Winter LARPing can be a blast, but my local games don’t run weekend-long events in the off-season. That means winter is for catching up on other nerdy pursuits! I’ve been gifted piles and piles of small fabric scraps lately, so with this last kick of snow, I decided to enjoy one last kick of non-LARP nerdiness before spring season. I give you the D4 dice bag! There are no snaps, zippers, or notions; it0 just folds over at one corner. I hope you enjoy it as much as I plan to!
Step 1: Cut your fabric. You can download the pattern for free here. Optional: cut another liner set of fusible interfacing to make your dice stand a little more rigidly. I’m recycling a t-shirt for this project, but interfacing was a nice touch in my first mock up, which was a woven fabric.
Step 2: Assemble 2 dice nets. A net is a 3d shape unfolded into a 2d spread. So, basically, you want a triangle made up of four smaller triangles, and another the same, but in your liner fabric. Make sure you leave an opening in one of the seams in the liner net so that you can turn the project right side out at the end. This is also a great time to paint on your numbers, while everything lays flat!
Step 3: Build the “hood”. The smaller triangles form a hood which will cover the opening in the pouch. To make it, sew two of the triangles together into a diamond, then do the same with the other two. Then, with right sides together, sew your diamonds together along two of the four edges. When you turn it back out, it should look like this:
Step 4: Close your nets. Sew th e remaining open sides so that you have 2 rough looking D4 bags. Sew the hood onto the right side of the bag that will be the outside of the pouch.
Step 5: Merge your nets.With right sides together, sew the mouths of the two pouches together. Then, turn it out through the seam opening.
Step 6: Finish up! Hand stitch the open seam, press the seams into sharp, geometric edges, and paint on some numbers with your favourite adhesive stencils if you skipped that bit before. (A note about stencils: I have used the Martha Stewart adhesive letter stencils and the Dollarama ones, and I can’t tell the difference.)
Enjoy! And please share your finished product photos or changes you make as you go. I’d love to see. 🙂