I have been designing and making little drawstrings bags and card envelopes for my board games.
I wanted to do this so I could just pull them out as ready to go component holders, as well as storage. If I was going to do that, then I may as well make them thematic.
Here is what I made for my Wingspan board game, which is obviously all about birds.
Little crochet drawstring bags that can be rolled down to look like little nests while playing the game.
I used 4 x 50 grm balls of fluffy brown yarn for the nests and used coloured yarn for the drawstrings.
The yarn is for 6mm hooks, but I used smaller hooks (see instructions) for a tighter fabric.
Everything is bagged up including the dice and end of bonus tiles. They are also big enough to include the extra content game expansions will provide.
Here is the crochet instructions.
They are in UK crochet terms.
To convert to US: a UK treble is a US double crochet. A UK double crochet is a US single crochet.
Crochet Egg Nest Instructions
This is the biggest nest. Hook size is 4.5mm, (yarn recommended hook is 6mm). I am using smaller hooks than recommended to get a tighter, stiffer fabric.
Do a magic loop or ch 3 and join to first chain.
ROUND 1: Chain 3. 11 treble into magic loop or chain ring. Join to 3rd chain from the beginning (12 tr).
ROUND 2: Ch 3. 1 tr into same base stitch, counts as 2 tr. Do 2 tr into each remaining stitch, join to 3rd chain at beginning (24 tr).
ROUND 3: Place marker. We will be doing continuous no joining rounds from now on. 1 dc into next stitch, *2 dc into next stitch, 1 dc into next 2 stitches. Repeat from * to you reach your marker. (32 dc)
ROUND 4: 1 dc into next stitch, * 2 dc into next stitch, 1 dc into next 3 stitches. Repeat from * to you reach your marker. (40 dc)
Do 7 more rounds of 40 dc.
ROUND 12: chain 3. 1 tr into each stitch for the whole round, join to 3rd chain at beginning (40 tr).
This is going to make the holes where your drawstring threads through.
ROUND 13: slip stitch through back loop all the way around and finish off.
DRAWSTRING: Do a row of chains 35cm long. Thread through top treble round. Tie knots at the end of drawstrings or add beads for nice bobbly ends.
Nests for food, dice and bonus tiles
These remind me of little dumplings when all tied up.
I use a 3.5 or 4mm hook for these so they are a bit smaller than the egg nest.
Repeat the instructions for the crochet egg nest. The only part that is different is: Instead of doing 7 more rows of 40 dc, you will only do 5 more rows, before doing the treble drawstring hole round.
As you crochet these you make think they are too big for the amount of food tokens, but remember more of the tokens are coming in the expansions and when you roll down they edges to play the game, the fit is great. For the goal tokens, I keep it as a draw bag to randomly draw these tiles.
Coloured Cube Nests
These are all done in double crochet. They are designed to have flat bottoms to hold the cubes and any food tokens while you are playing, then draw string close to form the cutest little pouches.
I did the drawstrings in the same colours as the cubes so you know what colour is in which pouch.
The finished open nest will be a flat surface with a drawstring edging to stop the cubes and tokens from falling out.
Magic loop start or do 2 chain and join
ROUND 1: Make 6 dc into the loop created, join to the end of round with a slip stitch
ROUND 2: ch 1, 1 dc into the same stitch. 2 dc into each of the remaining stitches, join to the beginning of round, (12 dc).
ROUND 3: ch1, 2dc into next stitch, *1 dc into next stitch, 2 dc into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of round and join to beginning of round, (18 dc).
ROUND 4: ch 1, dc into next stitch, * 2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc into the next 2 stitches, repeat from * till the end of round joining with a slip stitch to the beginning of round. (24 dc).
ROUND 5: CH 1, 1 dc into next 2 stitches, *2 dc into next stitch, 1 dc into next 3 stitches, repeat from * to the end of round, join with slip stitch to the beginning of round. (30 DC)
ROUND 6: ch 1, 1 dc into next 3 stitches, *2 dc into next stitch, 1 dc into next 4 stitches, repeat from * till the end of round, joining with a slip stitch. (36 DC)
ROUND 7: ch 3, * miss a stitch and do 1 treble into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of round, joining with a slip stitch to beginning 3rd chain. This will make your drawstring holes to thread through.
ROUND 8: Slip stitch through the back loop all the way around, join to beginning and finish off.
DRAWSTRINGS: Make a chain of 32cm. Knot or bead ends. Thread through the treble row.