At the end of June, I had a request for a hexagonal dice bag.
Well that's something I haven't done before.
It took a bit to figure out how to work out the mechanics of it. And then a bit more time to practice, and to get the corners clean. I will say that making a hexagonal dice bag requires a bit more attention to detail than a square one. But, the results are pretty darn cool.
I have plans to make some for the shop, but I have to catch up on my special order backlog first.
This Eevee bag was requested by a friend who's going to PAX in August. She has a super cool idea for a costume, and she needed a dice bag to match.
For Eevee I played with footprint of the bag in a new way. This bag isn't square, or rectangular. I used a diamond shape base. I wanted to put the face of the bag on a corner, and wanted to insert the ears on the side seams. A traditional square bag would have put the ears too far back, I thought. So, I shortened that front corner. The front sides are 4" long, and the back two sides are 5" long.
The ears are wired, so they can be shaped. Most of the features are wool blend felt. The mouth is thermoset vinyl.
Oh, and there is a bushy tail. The tail is stuffed with fiber fill, and is sewn in at the base. I tacked the tail to the side of the bag, so it would stay perky.
With the weight of the ears and the tail, I needed to reinforce this bag. I added a layer of craft fuse between the red lining and the outer bag. Then I used that stiff layer to anchor the ears.
"Let's get one thing straight, I am a Madman with box."
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the T.A.R.D.I.S. bag has alternate dimensions. It is larger on the inside, than it appears.
The bag has a 6 by 6" base and is 9" tall, which makes it significantly larger than my standard bag.
I had a lot of fun doing the details on this bag. Everything is fabric. The written details on the door have been printed onto inkjet fabric, and then inset behind the wool blend felt of the door. I just wish I could have figured out how to the sound effects.
For the O Totoro, I used a combination of wool blend felt and thermoset vinyl for the decorations.
The chibi totoro is all wool blend felt.
First there was the Spongebob Dicepants bag, and now with this Totoro bag. These more complex bags are so fun to make, and such a natural evolution from my applique dice bags. I think this is the start of a new series of higher end dice bags. This bag makes me so happy. Look at that face! I have ideas for more bags. There is a Tardis in the works, and Soot Sprites, and perhaps even a series of monster bags. So. Much. Fun. Totoro has been listed in the shop. What kind of a dice bag would you want to see?
(UPDATE: The Totoro dice bag has already sold. I'm working on some more, and should have them up next week.)