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sukie
09-21-2014, 12:26 PM
Somewhere (prob. here on UU) I ran across directions for making a quilted ukulele case. My young student has a birthday coming up and I made her a case and a bag for her ukulele stuff.. It was a bit challenging, but a lot of fun to make it. So fun I will be making at least 2 more.
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Stagehand
09-21-2014, 12:29 PM
Nice work. She is a lucky student!

Rllink
09-21-2014, 01:18 PM
That is great. I like it. I'm all about making stuff instead of buying it. You did a good job. I think your student will be thrilled.

kwall
09-21-2014, 01:54 PM
That looks fantastic do you have the directions still? cause I would love to quilt my own case

Doug W
09-21-2014, 02:10 PM
Nicely done Sukie. It looks like a budding business idea.

sukie
09-21-2014, 02:48 PM
Here is the link.....maybe.
http://www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com/2014/02/quilted-ukulele-case-tutorial.html

Doug, thanks. But the Instructions say not to use and sell. I can respect that. Besides, it's way too labour-intensive for me. :-)

kwall
09-21-2014, 03:20 PM
Here is the link.....maybe.
http://www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com/2014/02/quilted-ukulele-case-tutorial.html

Doug, thanks. But the Instructions say not to use and sell. I can respect that. Besides, it's way too labour-intensive for me. :-)

Thank you :)

Uncle Leroy
09-21-2014, 11:00 PM
Very nice indeed!

mm stan
09-21-2014, 11:57 PM
Awesome Sukie...I wonder how many orders you will get.....:)

KaijuEmily
09-22-2014, 05:16 AM
Did you put any structure for support inside or is it more like a gig bag? I wonder how hard it would be to make it more rigid like a hard case....

sukie
09-22-2014, 07:14 AM
Did you put any structure for support inside or is it more like a gig bag? I wonder how hard it would be to make it more rigid like a hard case....

The only support is the batting between the layers. For a little Makala Dolphin it's just fine. It's just a gig bag.

You might like this one better, then. I haven't tried it, so I can't say how hard it is or anything.

http://www.instructables.com/id/a-cardboard-ukulele-case/

Edited: the cardboard case looks quite fun. I think I will try one. Looks putzy, though.

Ukejenny
09-22-2014, 09:55 AM
Very nicely done and I love that material!

dhunter
09-22-2014, 12:12 PM
Did you put any structure for support inside or is it more like a gig bag? I wonder how hard it would be to make it more rigid like a hard case....

Maybe adding a heavyweight sail cloth into the lining might make a more 'hardish" styled case.

sukie
09-22-2014, 12:44 PM
Maybe adding a heavyweight sail cloth into the lining might make a more 'hardish" styled case.

I did use a heavy outdoor material for the outside. I also used muslin for a lining for the outer case. And also the is the red interior lining.. I think it would get pretty thick if too much heavy fabric was used.

Doc_J
09-22-2014, 02:02 PM
This thread brought a Ralph Shaw video to mind. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msxeu4hkDlE&sns=em

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msxeu4hkDlE&sns=em

Nickie
09-22-2014, 04:02 PM
Very pretty Sukie, you are multitalented!
I tried the custom ukulele gig bag biz....way too labor intensive, couldn't get our time paid back outta them.
I recommend anyone who wants one, just make it yourslef.

SailQwest
09-23-2014, 12:08 PM
Beautiful, Sukie!

dhunter
10-07-2014, 08:06 AM
Good points about the sail cloth heing too much. I really like the colorful pieces you chose. They are so much better than the dull nylon black gig bags in the shops. I wanted something more colorful and had my cardboard pieces poised and ready until I found your thread here. Your project really inspired me to get sewing! What a lucky student you have ♥

IamNoMan
10-07-2014, 02:20 PM
What a marvelous teacher you are and such a beautiful hand crafted gift. My hat is off to you. I am especially happy to see you respected the pattern makers intellectual property rights. Being a Crafter is a hard row to hoe. My wife is a fiber-arts Crafter. That makes me a S.C.U.M. -Spouse of Crafter Union Member.

And thanks to you Doc_J for posting the Ralph Shaw video. I've been wondering how to sheath my Vintage Melody Jr Banjolele.

Those who a concerned with extra stiffness might try using a layer of matte-ing board. Its thin, light weight, stiff, and cheap. Available at Arts/Craft Supply Stores and Framers' Shops.

Purdy Bear
07-26-2015, 07:38 AM
Bumping this very old thread.

I'm a newbie, and have made lots of bags (Totes, Satchels, Messenger with internal and external pockets) out of canvas, thick cottons, denims etc., and I've even tried my hand at soft toys. Well I was looking through the shed thread and saw the beautiful Ukulele's being made there and wondered what I could do. I did a search and came across this wonderful thread. Thanks for the tutorials. I am definitely going to try my hand at making the covers.

The Ukulele I have did come with a carry bag, but annoyingly it has no pockets for the little things one needs to carry, such as pickers, tuners etc. I am thinking along the line of patchwork quilting, or at least using the wadding to do a thick outer layer, with an outer pocket. Zips can also be a bind to put in, thus I'm thinking press studs or a velcro opening. I could make the handle as long as I wanted, or adjustable length which is relatively easy with all the bits coming from my craft cupboard (easy enough to pick up on Ebay UK). Wish me luck I'll see how it comes up.

PS How I usually make things, is to make a paper mock up with a bit of cellotape, and then use that as a pattern for the fabric using an extra cm or so for a seam allowance.

Nickie
07-26-2015, 05:11 PM
Very cute Sukie!

Purdy Bear
07-26-2015, 10:05 PM
Thanks for that suggestion. I wonder if using a stiffener on the fabric, or using one of those thick facings would also work well. I have seen the tapestry plastic mesh that's great for stiffening things up a bit. I've got to go to Hobby Craft in the next few weeks so I'll take a look at the signboard then. Oh and I know you can get spray glue that will work with fabric etc.

upskydowncloud
07-27-2015, 02:37 AM
This is really good and a great gift, I don't think you need to change a thing!

TheCraftedCow
07-28-2015, 09:44 AM
How many know about 1/8th inch thick plywood commonly called door skin, because it is what is the inside and outside of a door ? .. When the back layer is sanded off, it bends really, really easily. When you have the template of the bottom (with additional allowance for padding and lining) you also have the pattern for the top. The relieved plywood will bend around it easier than you can imagine. The ends of the plywood just butt against each other.at the big end. The top is also glued to the side.. They get separated later . A second layer of the bending wood is glued to the first piece on the outside. The second joint should NOT be over the first one. On the back of the neck on a straight flat surface would make a strong joint....But don't put it where you want a hinge to be located. There's more, but you get the general idea. Door panel cardboard works well also. It doesn't need to be thinned and it is strong enough as a single layer. I have some really weird shaped instruments, and making my own case was the only option. If anyone wants the rest of the details let me know.

uke-garou
07-28-2015, 03:45 PM
Thanks for the link.