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« on: November 23, 2008 08:21:39 PM »

I am so excited about this project! I've been working on it for a little over a week now, since a few days after I got my new uke (which is just so cute!). I think I've got about enough pictures here for you to see how I did it...
So, first I sketched myself a pattern (sort of...) and sewed the lining together (bad-ass fabric from a Jo-Ann's sale with random fish). Here's what it looked like:

I knew the lining was a bit loose, so I planned to shrink it once the padding was in and went ahead and used the same pattern for the outside. I did stripes of alternating patterns on the front, so here's those sewn together next to part of the pattern:

I then sewed the rest of the outside together and cut out pieces of batting in the appropriate sizes (two layers except right around the zipper). I used the seams from the outer layer to attach the batting by hand:

After this step I did a little dance...

Then it was just a matter of lining up the edges with the zipper, which worked out surprisingly well. I lined them up so the zipper would be visible on the outside but covered on the inside, so it wouldn't scratch the uke. Here it is on the outside:

And on the inside:

Here's the almost finished product with the velcroed pocket which was sewn on pre-padding:

And the other side, with cats and such from another fabric appliquéd on also pre-padding:

A close-up of one of the appliqués:

I also used that fabric to cover a bit of a gap at the top of the zipper:

There's another little one at the bottom, just for consistency's sake.
And so here it is!

A wonderful idea of ScotSkipper402's led me to this braided handle:

Last picture, honest:

I may make more of this type of bag for friends of mine with instruments, so any comments/suggestions would be most welcome.

I've been living with lisaisab during this project, and she's been making a different kind of bag for her mandolin. Watch for it and it's awesomeness!
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2008 08:36:45 PM »

very nice!  Cute, and well constructed.  This should hold up well.  I especially love the interior fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2008 09:06:31 PM »

It's beautiful. Well done.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2008 10:53:31 PM »

Absolutely amazing! I've been carrying my uke around in its cardboard box for years and have been meaning to make a case for it but I'm way too intimidated. Yours looks so good though, I might have to give it a go and hope mine turns out half as well. Maybe once I move on from my "starter uke" I'll have the courage and sewing skills to tackle it better though.
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008 10:44:09 AM »

AMazing!!! What a nice job you did Shocked

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008 04:56:35 PM »

That's a great case - reminds me of when I tried to learn how to play the ukulele for a grad class in Early Childhood Education (yes really!) and found I was "finger challenged" or something.   Anyway if I had a ukulele I would love a bag like that - good job!
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009 09:51:45 AM »

Wow!  That really turned out great.  If you wanted to make it stiffer/more padded, you could use padding like the sort I used in my laptop sleeve ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262400.msg2942967#msg2942967 ).  I might have to try this someday for some of the instruments I do not have a gig bag for.
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2009 09:55:46 AM »

ok..several things..

♥ I love the fact that you even have a ukulele..so jealous..
♥ and your carrier is awesome..
♥ and you have a friend that plays the mandolin..how awesome..

I love your case..the colors are awesome..

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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009 08:49:42 AM »

 awesome! You inspired me to make something like that for my autoharp  Grin (which shouldn't be too hard, it hasn't got any curves or anything)

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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009 10:48:49 AM »

that is so awesome! my husband plays uke and i wish i had that patience to make something like this for him.

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