4.5 out of 5 stars (982) 982 reviews. For the bass bags, I liberated the zippers from a freebee messenger bags. Start by squeezing the seam past the zip until it looks tidy, then hand stitch the gap together with matching thread. Zipper- needs to long enough to let the instrument slip through it when it is open (with a bit of extra room to be safe). Just in time as my ukulele bag is coming apart at the seams. Bias tape: 3 yards, extra wide double fold 1/2” A few years ago I took up the ukulele and pretty much fell in love. If I do build up the motivation to make a variation on this, I'll be sure to let you know (perhaps even post an Instructable or slide show). I am doing it, for by first bass guitar, brilliant tutorial, hope I get it as nice :)Thank you! Pin one side, starting in the middle and work out to one side then the other. Perhaps I will modify your instructions for a smaller guitar and give it a go. Next we need to determine the zipper length. I still carry my Fender Jazz Bass in a hard case but it's a pain on public transport! Trim up the edges so they are even. I used two 16” long pieces of cotton webbing 1.25” wide for the handles. This measurement is actually longer than we need this piece to be, but I’ve found that when easing a straight piece to a curved piece, it’s nice to have a little extra length (any extra will easily be trimmed later). It's amazing some of the stuff you can make with a little effort and some time. Because the bag is sewn more like an envelope (2D) instead of a box, the zips are kept away from the instrument. This is when I realised that the widened head shape wasn't necessary and luckily I had left enough allowance that I could just trim the widened part and re-pin and serge it. on Introduction. Find the place where it makes the most sense to place the handles, taking into account how the instrument balances. This one doesn't allow the pre-testing of the size and seam adjustments so you'd need to be a bit more confident about the shape. Outer fabric - needs to be tough enough to protect and it can't be stretchy. Love the pattern. Repeat for bottom outer-liner pair (3 & 4). Very cool! Fair enough. DIY patterns and supplies. She likes much brighter colors and designs than I do, which seems to fit with the overall sound and personality of a ukulele. We'll call it the "instrument outline" As my wife says, I'm a bloke and its a machine. I reckon if you are handy with the sewing machine and have the materials at hand, you could do it in a few hours. Sew down that side, across to the first side and to the middle. Place the pieces in the order in Step 5 and start pinning them together. If your shape is not symmetrical AND there is a front and back to the fabric you are using, make sure that the pairs of outers and liners "mirror" each other (front to front). Zipper: at least 30” long (can always be shortened) Build and decorate your very own ukulele with the My Ukulele Kit. Mark the handle placement with chalk or removable pen. on Step 12. OK, feeling better? With right sides together, sew the quilted gusset pieces together along the zigzagged edge. It doesn't matter which piece of fabric as long as it isn't the outside face of the outer fabric. Handle placement will depend on the size and shape of each instrument, and how you want the weight to balance. You can definitely use this instructable to make a guitar gig bag. Now flip it over and do the same on the other side. Nothing gets you more excited for warm weather than the intoxicating strums of the ukulele. I am a bit confused about the gusset amount as it seems it would be a bit larger, but perhaps that is because the zipper takes up part of the space? Fold the paper in half to create a center line. (You might need less if you have a smaller instrument). This is the red line in the photos (the inner most curved line). This is fantastic! The last step is to attach the handles. 4.2 out of 5 stars 81. I signed up for a ukulele lesson this Saturday because I've had this in... Jan 7, 2018 - Hi there! Now you have a basic outline of your instrument. A few years back I made a more fitted case using the zip and side panels from one of those freebie conference courier bags and even though it is a tighter fit, zips are doing fine and no scratching. Unfortunately for the zipperphobes, the zipper holds the weight of the instrument in this design. Start in an easy place, like the middle Lining fabric yardage: 1 yard @ 45” After three years, I decided that my ukulele needed a proper bag. 10 years ago Batting: 1 yard @ 45” In the photos this is the black line on the bottom of the pattern. If you caught me hand sewing something.... that'd be a different story. Lay your instrument on your inner fabric and draw around the body. So if you any of these alternatives might be easier for you, go for it! Thanks for instructions on making a guitar bag. After both sides of the zipper are sewn in place, rip out the basting stitches between zipper stops. In my example this is 1.75” (half of 3.5). Exterior fabric yardage: 1 yard @ 45” I haven't had any problems with the zips wearing out or scratching. I need to make a bag for my bowed psaltery, and while I’m an adequate quilter, I’m not that great a sewist. I used bias tape to finish the raw edges. Since she doesn’t sew anymore, I consider her stash fair game now. Yeah, I've been a freelance tailor/seamster for 6 years now. Using the Pfaff zipper foot 4 with IDT System, I sewed the zipper in place approximately 1/4” from the center of the zipper teeth. The only problem is that I have nothing to carry my ukulele with to the music studio! 10 years ago This Christmas I decided to make gig bags for my wife's and daughter's new instruments. For this project I raided my wife’s fabric stash. Yours may come out perfectly, but mine needed some tidying up at the ends. Make a Gig Bag for a Guitar Bass Ukulele Banjo: This Christmas I decided to make gig bags for my wife's and daughter's new instruments. ... Then I bought a new baritone ukulele–a Lanikai–and made a gig bag for it which I posted about last week.