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« on: June 02, 2015 03:41:46 PM »

This game board carry envelope is for my cousin's boyfriend, he goes to a game board evening every week and normally wraps them up in plastic bags to keep them dry and protected, so she asked if I would make a more sustainable version!
The outer layer is waterproof, it's oilcloth -  the stuff for making table cloths from! Since Kyle loves to travel and his favorite board game (and mine! Ticket to Ride) is based on a map, this print seemed appropriate

Most of the work in this project isn't actually in the final piece; I spent hours practicing working with this thick shiny slippy fabric, and had to redesign the construction I wanted to have to be workable for me (I'm sure a more experienced seamstress would have been ok!)
I've also never added a buckle before, and the button on the stopper is inset to sit flat (K is for Kyle, his name :-) ) which I've never done before... So a lot of firsts!
It's also twice lined, one in stuffing to add protection and one in fabric. All the lining is properly structured to mimic the bag.
We measured up a load of game boxes to work out the best size to for most of them (they are a couple of outliers, but to fit those the bag would have been unwieldy, not useful for all the rest...)

The binding took an age, that's another area I practiced loads before starting on the real thing. I've done binding before but always felt it wasn't great and let projects down, whereas I was pretty pleased with how this turned out

And a little pocket inside to store cards or what not. That was going to be placket but I ran out of time (I only fished up the day before Kyle's birthday) so it's just simple patch.
The label is in that weird place to act as a patch over a small last minute snipping accident (I genuinely thought I was going to cry for a second before I thought of putting the lable over it!)
My cousin was super pleased with it and I guess I'll hear later if the birthday boy agrees too!!

I know this is a pretty simple project compared too some of the awesome stuff that you guys do, but I'm not much of a machine sewer so I was really pleased that it came out ok! Thanks for looking
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015 04:20:17 PM »

GREAT job! Seriously, it looks like something you would buy at a store but even better 'cause it's a one of a kind. He will be the coolest dude at game night for sure.

Where did you find the oilcloth? and any tips you learned on how to sew with it??
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015 04:45:57 PM »

I got the oil cloth on eBay - after looking at a couple of specialist sites I found eBay was cheaper and sold in smaller sizes

It's not too bad to sew, I'm not great with a machine so someone more experienced would be ok I think! But I found that the shiny side didn't feed through the machine - my first design had sort of exposed folds on the edges, requiring sewing wrong sides together and I couldn't manage that. But as long as i kept right sides in it was fine. Also I found that, since I couldn't pin or tack (it would leave holes) I used little bulldog clips to hold things in place while I worked, and that was fine. I went really slowly, add show add my machine would go, to give me control over slipping too.
And use a good new, appropriate shaped needle!
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This is fantastic!  What a great idea!  Everything looks so neat and well made and I love the tip about the bulldog clips!  Awesome job!
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2015 06:24:41 AM »

 This looks fantastic. Your binding is amazing too. I know how you feel about it not living up to the rest of the project sometimes. I have that issue but looks like you concurred it! Very impressive. And smart idea with the label.  Wink I'm sure he loved it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2015 07:48:04 AM »

I love it - and I love the pattern you chose too - what a great idea.  Did he like it?  I was thinking the pocket was a dice pocket.  Are there straps?
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2015 08:58:37 AM »

There's no straps, its just an envelope :-) but you could put some on the back easily enough, backpack style, or add a shoulder strap by the opening.
I think most board games come with the dice in the box, but the pocket is there for whatever - if you wanted a dice pocket though, a placket would definitely be better.
Thanks for ask your lovely feedback, Kyle loved it :-) happy times!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2015 02:54:34 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2015 06:29:08 AM »

Loving this idea!  Love the buckle part the best, but the fabric is fabulous too.
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2015 05:52:26 AM »

This would make an awesome messenger bag.
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