Introduction: No Sew Nes Controller Wallet

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another reinvention of this gaming classic

Step 1: You Will Need

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one sacrificial Nes controller
small phillips screwdriver
wire snip pliers
UHU glue
Long Zip

Step 2: Kill a Controller

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unscrew controller backing (a couple of to screws may be immovable, if this is the case remove as many as possible then carefully pry apart the controller and snap the screw mounts)
remove circut board and wire. using pliers snap off any of the screw holders/wire guides etc
leave the ones that hold the button pads in place

Step 3: Try Not to Stick Your Fingers to the Poject...

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use a blob of glue to secure the rubber backing of the keys so they dont fall out -repeat for each key

Step 4: Stick the Zip

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this step is kind of fiddly, try to get a zip that is at least long enough to go around 3 sides of the controller. use a piece of ribbon or similar to bridge the gap along the bottom (to form hinge).

(for some reason my browser isnt letting me create notes on the images so i hope this makes sense)
glue around the inside edge of the controller and attach zip, use an old bank card to press the zip to the edge. work out which way round you want you wallet to be and make sure the middle of the zip is at hat side (see second photo for correct way round!). glue around the inner edge on the back plate and line up the zip, sticking as much as you can before unzipping (helps lining it up) finish positioning zip.

glue a strip of ribbon around the remaining edge then to the other plate. agin use the card to press the edges in.

Step 5: Finshed!

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tidy up any loose edges with a little extra glue where requred. make sure it has properly dried before using.

my entry to the Wallet competition, was a abit last minute as my first design didnt work...
my sewing machine broke part way in, hence the no sew aproach.
my original plan was similar to the cassette tape purse pictured


awig (author)2014-09-15

oh lord. i love it!

amerari (author)2012-12-30

Loved this will go on my to-do lists for 2013

djrockdrummer (author)2012-08-10

sir i am afraid your genius is showing!

vincentstockdale (author)2012-06-08

and here i am searching for a cheap nes controller. ughh

jintrigger (author)2008-12-18

Is there anyway to this and still manage to have a working controller. That would be sweet

zenilorac (author)jintrigger2008-12-18

i guess u could... u would need to make a lining to hold the circut board in place also there would be a long cable to deal with but not impossible if u make it post a picture!

jintrigger (author)zenilorac2008-12-18

That shouldn't be hard to keep this circuit board in place but for the cord I was thinking of something retractable like some of the newer iron that retract so the cord wont be all over the place

Win Guy (author)jintrigger2012-05-17

That would be cool! I think you should make it. All in favor?

Win Guy

TechKid67 (author)2012-05-03

These look extremely profitable! I recommend jumping on that or at least patenting the idea. Love them

Calico Jack (author)2012-04-15

I don't know if it was with permission or not, but this 'ible has been plagiarized word for word here:

zenilorac (author)Calico Jack2012-04-15

it was without permission, thanks for the heads up :)

adeboard (author)2011-11-16

I'm not sure I understand that bottom? Does the controller close up with the zipper inside or....?

zenilorac (author)adeboard2011-11-16

the zip i used was short so only long enough to go around three edges. i used a piece of ribbon glued in place to make a 'hinge' along the bottom edge.
hope that helps

Win Guy (author)2011-10-10

This is cool, but I wouldn't feel okay about destroying a perfectly good NES controller - those things are ANCIENT, you know! Do you have any idea where I might be able to find an imitation shell?

Win Guy

zenilorac (author)Win Guy2011-10-10

i imagine an 'imitation' shell would probably cost more than the garage sale price tag of the old controller. but i guess u could cast a replica if you had an original to work from. it was mainly an art/recycling project using found material and plays on the iconic look of the controller. thanks for looking and taking the time to comment

becomingthebeast (author)2007-11-01

Very nice....! I'm a man myself and I always carry a change purse, so what?

exactly. when my friends ask me why i carry one, i just stare at them.

PandasOfDoom (author)skyler53792011-10-07

lol nice

Win Guy (author)PandasOfDoom2011-10-10

Me too.

PandasOfDoom (author)2011-10-07


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zenilorac (author)NatureBoom212010-09-30

there is one on instructibles here-
but not identical.

the image came from a site selling them i think
but far grom cheap

if you work it out make an instructable of it

MapTa=Marty (author)2010-02-20

 That's pretty awesome!

mfcds (author)2009-08-07

I heard you shouldn't use the sewing machine with zippers. it breaks the needle.

zenilorac (author)mfcds2009-08-07

nah, you just have to be a little careful and go slow. I originally planned to sew a liner/zipped pocket then stick the case in place but junk store sewing machine was being difficult

DrWeird117 (author)2009-04-27

James Rolfe would love this.

Killer5005 (author)DrWeird1172009-06-24

Yes, AVGN would be overjoyed to own one of these.

DrWeird117 (author)Killer50052009-06-24

Somebody send him one.

Gage987 (author)2008-06-16

how do people make all these and get the controller like many others have said these controllers are gonna go extinct

rcmaniac10 (author)Gage9872009-01-30

they will extinct eventually.... everyting will.... thats y u get replicas...

danteblanco (author)2008-08-03

Thanks for this ((:
I made mine
and it came out pretty sick.
LINK:this is what it looks like

zenilorac (author)danteblanco2008-08-03

looks good, please include a link to this instructable on your deviant art page thanks

skyler5379 (author)2008-06-02

hey what do you do to the bottom so there isn't a huge hole on the bottom where all your money falls out?

zenilorac (author)skyler53792008-06-05

i glued in a strip of ribbon to act like hinge, alternativley glue i a long zip that wiould go all the way round

kworrell (author)zenilorac2008-07-02

What did you use for glue? I find that super glue is not working and hotglue peels away from the plastic. Great idea by the way and would love to use for a teen craft project!

NetReaper (author)2008-05-24

It would also me cool if you made it on hinges and had it snap open, it could have fabric lining on the inside and little pockets too. then i would look like a nes controller when closed, great for confusing people when they see you open it

eeeXsmart (author)2008-04-21

OMG!!!!!! i love it!!! it's great!!!! definitely making!! thanks!!

davethegiant (author)2008-01-22

You know it's just a matter of time before the world runs out of NES controllers with all these MP3 and wallet mods..... :P

When that happens I will be here with an instructable on how to turn a NES controller wallet into a functioning one. XD

czarnian (author)2007-12-28

I did this proyect a few months ago, here H add a few tips: - If you can't find UHU glue, use PVC piping glue. You knoy, the clear glue that can gets you high if you inhale too close to the piping just glued, you can purchase it at your local hardware store. Be sure it's for PVC piping, not epoxy or any other glue. This glue bonds in matter of seconds, so be sure where do you wanna glue something, there's no coming back after you glued it. For gluing the zipper to the NES controller, I went for stages. Take a file binder clip (the black with two silver legs kinda clips, the ones that some people use to make photo framings, you know...) and star gluing one inch at a time, put some glue, put the zipper, clip with the binder clip, let it be for a couple of minutes, take the clip out, repeat. Lining: Leaving coinage in a plastic container is kinda noisy. I figured that out the day after I made the purse. so, i made a lining for the purse out of a piece of EVA gum. Cut to fit the inner walls of the purse, then glue with the piping glue. (EVA gum is the same material that some kiddie play-n-learn toys are made, it's a soft plastic, foamy but dense, find it at your office supplies store (or at the hobbie/craft store, there are still some granmas that made napkin holders or TP covers out of an EVA gum sheet.) to glue or not to glue (the buttons): A friend of mine told me that it would have been cool if I let the buttons with the gum inside, for a more realistic effect on the casual observer (like "dude, nice purse.....the buttons still work?"...happens a lot...). Personally I glued them, excep for the select/start, that I left untouched. It's up to you. If you have any question about the procedure, dfeel free to contact me via PM. Greetz to the original conceiver of this idea. see ya. Czarnian

zenilorac (author)czarnian2007-12-28

thanks. i like the idea of the lining, i might have to update my prototype : )

OMFGrhombus (author)2007-11-08

I'm seriously about to make this! What a great idea!

Neodudeman (author)2007-09-05

Now That's Awesome.

summersa (author)2007-08-07

ps instead of using the zipper i'm thinking using magnetts

summersa (author)2007-08-07

pretty cool idea although its not big enough to hold cards I guess it might if I expand the middle and let the hinge hang out a bit but thats not cool. I'm a little disappointed but its still sweet.

organizm987 (author)2007-07-11

whats UHU glue?

zenilorac (author)organizm9872007-07-11

UHU is strong clear craft glue you can buy in United kingdom. gluegun would work well too

organizm987 (author)zenilorac2007-07-13

i got the regular UHU glue and it doesnt work. it wont stick

zenilorac (author)organizm9872007-07-13

i used the regular stuff in the yellow tube... i think i held the zip in place until it dried a bit sorry i cant be more helpful than that

organizm987 (author)zenilorac2007-07-11

like a hot glue gun?

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