Roll Damage!

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You may or may not know this, but I am a D&D geek. And for the first time in my life, I’m DMing a campaign. A handful of friends comes over every Sunday afternoon and we have many great imaginary adventures.

Not long ago, I saw a set of stuffed plushie dice available for sale. My thought process went pretty much like a lot of crafters’ do:

  1. I want it!
  2. I can’t afford it/I can’t justify spending that much.
  3. I can make it!

So that’s what I started to do. Pictured here are a four-sided die and a six-sided die (or as we gamers call them, a d4 and a d6). It’s become a kind of running gag on game day to grab a die, lob it at an unsuspecting person in the room, and yell, “Roll damage!”

Here’s how to make them:

Four-Sided Die (d4)

  • Acrylic worsted weight yarn, main color
  • Acrylic worsted weight yarn, contrasting color (for numbers)
  • Size “G” hook
  • Yarn needle

Special stitch:
Decrease (dec): Put hook through first sc stitch and pull up a loop. Then put hook through next sc stitch and draw up another loop. Yarn-over (yo) and pull through both loops.

Face (make 4)

With main color, ch 25.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each st across. 24 scs.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Dec in next 2 scs. Sc in each remaining st across. 23 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Dec in next 2 scs. Sc in each remaining st across.
Remaining rows: Repeat Row 3 directions. Each row will have one less stitch. Continue until you only have 2 scs remaining.
Final row:Ch 1, turn. Dec in remaining 2 sts. Finish off.

You should have a (roughly) equilateral triangle.

When all 4 faces are completed, use contrasting color to stitch numbers on the corners as shown in picture. You might want to use an actual d4 as reference.

Stitch sides together, matching like numbers to like numbers at the corners. Leave opening for stuffing. Stuff just enough to keep die from collapsing in on itself (overstuffing will cause die to bulge too much and not keep its pyramid shape). Stitch opening shut. Finish off and weave in all ends.

To read a d4, you look at the top number on the pyramid. The die in the photo has rolled a “4”.

Six-Sided Die (d6)

  • Acrylic worsted weight yarn, main color
  • Acrylic worsted weight yarn, contrasting color (for numbers)
  • Size “G” hook
  • Yarn needle

Special stitch:
Decrease (dec): Put hook through first sc stitch and pull up a loop. Then put hook through next sc stitch and draw up another loop. Yarn-over (yo) and pull through both loops.

Face (make 6)

With main color, ch 25.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each st across. 24 scs.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc across.
Remaining rows: Repeat directions for Row 2 until you have a square. You can test by folding diagonally at the corners. If the corners match up evenly and there’s no overlap, then you have a square. Finish off and leave long piece of yarn for sewing.

With contrasting color, stitch numerals onto each face. Note that with a “traditional” d6, the “6” will be underlined.

Arrange faces so that the opposite faces of the die will add up to 7 (put the 6 on the opposite side of the 1, the 5 on the opposide side of the 2, and the 3 on the opposite side of the 4.). Stitch together, leaving space for stuffing. Stuff just enough to keep the die’s shape from collapsing. Overstuffing will cause bulging and make your die more spherical than cubical. Stitch remaining opening shut. Finish off and weave in ends.


I’m still working on the d8 and the d20. You’ll see them (and how to make them!) as soon as they’re done.

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8 responses to “Roll Damage!

  1. Val

    OMG!! I love it! I’m SO making a set of these for A’isha for Christmas!!!

  2. This is amazing! Great for children, too!

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  5. Katrina

    What size are they? I’d like to make them for a friend’s son. She plays D&D and her son will be 1 in October

  6. The ones I made are approximately 6-8″ in height. Squishy in adult hands size.

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