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Topic: nintendo controller ds lite case w/ mini tutorial  (Read 247754 times)
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« on: October 18, 2006 10:37:01 PM »

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!
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2006 11:06:09 PM »

OMG! I want one I just upgrade to a pink ds lite too .....

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2006 11:07:46 PM »

OMG! That is so cute! I've only got a GBA, but this is so cool! I might see if I can adapt the pattern! *lol*

« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2006 11:14:20 PM »

I saw this on the livejournal community craftgurl and WOW its awesome! Great work!

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2006 11:15:12 PM »

wow, i will be making one of these for my little lite, thank you so much for posting your chart and instructions! It looks great!

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2006 11:22:02 PM »

This is awesome!  I just might have to make one of these for my brother.  Thanks so much for the tute! Smiley 

btw, this is the best use of that plastic cross stitch stuff I have ever seen.  Really fantastic.

« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2006 11:26:07 PM »

Wow I love this! Im so gouing to make one for myself and my friend. He has a (well my) DS Lite.!

Could you please possibly post the dimensions you used? I dont actually have my DS at the moment. Its in Melbourne and Im In Adelaide (far away)

Thanks so much in advance.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2006 11:38:39 PM »

she posted the dimensions of plastic canvas she used in her first post!

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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2006 03:16:39 AM »

Lol what a cool thing to do, and so very neat done!
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2006 04:18:30 AM »

This is fantastic!  Thanks so much for taking the time to make a tutorial, too.  Bwahaha, I'm going to get started on one as soon as I get my hands on some plastic canvas.

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