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Bag Lady Collection -- images of game bags I've made.
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I love to sew! I love to pimp my games! Fortunately for me, the two hobbies go together quite nicely in the form of custom-themed tile draw bags. What follows is a collection of photographs of some of my custom-made bags.

These are usually are made from sturdy 100% cotton fabric and are seamlessly lined either in silk or satin, so the tiles don't catch on anything and slip smoothly out of the bags. They are a bit heavier than the bags that come with the games, but they'll last a lot longer too, and wear a lot better!

I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed making them. There will probably be more in the works, and I may share those pictures too, we'll see...

There is at least one other similar collection on the geek, by Cornjob's wife.

Edit: Here's my step-by-step tutorial for making bags similar to these. This tutorial is for recreating the RA bag, but it can be adapted to any bag.
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26. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1081] [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
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I made this embroidered red silk bag as a thank you for BGG user Wyckyd. It's designed to hold the game, in its box, plus all the expansions in their boxes. I lined it, with fully hidden seams, in black sateen and added appropriate embroidery to the inside bottom too.

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27. Board Game: Venison [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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The designer of this game, erak, asked if I would create a bag to match. I embroidered this image of a deer/reindeer leaping, that matches his game's graphics, with a laser-guided gunsight pinned on it and a twinkling star in the background. It's lined in a Christmassy blue and green stained glass satin print.
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28. Board Game: GiftTRAP [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1216]
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This one wasn't done for any particular game, but was created as part of a Secret Santa program. I reverse-engineered Octavian's Avatar from the original components, as the original image was too low a resolution.

This bag is fully lined in a brown satin batik print, and features an embroidery of that popular ChitChat meme, bacon, on the reverse.

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29. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1024]
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In Kosmos' Keltis version of Keltis, you're supposed to randomly distribute 25 tiles on the board. Rather than draw them from open piles, I made this green draw bag embroidered with a Celtic knot, fully lined in a blue and green Celtic patterned satin. The knot is stitched in gold and yellow on one side, and burgundy and pink on the other.
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30. Board Game: Beowulf: The Movie Board Game [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1544]
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I prefer to draw my Act tiles from a bag, so I made one with a black material that has gold and silver metallic stripes, and I fully lined it in a bronze satin. It matches the game quite well!
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31. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:60]
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When a friend's copy of Age of Steam came without a bag, I made him this one featuring vintage engines and lined it in shiny smoke-gray satin.
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32. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:304]
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I wanted a fancier tile-drawing bag for Chinatown, but finding Chinese-themed fabric proved difficult. I finally settled on this lantern and bamboo themed fabric in lucky red, and lined it in red satin too.
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33. Board Game: Los Banditos [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2949]
Diane Close
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When I wanted a travel version of Los Banditos, I used more durable plastic poker chips for the "loot", and stored the entire game in this matching cactus-themed bag, lined in purple satin. It's now ready to pick up and game with anywhere!
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34. Board Game: New World: A Carcassonne Game [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1250]
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Of course the New World version of Carcassonne needs a New World Map-themed tile-drawing bag! Fully lined in a green grass satin print.
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35. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:146]
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The 2008 version of this game doesn't come with a tile draw bag. There are a large number of currency design fabrics out there though, which makes this an easy problem to solve for one's own. Mine is fully lined in jet black satin, of course!
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36. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:336]
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How could I forget the Louis XIV I made for Mrs. Mystery Bob to store the coat of arm tiles?! I used a cute Renaissance cat themed-fabric and lined it in royal blue satin. It's a little smaller than my regular-sized bags, but it holds the chits purrfectly.
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I made this bag to celebrate being Geek of the Week, #206! Fully lined, of course, in iridescent butterfly-patterned black satin!

I gave it away, on that thread, to one lucky winner who thumbed this post.

The bag was won by...

Stig Morten
Norway
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38. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:39]
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I designed and sewed this lined, padded Crokinole carrying case for one of the guys in my game group, who needed me to do it on the super-cheap. I clocked in at $25 in materials, as documented in this thread.
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39. Board Game: Bunte Runde [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:5545]
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Bunte Runde comes with two versions of the game in the game box; one featuring wooden bits, for adults, and one featuring cardboard tokens, for children.

I turned the included children's version of Bunte Runde into "Travel" Bunte Runde by adding 25 yellow tiddlywinks, a pawn (in this case, a car), the leftover yellow blank tile (which became the large coin), and stored it all separately, ready to grab'n'go, in a homemade bag!
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40. Board Game: Klondike [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2735]
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The bag that comes with Klondike is very thin and narrow and doesn't have a drawstring. I found the perfect matching fabric to make my own, to better hold, and store, the wooden balls you draw during the game. The opposite side of the bag, not shown, is a log cabin scene almost identical to that on the box! The bag is fully lined in a satin water print that features gold sparkles interspersed throughout.
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41. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:244]
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While the bag that it comes with is nice enough, how can I resist making a custom one in the game's colors and Urban Threads' Mad Scientist Crest pattern? Royal blue raw silk outside, lined with a slippery navy and white polka-dotted fabric.
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42. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:396]
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The instructions say, "Draw meeples at random from the box..." Hah! I don't think so! Yeah, this game definitely needs a bag.

The inset shows the bag's reverse image.
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