Monday, April 7, 2014

Ukulele Bag

For my birthday this year, my husband bought me a Ukulele.  I do believe he is hoping for me to get good enough to strum along at the campfire this summer!

It may happen, I will do my best :)  I have been practicing 'You are my Sunshine', a good beginner ukulele song.

Of course if I am going to be carrying a ukulele around with me, I am required to have a great gig bag.

I looked on the internet and found a great quality black bag with 1/2" foam, but I just couldn't put such a unique instrument in black.

I continued to look and saw some colourful quilted ones, but they did not have as much structure as I would like, so I set out to make my own.

Step 1  Fabric:  Recently I bought some Joel Dewberry Ginseng scraps from a local girl, Kristie @ OCD: obsessive crafting disorder(who makes amazing things).  I am so glad I did, because they turned out to be the perfect fabric for my bag.

Step 2 pattern:  I thought I would take pictures of my process, but I did a little to much sewing and very little planning.  I did trace the ukulele and draft a pattern piece from the tracing.  After that was very little measuring and a lot of improv.

Step 3 fabric prep:  I lined each exterior piece with a stiff sew in lining and a medium weight iron on.  I quilted them together which gave the bag some added character and stability.  I also used 1/2" foam to give the instrument padding and add structure to the bag.

Step 4 through the end:  sew, seam rip, sew.

I borrowed my little man to model the gig bag for you.

I hope you are enjoying my finishes, it is rare for me to have so much blogging time.
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