While we only just got the Wii a few months back I can see how a family can amass quite a few games. We only have 6 games currently but I figured I would rather be proactive in the storage area than reactive. So with the newest addition to our playroom (A.K.A…the Blue TV Cabinet) I decided to utilize every square inch, including the door insets.
In case you missed the previous posts:
Each inset can hold a dozen games for a total of twenty-hour Wii games. Since we only have 6 right now I also added our DVD’s to it as well. You could also add more games, DVDs, or CD’s if you didn’t mind not seeing the whole front of them. But for the 5-year old boy that lives in our house 2 is plenty.
12” of Vinyl on the roll
Skinny Double Bias Tape
Hot Glue Gun
Sewing machine with coordinating thread
Scotch Blue Painters Tape
Fabric (I used drop cloth)
1. Measure the insets of your doors and then subtract a 1/2” all the way around. I had a curved top so I had to make a pattern for that first. Next using those measurements cut out a piece of mat board to size. I found mine at Michaels for $6. Using a box cutter and a straight edge cut out your mat board.
2. Cut out a piece of fabric that is 3” wider and taller than your board. Then wrap it around your board taping it with the painter’s tape to give it a temporary hold.
3. Cut your vinyl into 4” strips then sew your bias tape onto the edge of it. Then cut out your vinyl into 12” lengths. I used 6 vinyl lengths for each inset.
4. Now position your vinyl on the front of your fabric wrapped mat board using your tape to hold it in place while you sew it.
5. Unwrap all the tape off the back and sew it in place. Sew the bottom edge of each of the vinyl 1/4” from the edge.
Tip: The vinyl wants to stick to the foot on your machine. If you tape your foot (cutting a hole for the needle with an Exacto knife) it will not stick and will sew nicely without bunching up.
6. Position your sewn piece on the front of your mat board and then wrap it onto the back hot gluing the fabric in place. Then hot glue the vinyl down as well. It doesn’t look pretty on the back but it looks awesome on the front.
7. Using a truckload of hot glue — glue it to the inset to your doors and pop your games in place. Or you could always use Velcro or something else in case you didn’t want this look forever.
This is perfect for children because they don’t have to try and rip them out of the boxes they come in and they are all right there in front of their eyes.
I would love to hear how your store your video games. I know some of you must have a great game organization tip. Please share in the comments.