Nintendo DS zipper pouch tutorial

For starters, I’m going to refer your direction to this simple zipper pouch tutorial from Melly Sews. This is the same basic zipper pouch method I use for all of my zipper pouches, plus or minus some extras. In this case the extras include a little flap inside to hold two DS game cartridges, as well as a loop on the outside for a wrist strap.

Nintendo DS cartridges aren’t terribly large…about 1.25″ square, give or take…

And the 2DS itself is about 6″W x 5.5″ H x maybe 1″D at its deepest…
  

So I cut out my squares for the outside and lining fabric to be about 9″W x 8″ H. I only sew with 1/4″ seam allowances, but I knew I’d end up doing the zipper a little crooked or something, so I’d rather have extra to trim than having too little…
  

I started by making the inside flappy-cartridge-pouch. I cut a piece of coordinating fabric that was 12″L x 4.5″W…

I flipped it right-sides together lengthwise and sewed up the two long sides, leaving the top short side open to flip it back right side out…
  

Then I folded up the bottom, clipped it in place, and top stitched it to stay that way…

Plus a line up the middle makes for two separated cartridge storage pockets…

Then this is where I will once again refer to the already-existing pouch-making tutorial, only add in the cartridge-storage-flappy-thing with the outside fabric / inside fabric / zipper sandwich…
  

The wrist strap I cut about 3.25″W x 12″L…
  

And I just turned and top stitched down both sides. I never really bother to sew straps like this inside out first, I find flipping them right side out to be too frustrating…

Once again, referring to the already-existing zipper pouch tutorial, I sewed right sides together of the outside fabric (remembering to have the wrist strap in place, too), and then finished the inside lining fabric, and ta-da! I recommend pressing before photographing, but, well…

We’ll see if my daughter will forget about my promise of a zipper pouch for her DS until Christmas rolls around because I would really like to save it as a gift for then 🙂

Also, the overall size of the zipper pouch could easily be altered to accommodate a 3DS or other handheld gaming system, as well as possibly including some quilt batting as some extra padding.

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Lovely quick charm pack quilt

Rebecca over at Hugs Are Fun informed me that Missouri Quilt Co. was offering free shipping a few days back, and I just couldn’t resist the urge to pick out some Cotton + Steel and some Kona Solids charm packs. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.29.03 AM

Because they were charm packs, oh man, they were SO FAST to piece together for this lap quilt and I just could.not.stop working on this project.

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.29.24 AM Before I knew it this quilt top was quilted and the binding was complete and it was jumping into my washer and dryer…

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And then it was wrinkly and beautiful and complete! I love the simple straight line quilting on it, and the colors and fabric patterns are just so wonderful.Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.29.40 AM I might start doing more charm pack quilts 🙂Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.29.49 AM

Try Something New Every Month: Drafting an EPP pattern

I’ve been on an English paper piecing kick lately, largely working on my huge ferris wheel circles lap quilt, but throwing in the occasional hexagon as well. We were heading out of town for a long trip and I knew I wanted something fun and new and portable, so I set out to draft my own EPP pattern.

It started with a trip to one of my favorite local quilt stores, where it turns out they now know me by both my first and last name. I’ll take that as a good thing 😉

Then I sat down with All Points Patchwork from my local library and got to drafting. It was fun to pull out a ruler and protractor and compass! I haven’t done that since high school.

  And here’s what I came up with after some doodling and a lot of erasing…

It was far from perfect, but I had hoped that I could fudge its imperfections a bit, and overall I’ve accomplished that…

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It’s not perfectly flat, but I’m hoping with some pressing, and perhaps some forgiving hand quilting, it’ll soon look great as a throw pillow for our sofa 🙂

Edit 11/4: All done!

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