No Sew Nes Controller Wallet




another reinvention of this gaming classic

Step 1: You Will Need

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

Step 2: Kill a Controller

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...

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

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!

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



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    84 Discussions


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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


    6 years ago on Step 5

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

    Calico Jack

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    7 years ago on Step 5

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

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

    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

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    zeniloracWin Guy

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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