Many months later, here they are!
Ok, so they're not pillow sized. They're about the size of a big man's fist, and there's a reason for that. Designing templates for a set of three dimensional objects is easy, but designing them in such a way as to make all of the objects in the set the same size after assembly is actually pretty hard.
I started by making a bunch of card-stock models to experiment with size. The cat loved these.
Once I was fairly confident that everything would fit together appropriately, I cut the required number of templates out of felt and hand sewed a number onto each. How long did this take? About one hour per face. Total number of faces: sixty. (Don't worry, I did this mostly while travelling or watching TV.)
The number distribution on a die is not random. There's a rule that determines the position of each face relative to the others. I used actual dice as guides during assembly to make sure each side was in the correct spot, and facing the right way.
Here they are, sewn together and ready to be stuffed:
The finished dice turned out great! The hand sewing makes them look really fun.
So here is the really awesome part... since I've done all the work of designing these dice templates, I can now share them with everyone else who wants to geek out and make themselves a set. With International Tabletop Day coming up on March 30th, how can you resist?
Click HERE to download the templates!
Update: Looking to simplify things by making dice out of colourful card-stock? Check out this awesome page for platonic solid paper projects and printable/foldable templates!
Next week on Felt Pattern Friday, I'll be moving on from the woodland series to something new for spring. Stay tuned for a preview of the cuteness to come. In the meantime, here's a last look at my favourite die!
I am participating in the very first Le Challenge, a monthly themed challenge for crafters. The kickoff theme is geometrics. This is one of my very favourite elements to any project, and these dice were probably my most complex geometric project so far. (Working in 3D is hard!) I am happy to have the occasion to share my geekcraft!