Okay, I hereby promise that I will not be on the Magic kick forever! It just so happened that I need a dice bag that’s big enough for all of the crap I stuff in there, including my deck box, my pencil, and if I’m doing badly, my dignity.
To make one for yourself, first choose two mana symbols, one for the front and one for the back:
Plains: Magic – Plains Dice Bag Piece
Island: Magic – Island Piece of Dicebag
Mountain: Magic – Mountain Half of a Dice Bag
Forest: Magic – Forest Dice Bag Piece
Once you have finished the first side of the bag, follow these steps:
1. Sc down the side in the same yarn (e.g. pale red, pale green, gray, pale blue, or yellow) and F/O. Join yarn on the other side and sc down that side, too. F/O.
2. Join black yarn to upper or lower corner and sc the length of the side, ch 1, and sc back to starting corner. Repeat for opposite side.
3. Repeat 1-2 for other side of bag.
4. Turn sides so that the right sides are facing in and the wrong sides are facing out. Using black yarn, sc along the edge to join the two sides, then F/O. Repeat for opposite side.
5. To make the bottom of the bag, crochet a circle with 73-75 stitches in it. For the flattest circle, join the rows. If you’re more comfortable working in a continuous circle, however, you can do that, too. I worked mine as follows:
1) MR5 or sc2, 5sc in 2nd ch from hook
2) 2sc each (10)
3) 2sc each (20)
4) Sc next 3, 2sc next (25)
5) Sc next 4, 2sc next (30)
6) Sc next 5, 2sc next (35)
7) Sc next 6, 2sc next (40)
8) Sc next 7, 2sc next (45)
9) Sc next 8, 2sc next (50)
10) Sc next 9, 2sc next (55)
11) Sc next 10, 2sc next (60)
12) Sc next 11, 2sc next (65)
13) Sc next 12, 2sc next (70)
14) Sc next 13, 2sc next (75)
15) BLO: Sc around
6. Place the joined sides in your lap, inverted (i.e. so that the tops of the mana symbols are down by your knees and the bottoms of the symbols are by your chest). Place the circle inside the bottom, so that you’re looking at the inside (i.e. so Row 15 is visible to you). Sc around to join Row 15 to the bottom of the bag. F/O
7. Turn the bag inside out. Sc around the top for two rows, then use your favorite edging stitch (I did a scalloped edge, which goes as follows: Join yarn, ch 1, 5DC next, sk 2, sl st, sk 2, 5DC next, sk 2, sl st, sk 2, 5DC next – etc. etc. etc.).
8. To make the drawstring, ch 125.
Tip: To make the top cinch more tightly, take the drawstring in at the start of the black strip and out on the other side (or vice versa).
I took this bag to Friday Night Magic, and one of my fellow gamers suggested that I reinforce the holes. “Why?” I asked. “They’re going to tear,” he said. I invited him to try tearing them. He couldn’t. ‘Nuff said.