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Title: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: LauPre on March 05, 2008 11:19:12 PM


One of my favorite things about Portland, Oregon is how bike friendly it is.  Bicycle Magazine calls it the no. 1 cycling city in America.  It's not just a way to get around here, but also a fantastic system of routes and paths, a community, and a culture.  In our house, we choose not to have a car and use bicycles as our main mode of transportation, and it's just great. 

A good friend of mine is also a big gear-head.  He collects old bikes and chops them up into new bikes, and is my go to guy for any major repairs or upgrades to our current bikes.  He recently bought a used guitar that came with a pretty nasty case.  It was old, worn, and icky, so he asked me if I could clean it up, maybe add some style to it, fix up the worn spot inside, and replace the straps so that he could wear it while biking. 


Once I got a good look at it, though, I realized that it just needed to be replaced. This ended up being a massive project, requiring hours and hours of work and I probably never would have finished it if I hadn't seen this challenge.  I thought my idea was fitting, so I pushed myself to meet the deadline.  First, I carefully dissected the nasty thing (I quickly discovered that the previous owner had cats who liked to "mark") and made up some pattern pieces and got to work.

The original bag:


I thought the new bag should have a strong bike theme, so I collected a bunch of used bike parts.  I had a chain, a tire, a couple of tubes, some reflectors, cogs, and an entire wheel to work with. (Recycling and re-purposing is another strong theme here) Since everything was used it was filthy and everything had to be cleaned.


/\ The tire on the front is made from spokes I took from the tire I had.  The tire is an innertube that I sewed down to the pocket.


/\ The key on the ring is from an old bike lock I lost last summer.  I drilled holes in the four corners of each reflector and hand sewed them on.  The handles are more tube that has been sewn.  I was really happy with how well the tube worked as a material, and I know I'm going to using them again.  (just have to wait for someone to get a flat ;) )  Where the green carabiner is is also a little flap for attaching a clip on bike light.

The chain bit here took forever to do!  It almost made me crazy.  I hand stitched down all those chain links so that you wouldn't be able to see the stitches on the outside.


The bottom is a piece of tire.  It was probably was the hardest part to sew, but the thick rubber does a great job of protecting the guitar when you set it down.


The inside is a pretty blue.  see how the colors of the bag match the colors of the scenery?  neato


I free motion quilted two layers of thick batting for the lining.  I made bikes and the word "bike" all over.  For the head of the bag, where it had gotten worn on the old one, I used a layer of vinyl to protect it.
[img=http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/6500/vinylue0.th.jpg]http:// (http://img155.imageshack.us/my.php?image=vinylue0.jpg)

The back:


Inside the front pocket, there are smaller pockets to hold his tuning fork and guitar picks.  I added in a little vinyl pouch to hold his picks, too.

That's some tiny applique!

 I spent so much time and effort on this thing it feels really great to share it!  I gave the bag to him last night and he loved it!
Thanks!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: fairweatherknitter on March 05, 2008 11:36:03 PM
I just clicked the "this rocks" button.. omg.. you did that then gave it to the guy!  I want to know his reaction missy!.. That looked like a ton of work and all the effort you put into it is pretty impressive!  Very creative and dead cool!
  Congratulations on such a wonderful project!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: KarenLouiseM on March 06, 2008 12:46:13 AM
That is so clever!  Great guitar case.

(and smart to put reflectors on it!)


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: annigirl22 on March 06, 2008 01:15:12 AM
Holy Cow!
That is AMAZING!
awesome job!
and yay for oregon!!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: grendelsmom on March 06, 2008 05:03:16 AM
LauPre, you are too clever for words.  Outstanding.  It's thematic, aesthetically pleasing, functional and durable (fabulous use of old tires).


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: TracyInNH on March 06, 2008 06:24:51 AM
Outstanding!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: TLW on March 06, 2008 06:36:54 AM
As a fellow-cyclist, I must say this rocks. (And I clicked that button too)

The idea itself is really awesome, but all the 'additional' details, like using inner tubes as tires, make it even better.

As far as sewing the outer tier: I bow deeply for the fact that you didn't dismiss that as an idea.
For recognizing the fact that you actually managed to do it, I'd have to dig a hole first.
Those things are horrible (I tried cutting one once, to dispose of it more easier. Horrible work).

You got ten out of ten for both creativity and craftmanship.

TLW


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: purringbubbles on March 06, 2008 07:11:45 AM
i hit the 'this rocks' button too.  my boyfriend would absolutely flip over it!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: sweets4ever on March 06, 2008 07:25:56 AM
Wow. :o

I'm not sure what else I can say at this point.  I'm speechless!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: nezbutt on March 06, 2008 09:12:37 AM
I love this! Its so cool and you did an awesome job!
How did your sewing machine hold up to sewing on the tires?


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: turtlelove on March 06, 2008 09:27:23 AM
ohmygosh!  that is totally the cutest thing!  i want one!!!   ;D


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: batgirl on March 06, 2008 09:32:38 AM
This is amazing! It's a fitting tribute to Portland, one of my favorite places to visit!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: sweet_avalanche on March 06, 2008 09:34:56 AM
That is the most fantastic project.   Your friend is one lucky guy to receive this as a gift! 

I've been on Craftster for more than a year now, and this was my first time to click "this rocks!".   ;D


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: loveandasandwich on March 06, 2008 10:03:14 AM
that is a cool ass guitar case, and now i kind of want to move there, haha.  i love riding bikes. :D


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: animegirlie on March 06, 2008 10:19:18 AM
AWESOME!!!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: thanate on March 06, 2008 10:32:46 AM
that's pretty darn amazing.  excellent job!  I love the multi-media approach to the bike theme. 


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: santacruzsugar on March 06, 2008 11:29:14 AM
AMAZING!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: Eliea on March 06, 2008 12:17:59 PM
Taht is probably one of my favorite recylcing projects. You did a wonderful job catering to his taste, you sued materials you all ready had, jsut an all around awesome job!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: muffinsgomoo on March 06, 2008 01:27:02 PM
Holy moly! This is awesome!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: athenamat on March 06, 2008 02:30:17 PM
you are CRAZY CRAZY creative!  I applaud you so hard.


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: goodnorevil on March 06, 2008 02:36:03 PM
that is sooooo portland - bikes, recycling, and music. even the color green! the only thing i would have added is a pocket for a bottle of microbrew.....
i live in portland, too, and this really captures the flavor of the city. great job!

btw, you don't have to wait for someone to get a flat tire for more inner tubes - just go to any bike shop that fixes flats, and they'll be happy to give 'em up!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: TheMistressT on March 06, 2008 02:38:29 PM
I hope I spy that around town!  You are a clever and skilled sewster!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: Chantelle on March 06, 2008 04:08:19 PM
This is phenomenal! So detailed. How easy is it to ride with it on your back? I would think it would throw off my balance, but maybe that's just because I stink at riding a bike!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: TrashedClothing on March 06, 2008 04:46:55 PM
you are insanely, wonderfully, amazing! that bag is killer!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: lizzlexo on March 06, 2008 07:06:15 PM
i really loved this

ecspecially thr lining and pouch


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: winstongang on March 06, 2008 07:09:50 PM
Wow! Fabulous, just fabulous!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: violette28 on March 06, 2008 07:52:51 PM
Its so cool!
I especially love the inside. :) Great job!!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: Chel02 on March 07, 2008 03:52:28 AM
neat :D


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: craftewoman on March 07, 2008 07:31:43 AM
I saw this last night, and didn't comment. This is so awesome!! What great ideas you have.


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: bluebird of happiness on March 07, 2008 08:49:22 AM
i too hit the this rocks button! i can't believe how much work and awesome ideas you put into this!!!


someday i hope to have this good of ideas!!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: barbkang on March 07, 2008 09:34:30 AM
Not only does this rock but I'm from Portland & this totally represents our hometown!! Love it!! ;D


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: CopierThief on March 07, 2008 11:03:34 AM
my sister lives in PDX and is really into riding. She rides every where XD its crazy. atleast for me. but your bag is amazing!! good idea about the reflectors - definately helpful at night. stay safe riding!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: MinorPunk56 on March 07, 2008 12:56:50 PM
A, I wish you were my friend
B, your friend is so lucky
C, this is so AMAZING
D, he uses a tuning fork?  thats a whole other leve of skill!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: RadioactvUnicorn on March 07, 2008 02:35:48 PM
I love it a thousand!!! It makes me miss Oregon. 


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: letuescarpe on March 07, 2008 07:50:58 PM
This is so cool! I'm visiting Portland next week (I've got a conference there, and I've heard awesome things about the city), and this just make me even more excited to go!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: fearcotton on March 07, 2008 10:11:50 PM
This rocks, not just for the challenge, but in general.

Amazing work!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: usernamesaredumb on March 08, 2008 05:56:00 AM
that is simply unbelievable.  i really like the recycled nature of the bike parts.  i LOVE the spokes and (half)hub.  it's just perfect!  great job!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: homestar on March 08, 2008 03:43:24 PM
I am speechless.

THIS ROCKS!!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: MissVan722 on March 08, 2008 05:01:37 PM
I Love Portland.
Yay!
(Fellow Portlander)


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: jeepers on March 08, 2008 07:18:02 PM
No way! Not too many pics.  I love every one, they show all the great details.  All the hours you put into this sure paid off because it is just so fabulous. I hit this rocks, as well. 


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: krtek on March 08, 2008 11:16:37 PM
Oh, it's YOU! I just realized that you're the girl with the pretty ruffle suit reconstruction from challenge 24 (I'm a bit slow sometimes ;))
And now you made this awesome bag. I'm impressed!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: rented_angel on March 11, 2008 12:16:09 PM
Absolutely Fabulous!!!!!
 :D


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: bsonlytoots on March 15, 2008 09:20:32 AM
OMG! Fabulous job! Now clicking ::this rocks::!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: Moxie574 on March 15, 2008 03:33:57 PM
I love this, so creative!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: tibeydo on March 16, 2008 11:52:40 AM
I'm really trying to handmake all my christmas gifts this year, and my lil bro posed a problem. He's a vegan musician kid, living in large city and biking everywhere. This is a MOST awesome idea! I'm not anywhere close to your skill level, but definately a thought. Its fantastic, great job!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: ceej112 on March 16, 2008 02:05:09 PM
I just came from visiting my Best friend in "the beaver state".  And there's one thing I remember vividly about our venture into Portland:   it seemed like every bike rack in the "hollywood" district had a bike leaning against it, no chains no locks. So i asked her what's up with that? she simple said, "POrtland is so cool, we don't even lock up our bikes."

I love the bag. the tubes are my favorite part. my sewing machine hates anything  other than cotton. (and all the pictures really help to get an overall feel of the bag!)


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: goodnorevil on March 19, 2008 11:38:57 AM
 :o You saw unlocked bikes in Portland? That's pure craziness! One of the least cool things is how prevalent bike thievery is here - pretty much everyone I know has had a bike stolen at some point. It must have just been a nice part of the hollywood district.

sorry for being off topic - I still really love the guitar case! ;)


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: zay73 on March 20, 2008 12:04:37 PM
This was such a great idea.  Very well planned out.  I love it!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: hachillama on March 23, 2008 03:04:40 AM
that's freaking amazing! not only does it look really sleek and stylish and original, it's all super handy and usable...awesome


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: lovingkindness on March 23, 2008 04:23:12 PM
Love the stitching on the interior fabric.


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: CMFoster on March 26, 2008 05:41:24 PM
That is the coolest thing!  Excellent job!!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: halfcrazy on March 27, 2008 04:19:16 PM
*GASP*
That is so cool! It looks like you spent a tonne of time on it... and it shows :) so creative!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: carrieaf on March 28, 2008 04:31:22 PM
Wow .  that is cool .



Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: KMOM13 on April 03, 2008 01:29:23 AM
 ;D This is awesome!  Thanks for sharing it with us!


Title: Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures)
Post by: Verne on April 26, 2008 04:10:21 PM
cool!