one of the things I just did on the fly as I went along)

2. Then I made a pattern using adobe illustrator of where to stitch to make the top look like an NES controller. And here it is!

3. Then I just needlepointed like mad for a few days until all the pieces were done (but not around the edges of the plastic). Then I put the pieces together so it would lay flat like a box.

4. From here I did an optional thing where I cut pieces of felt to approx. the right size to line the case with. The bottom part is one piece sewn together to just fit in nicely, and the top is a separate piece. The felt is glued in with a hot glue gun, but not to the edges, since you still need room to stitch around the edge of the plastic to give it a finished look.

5. Then I stitched together all the joining parts of the case, going through the felt where necessary. So the case is case shaped now, and some of the sides of the felt are covered up by stitches of yarn where I was finishing the edges of the plastic pieces.

I also put some velcro on the overhang flap and the front of the case to keep it closed better. I just used a hot glue gun to attach that bit on as a last step!

And that's basically it! It was challenging to figure it all out, so if anyone attempts to make theirself a case from this tutorial and has any questions, please comment with them and I'll do my best to answer them!

There are some more pictures in my flickr account. I made a set for the photos of this ds nes style case that you can check out here -->http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosered/sets/72157594335228317/

Thanks for having a look!

EDIT:The fantastic Natalie Zee Drieu, the associate editor of CRAFT magazine, has posted up a modified version of this Nintendo DS case with instructions! You can check out her version at the CRAFT blog over here!
on: July 24, 2007 12:58:10 AM 
Started by rosered, Message by ~Glenda
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Below are some pics of the case I made for myself.  I've never needlepointed before, or worked with plastic canvas before, so it was definitely a learning experience, but a fun one!

I treated it as a "sampler" project, trying different things based on what other people did when making their cases, to figure out what worked best for me.

All in all, I'm very pleased with the end result  Grin.

I know where I need to be neater next time (inside felt!). I know I can get by using fabric glue just fine for attaching the felt, if I let the felted pieces sit with a heavy book on them overnight. I doubled-up the overstitch where I joined the top piece to the front flap and to the back piece, to see how I liked that, and decided I don't like it -- it's too bulky -- so next time I won't do that. And I will add one more row to the four side pieces to accommodate the thickness of the felt, and then another row to the flap to offset the added row on the four side pieces.

I haven't added a closure to the flap yet; I'm going to look around the fabric store and see what strikes my fancy.

My son would like me to make him a case, and I think I will incorporate a design of some sort onto the cover of his, if he'd like. (For mine, I just used a variegated yarn so that I could focus more on technique.)

I do have a question about how to make the stitching around the charger cut-out more neat looking. For some reason, stitching around that hole totally baffled me  Huh.  Tips or suggestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks, rosered, for posting the tutorial ! ! !
on: November 30, 2006 12:28:38 PM 
Started by rosered, Message by KatAutumn
Relevance: 32%
Okay, here's the one I made for my little bro as a Christmas present.

Top view

on: February 22, 2007 09:17:54 PM 
Started by rosered, Message by fenifer
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hey there rosered! i just got done making my awesome nintendo ds case... i am giving this one to my brother for his ds, and i will be making another one (in pink) for my ds!!! i also plan to make a version for my ipod nano and the radio transmitter that i have to use when i listen to it in my car! thanks so much for the images and sharing how you put together something so awesome!!!
here are the pics!

on: August 18, 2007 06:19:28 AM 
Started by rosered, Message by pixing
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OK here's mine, I actually finished it a few weeks ago, it went together in a jiffy.  So easy sewing with a big needle on rigid fabric.  Even the boys took a turn, the older (13year old) said it was very relaxing- I think I'll set him up with some sort of coaster pattern to make for Christmas gifts (?!)

Anyway, I forget to take a picture after it was sewn together but it looks the same as all of yours, I ended up using velcro, after trying snaps with less success.  Here's the outside:

and the inside - which i did a little differently

I laid the completed case as above on the felt and cut it out.  Then trimmed in so it was a little smaller - used a rotary cutter mostly.

Then I hot glued the edges of the rectangles - carefully - starting with the back (where the plug would be) shown by the red lines -  and working my way to the outer sections.  Then whip stitched the edge down.  I think this was a good method.

on: November 13, 2007 07:14:35 AM 
Started by rosered, Message by ConfusableBlonde
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Inspired by your post, I busted out the old plastic canvas that has been sitting under my bed unused for years and made one of these for my friend for Christmas... let's hope he likes it!

on: April 30, 2008 07:33:18 AM 
Started by rosered, Message by showmehelen
Relevance: 32%

Thanks so much for posting this up!!
I got a DS for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, so I had to make it one of these bad boys...

Hurrah!! Grin

(with Sausage, my little Nintendog!)
on: December 18, 2006 01:06:20 PM 
Started by rosered, Message by Zelda.Suicide
Relevance: 32%
Here's the lid to mine (hopefully I will be able to get some new needles before Christmas so I can finish it for my BIL)
I just wanted to go ahead and post this since it's (Link being on the lid instead of the controller) really the only difference between my case and yours, the rest of mine is that gray and then the felt inside is green...

on: January 04, 2007 11:19:09 AM 
Started by rosered, Message by Zelda.Suicide
Relevance: 32%
Ok, so I actually did get mine finished in time for Christmas (my mom saved the day and took me to buy some new needles, since my husband said I wasn't allowed to go back to Joann's, haha)
My BIL liked it very much and knew exactly what it was when he opened it, so yay!

Here it is all done (the inside felt is green).

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