Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gifts for Nerds!

In the unlikely event that any of you have a friend who roleplays to buy a small gift for, I thought I share what I've put together.
I'm referring specifically to those who do tabletop roleplaying, also known as pen-and-paper roleplaying - Dungeons and Dragons and the like. For a full explanation see this wiki page or alternatively this very accurate description, but essentially this is a game of make-believe with rules and statistics and to do it you need paper, pencils, rubbers and variously sided dice.
I had to find cracker sized gifts for 4 friends who do roleplaying and I thought that giving them a set of items they can keep and use at each game would be a good gift.
The dice I bought from ebay for about £4, do a search for 'poly dice' or 'dice set', you're looking for a set of 7 dice with 4, 6, 8, 2x10, 12 and 20 sides.
The pencils are Ikea pencils with the writing scraped off and the rubber is from a stationers.
I made the pouches from some old muslin I had laying around and matched the colour of the dice to the ribbon I used.
First I cut 2 pieces of cloth 12" x 3 1/2", plus about 1/2" for seam allowances. I sewed 2 sides to make a pouch.
 Then I took one pouch, turned it right way out and put it inside the first, sewing around the top and leaving a small gap to turn the pouch through.
 I forgot to take any more photos, but essentially, I hand stitched the opening closed after I'd done my turning so that both pouches are the right way out. Then I pushed one down inside the other so that the pouch becomes self lined. I sewed a channel for the ribbon, unpicked the small bit of seam in the channel and threaded the ribbon through.
Voila, nerdy cracker gifts for less than £5.

I found I had to make the inner pouch a little smaller all over for a comfy fit, but it's not essential.

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