If you love playing games that use lots of dice, you may need a way to carry those dice. This easy DIY drawstring bag is perfect for holding your favorite game piece of chance, and you can customize it with embroidery of your favorite variety of dice!
Similar to the embroidery project pouch (which would be perfect for holding several small games instead of stitching), you don't have to do any sewing. You could even skip the embroidery so it's a project with zero stitches.
Equipment / Tools
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Wool blend felt (12 x 12 inches)
- Fabric (12 x 12 inches)
- Embroidery floss
- 1/2-inch-wide twill tape or another cotton cording (20 inches)
- Large wood bead
- Tracing paper
Download and Print the Embroidery Pattern
Download the multi-sided dice embroidery pattern as a JPG and resize it as you wish. For the drawstring bag, you will most likely want to shrink the patterns. They are given here at a large size, so you can use them in a variety of other projects, too. Print the pattern.
Cut a Fabric Circle
Cut an 11- to 12-inch circle from the felt and fabric. A large dinner plate makes an excellent template for this. Set aside the fabric circle.
Make a larger bag by starting with a larger circle.
Embroider the Circle
Choose one or more of the dice patterns and embroider it onto the felt circle using the tracing paper method for marking the pattern. Place the pattern so it is horizontally centered and about 1 inch above the center vertically. After the embroidery is finished, carefully tear away the tracing paper.
Cut the Drawstring Slits
Pin the felt and fabric together with the wrong sides facing up. Place 12 pins evenly around the circle. Make a 1/2-inch to 5/8-inch mark between each pin. Each mark should be at least 1/4 inch from the edge.
Place the pinned circle on a cutting mat and use a craft knife to cut a slit on each line. A sharp knife should have no trouble cutting through both layers. If you'd rather, you can fold the felt and fabric and cut the slits with scissors.
Move the pins and cut 12 more slits between the first 12, so you have a total of 24 evenly spaced slits.
Weave the Drawstring
Starting on the felt side, weave the twill tape or cording through the slits in the circles. Both of the circles should be held together as you do this. As you make your way around the circle, gather the edge of the bag together so the drawstring can go through all of the slits.
There's no need to attach the fabric lining to the felt because the drawstring will hold it in place. Over time, the lining may fray some, but that adds to the charm of the bag.
Finishing the Dice Bag
To finish off the drawstring, slide a large wooden bead over the two ends of the cording and tie the ends together with a large knot. This will prevent the bead from sliding off the end. Slide the bead toward the bag to hold the dice bag closed.