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Simha
10-14-2012, 08:11 AM
a few weeks ago, i sold my 1st uke to buy a new one, with much much better quality and a price tag to match (at least, by my standards). the old one had a gig bag that came with it. the new one does not.

I really need to make one asap, since, i've been using the packing box which my ukulele came with, and it's not really meant to be used as a bag. i don't intend to order online, since shipping costs to where i am would cost more than the product itself.

I've been looking for tutorials on how to make soft padded bags for soprano ukuleles, but I can't find any step-by-step tutorials, or even basic measuring, materials to use, tips, etc, which is RIDONKULOUS, because this is the Internet. I already know the differences of hard cases, soft padded ones, and gig bags, but I haven't found a single tutorial on making my own.

Have you guys seen any tutorials around, or have the time to share experience if you've ever made a bag for yours?

[pardon me if this is the wrong place to post this. i haven't posted in a forum for a long time and i'm fairly new here.]

missameeames
10-14-2012, 08:26 AM
Here's an instructable for one:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Gig-bag-for-a-Guitar-Bass-Ukulele-Banjo/

An instructable for purchase from etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53618906/gig-bag-sewing-instructions-custom

And if you know how to knit:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss11/PATThanahou.php

Hopefully others will chime in with more ideas for you. Good luck!

Lori
10-14-2012, 09:11 AM
Some people take the ukulele box and line it with padding and fabric lining. The exterior can be covered too. There are some UU forum threads involving lots of duct tape, which can help you make a hinge. It might give you more protection than an all fabric padded bag.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?61474-Show-me-your-homemade-cases&highlight=duct+tape
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?40093-cheap-case-duct-tape-the-shipping-case/page3&highlight=duct+tape

Then there is Ralph Shaw, and his musical instructions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj4N0I7kby4

–Lori

PhilUSAFRet
10-14-2012, 09:45 AM
Know anyone who quilts? Can make a rectangular "bag" with extra padding with a flap to close. Use velcro to attach flap to "bag"

Doesn't have to be form fitting if it's just a cushioned bag of appropriate width and length.

Roselynne
10-15-2012, 08:47 PM
I remember kids carrying ukuleles back and forth to school in those cardboard uke boxes. Sometimes they used tape for hinges. Of course, those boxes were made from thicker cardboard back in the day -- we're talking mid-to-late 60mumbles -- so Lori's suggestion to pad the box is excellent.

They also used small gym bags and airline bags (Pan Am bags were popular). A large, ready-made bag or purse is another possibility. One may be lurking in your closet, or in a thrift store.

If you want to go more DIY but do not quilt, fabric stores sell quilted fabrics.

Simha
10-16-2012, 04:19 AM
Right now, I'm using the squishy cardboard box it came with, which i'm assuming is quite what Ms. Roselynne's talking about.

I think I'll go for the quilt idea. I'll try to find some way to get the cover a bit tougher, though.

Thank you for the ideas guys! All of you have been so helpful! :D