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NINTENDO DS Bag Tutorial

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Jerika got a cute little pink Nintendo DS for Christmas this year and the ziploc carrying case just isn’t cutting it anymore.  Time to step it up and make her something cute, right?! Right.  She is old enough to not carry around a sling carrier…. just needs something to stuff into the purse or back pocket of the car…or slip into her backpack.  I checked out a a few designs and thought the ‘wallet’ style was a good one.  Since there wasn’t any tutorials out there— I of course made my own! hee hee

Materials List:

  • 1/4 Yard {width of fabric} for inside and outside of case
  • 1/4 Yard of sail Cloth or some kind of stiff weight cloth for the middle.  This gives the bag stability without being to thick.
  • 2 Buttons
  • 2 Pony Tails

UPDATE 1/6/2013

Since another Nintendo found its way into the home, I have since made another nintendo ds case.  I thought a few updates to the pattern would be helpful.  I will show you what I did to change it a little bit, you can use the same instructions posted below to help with putting it together.

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Front, Back and felt:  6 1/2″ X 16″

Big Pocket– 6 1/2″ X 8″  fold in half and iron

Small card pocket– 6 1/2″ X 4″ Fold and iron one end 1/4″  Fold in half matching folded end with raw edge

Lay on top of big pocket tucking all raw edges under the 1/4″ folded end {this will make it a finished edge}

Sew lines for small card pocket separators {noted on photo at 1 1/2″ between the stitches}

Nintendo pocket: 5″ X 6 1/2″ fold in half and iron– you can sew button in the center on the outside of the pocket now or by hand later.

second small card pocket– 6 1/2″ X 4″ fold and iron one end 1/4″ Fold in half, tucking the raw edge under the folded edge

Pin on the front {or inside piece} and sew your separation lines

Pin everything in place on the front of the case, using the measurements below as your guide– you can sew along the outside edges 1/8″ inch {so they won’t show later} to keep in place


Lay right side of back on the front piece.  Lay both of these on top of your felt {this added cushion for the nintendo- not too much bulk}

On the wrong side of the back, Measure 2″ from edge to center {which is 3 1/2″ }  Sew on this marked line– through all 3 layers —tucking a hair elastic inside at the point

Sew all the ways round the whole nintendo case, leaving a 2 1/2″ -3″ opening for turning

Trim all corners and the point.  Turn right sides out.  Close turning opening

Fold with machine inside and mark where button needs to be placed.  Sew on button

Sew button on nintendo pocket by hand– Sew the elastic for the button after checking position with nintendo in the pocket


Let’s Start with the main body.  Cut 2—-  19″  X 6 1/2″                                  At one end mark the center of the 6 1/2″ and then mark on both sides 3″   Cut matching those marks– you will get a point!

Cut 1—- 19″  X 6 1/2″  from the heavy weight cloth                                       Repeat the same instructions as above to make the point on the one end.


* Cut out 3 1/2 ” X 6 1/2″

* Fold in half the long way ****** ONE EDGE WILL NEED TO BE 1/4″ LONGER THAN THE OTHER!!!!!  iron.

This will cover up the raw edges when place on the body piece.


* Cut out 6″  X 6 1/2″

* Fold in half the 6″ side and Iron  {match the bottoms on this one}


* Cut out 5 1/2″  X 6 1/2″

*  Hem the top edge {5 1/2″ edge}.  Fold under twice and stitch down.


* Lay the big pocket down first.

* Lay pocket #2 down matching up the bottom edge

* Lay pocket #1 down matching up the bottom edge, TUCKING THAT 1/4 HEM UNDER ALL OF THE PIECES!!!

* Pin in place and stitch all the way around 1/8″ from edge. This will keep everything together and stop it from shifting later on when assembling.

* From the sewn line mark with a pencil every 1 1/2″ from side to side.

* Sew on these drawn lines. This will be the dividers for the little games.



* Cut 1 piece  4″ X 6 3/4″

* Hem the top edge {4″ edge}   Fold under twice and stitch down.

*  Sew a Button in the center just below the Hem.


* With your inside bag piece Iron a crease every 5 1/2 inches.  This will help you place your pockets in the right spot.

* Take your NINTENDO POCKET and lay the raw edge matching up with the square end of the body piece.

*  Do a quick stay stitch all the way around the 3 sides.  *** I know that 6 3/4 is a bit bigger than the 6 1/2″ width.  You will need to make this work with a tiny pucker. This will help when stuffing that machine in. Won’t be too tight.

*  Take one of the POCKET PACKAGE {all 3 sewn with dividers with the bottom tucked under} and place it in the next section.  Pin in place and stay stitch along the outside edges and Stitch along that bottom edge.

*  Repeat with the other POCKET PACKAGE in the last area.  Repeat with stitching.

* Lay the pony tail holder above the NINTENDO POCKET and stitch in place Using a small zig-zag stitch.


* Lay right sides together the bag inside {with all the pockets} and the back piece.

* Lay these on top of the liner piece and pin together.

* Stitch all the way around leaving a 3″ opening for turning.  *********** WHEN YOU GET TO THE POINT STICK IN THAT PONY TAIL HOLDER AND STITCH IN PLACE!!

*  Snip corners and points

* Turn right sides out and iron flat.

* Stitch hole closed by hand

* Fold up and mark where button needs to be on the outside and hand stitch in place.

* I totally know you girls are smart and noticed that my nintendo pocket is in the middle…well, sew and learn right?  When you fold it it makes the nintendo on the outside and not too protected.

Putting it on the left side -when folded will keep it in the middle of everything. safer that way.

Enjoy!!  Let me know if you have any questions, or comments.

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14 thoughts on “NINTENDO DS Bag Tutorial

  1. threeundertwo

    Is it okay for me to confess that I have a DS? I love this tutorial! Love the fabric you used. Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  2. Amy

    This is awesome! My girls got each got a DS for Christmas too and we were wanting to make something like this, thanks for sharing Becky!

  3. Nikki

    What a great idea. I need to make three for my kids 🙂

  4. Jeanette

    Thanks! My granddaughter got one for Christmas and this would be a perfect gift for her.

  5. Renee

    Too clever! And the fabric is scrumptious! Please do tell where you got it from!

  6. Paula

    Thank you! I have a DS which I love to play (Professor Layton and Picross 3D), and this case is great! 58 years old and I love my DSi. Thanks again.

  7. danielle

    love that idea might make one for my nice but i do not need one bought one a long time ago
    but love that idea about the games in the the case hollder

  8. patricia snyder

    I made one for my netbook only I used needle punch cotton batting for the middle. This was not too thick. It really protects my computer in my purse. I have seen many patterns for covers but yours is the BEST and the EASIEST. (By the way, I have been sewing for 40 years.)
    Thank You

  9. Lori

    Hi Becky! Found this and love it! I made a games rollup for my granddaughter and now I can add this for her to finish her collection of games and machine. Lori

  10. Monica Nailling

    Thank You so much for the DS idea. Making some for my Grandchildren for Christmas. (Only thing is: Wondering if you could add in the Materials Needed List the amount of material needed for the inside pockets. I may be wrong though. It may have been calculated when you said width of the fabric. I’m a medium skilled sewer so I may be wrong.

  11. posse boss

    glad you like!

  12. Julie in ALabama

    I LOVE THIS! I am volunteering to teach some 11-13 year olds how to sew this summer and this may be the project that we do. Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. posse boss

    great! take some photos if you end up using it– i’d love to see how they turn out.

  14. Kirsty

    Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing i have ever seen! I definitely want to try and make it for my own Nintendo 3DS, as its been in the box ever since I bought it and am too scared to carry it around without a holder 🙂 This one will make mine super unique!! Love it, thank you SO much xx

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