Nintendo Switch Lite padded pouches {dimensions + tips}

My boys were thrilled to receive their first “my own electronic” for Christmas this year! We got them each a Nintendo Switch Lite and here 6 days later I can say without a doubt they are a hit. I decided to make a padded pouch for each of them for safe storage and bringing on the go.

The following mini tutorial includes materials, measurements, and a few extra steps that make these pouches perfect for Switch Lites. When it comes to the main construction, if you already know how to make a lined zippered bag- that’s great! If not, I happily refer you to this tutorial by Jedi Craft Girl. Amanda does a great job explaining and photographing each step! I will link to her tutorial again later for the main construction of the bag, as to not reinvent the wheel (and respect the intellectual property of another maker!)

IMPORTANT: One key difference between my Switch Lite pouches and her tutorial is that my pouches do NOT have boxed corners, so you can ignore the cutting of a square piece out of each outer and lining panel. Since Switch Lites are pretty flat, our bag doesn’t need that extra step!

Materials

  • (2) 5.5″ x 10.5″ heavyweight fusible fleece (for outers)
  • (2) 5.5″ x 10.5″ thinner fusible fleece (for linings)
  • (2) 5.5″ x 10.5″ outer fabric (or pieced panels like mine)
  • (2) 5.5″ x 10.5″ lining fabric
  • (2) approximately 2″ x 7″ scraps for pocket
  • (2) approximately 1.5″ x 4″ scraps for zipper ends
  • something for marking! I use a Pilot FriXion pen that is heat erasable
  • a zipper! I buy 14″ zippers like these and cut them down as needed

IMO fusible fleece is the easiest to work with and gives the best combo of cushion + adhesion, but feel free to experiment with batting!

prep and pocket

Fuse the wrong side of the two outers to the adhesive side of the heavyweight fusible fleece. Fuse the wrong side of the two linings to the adhesive side of the lighter weight fusible fleece.

All fused and squishy!

Now it’s time to prepare the pocket. The reason we use two pieces of fabric for making the pocket is the extra thickness at the edges provided by the seam allowances. This will make the top edge of the pocket sturdier for taking games in and out!

Next we attach the pocket to the lining!

Position pocket 1.5″ inches below top edge of lining. Sew through all layers when you top stitch both sides and the bottom edge (where the line is drawn), to attach pocket to lining. backstitching to secure at the start and finish. Your turning hole will now be secured.
Measure your game cards and draw lines for the pockets. I did mine just a hair over 1″ wide which made for a snug fit, keeping the games nicely in place! As you can see my last pocket isn’t big enough for anything, but that’s ok. If that would bother you, you’ll want to be very particular about your pocket width!
Sew through all layers on each pocket marking, backstitching well to secure. I suggest testing your first pocket with a game before sewing the rest!

main construction

Great job! Now it’s time to prepare your zipper and assemble your pouch. This is where I send you over to the pro. Jedi Craft Girl’s “My Favorite Zipper Pouch” tutorial is what I always follow for zippered bags with linings!

REMINDER: One key difference between my Switch Lite pouches and her tutorial is that my pouches do NOT have boxed corners, so you can ignore the cutting of a square piece out of each outer and lining panel. Since Switch Lites are pretty flat, our bag doesn’t need that extra step!

all finished

I hope this mini tutorial has been helpful if you’re wanting to make something similar of your own! Sewing with so many layers of padding is a little cumbersome, but totally worth it to protect those pricey gadgets. Happy sewing!

As you can see here, mine are slightly different sizes! The one on the right is the correct size as instructed. (I added a half inch to the width after making the left bag and wanting a smidge more space for taking the Switch Lite in and out.)

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