Honestly, I’m not sure I ever thought I would be at the level of geek where I sewed a bag to hold dice for a role-playing game. But here we are.
My husband B has played Dungeons & Dragons since before I met him in middle school. He recently started a game of Exalted, another table-top RPG, with some friends; this game requires, like, three sets of d10 dice or something ridiculous. He wanted a separate bag for these dice, and drew up a picture of what he wanted.
It looked pretty simple, so I told him we could make it. We bought some fabric but then never got around to doing anything with it.
Just before last Christmas, B was gone for business for about a week, and I saw an opportunity. I have a terrible time surprising him with anything, because he notices the tiniest details and changes, but he is excellent at surprises for me. I figured I could make a dice bag in a couple of days (I also enlisted my mom’s help in planning).
We made a quick pattern out of newspaper, basing the size of the bag off another dice bag B uses (that one is made of chain mail…). I cut out the colored triangles and sewed them together as shown in his design. Then I cut a black lining approximately the same size, sewed the two “inside” faces together. I added an extra seam at the top and threaded some black string though.
I did this bag quickly, so it’s not perfect. My grandmother is turning over in her grave because my seams didn’t match up in some places.
But I did finish it in time, and B was definitely surprised. He’s been using it for his Exalted dice ever since. I didn’t add any decal to the front yet, but he’s said that instead of the dice in his sketch, he wants a yellow circle like a sun, which is the symbol of his Exalted character’s caste, Zenith.
Some action shots: