how to make a piano shoulder bag

The piano tote is one of my bestsellers. It may sound completely irrational but I’m thinking of letting this particular bag design retire. So to celebrate, I made a piano bag tutorial.

Happy sewing!

YOU WILL NEED:

1. Black fabric (one measuring 12″ x 14″ and another that measures 8″ x 14″ For the sides, two that measures 14″ x 2″ and one measuring 12″ x 2″ for the bottom)

2. For the lining, cut two pieces measuring 12″ x 14″. For the sides, two that measures 14″ x 2″ and one measuring 12″ x 2″ for the bottom.

3. Black webbing for the straps (21″)

4. White fabric (measuring 4″ x 14″) for the white keys.

NOTE: Don’t forget 1/2-inch allowances for all sides of all pieces. 

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5. Ten rectangular pieces (.75″ x 2.5″) for the black keys.

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6. Magnetic snap set.

TUTORIAL:

1. Sew your white keys using black thread. Trace the white piece with black pen and sew over these markings. Do not worry because the pen marks will no longer be obvious after sewing.

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2. Take your black keys and fold three sides. Then place them over the white keys. The narrow folded side should be positioned 2.5″ from one side of the white keys. The order is 2 black keys, one gap, 3 black keys, another gap, 2 black keys, a gap, and the last 3 black keys.

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3. Sew the black keys onto the white keys. I find this to be the most tedious part. After this, you will be able to finish the whole bag in about half an hour.

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4. Take your black 14″ x 8″ piece and place it on top of the white keys, right sides together. You will join the keys to the rest of the piano bag at this point.

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5. Now the front part of the bag will already be complete. Attach the sides and  bottom to this piece to finish the outer part of your bag. Turn it inside out.

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6. Take your straps and position them on the top part of the bag.

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7. Attach magnetic snaps to your  lining. You may place a pocket as well.

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8. Assemble the lining, leaving a gap at the bottom. Insert the outer part and sew around the top, right sides together.

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9. Pull the outer part through the gap of your lining.

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10. Stitch the top part of your bag to make your bag look nice and flat. Sew the gap of the lining. And you’re done!

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Congratulations, you just made a piano bag!

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For store-related news, I will be making piano slings and piano pouches.

78 thoughts on “how to make a piano shoulder bag”

    1. wow..this is awesome..might try this the best i can..thanks for the tutorial! instructions are well given..too bad i can’t do sewing for now.. =(

      When your baby arrives, you’ll have all the time in the world to sew. Or you can handsew in bed. ;-)

  1. Wow, the bag is such an innovative masterpiece! I love it. Thanks for the detailed instruction and pictures. So kind of you to share it with us, your readers. I’m gonna make one for my daughter. I’ll surround her with anything that’ll remind her to learn musical instruments. I wish it’ll inspire her to learn the piano soon.

    1. I love the way you show pics with all ur tutorials…and thank you so much for sharing ur wonderful tutorials =]

      You’re welcome. Happy sewing! :)

    1. I can see why it is a best seller–so cute!
      P.S. Yep, I usually pick the giveaway items. :)

      Love the item you picked! Hope I win but I’m not very lucky when it comes to giveaways. Haha

  2. Wow, so you will be making piano slings? Would like to order one. I will pm you in your multiply site. By the way, great tutorial. I wish I had a sewing machine… :)

    1. Wow, so you will be making piano slings? Would like to order one. I will pm you in your multiply site. By the way, great tutorial. I wish I had a sewing machine… :)

      Got your email. Will work on a shop update right away. Will email you back as soon as I have the items. :)

    1. Hey!
      This is cool, I like your ideas! And the cool part with this one is you can attach the piano part to any bag if you wish!

      You’re absolutely right! I plan to attach them to messenger bag flaps. :D

  3. I love it….Looks easy to create! I know a few ‘musical’ friends who are going to be gifted this bag for just because from me!! Thank you for sharing!
    Jane

    1. I love it….Looks easy to create! I know a few ‘musical’ friends who are going to be gifted this bag for just because from me!! Thank you for sharing!
      Jane

      Just because gifts are awesome! :D Happy sewing! :)

  4. How many and how wide do you sew the white keys? I want to make this bag for my mother-in-law and use 1/2″ black ribbon for the black keys.

    1. How many and how wide do you sew the white keys? I want to make this bag for my mother-in-law and use 1/2″ black ribbon for the black keys.

      Hi!
      The white keys are an inch wide each. There will be 14 of them.
      My black keys measured .75 inch each.

      Hope this was helpful. :)

  5. hi,

    Just discovered this awesome website! I love the piano bag and I want to make them myself or at least try :D this can be a wonderful gift to someone (or a couple) I know. Thanks!

    1. hi,

      Just discovered this awesome website! I love the piano bag and I want to make them myself or at least try :D this can be a wonderful gift to someone (or a couple) I know. Thanks!

      You’re welcome and happy sewing. :)

  6. I really like this bag but I may have to alter it a bit. My daughter plays the saxophone and needs a bag to carry her music. This is perfect. So instead, I think I’ll take the black strips and make musical notes to put on the white background. Thanks so much for the idea!

  7. Hi. That looks fantastic. I love it and will try and make it for my son for Christmas. He has just done his second piano exam and loves it so much. I wake up in the morning and he’s playing away at the piano in the lounge room – just for love, not for practicing. Great tutorial.

    1. This is brilliant! I now have a great project for a Christmas present for the musician in my life! Thanks so much, she’s going to love it when she opens this up.

      I’m sure she’ll love it! Happy sewing. :)

    1. WONDERFUL! I am thinking of using either (or both) Ultrasuede or denim!

      Suede will be awesome! I know I would not be able to stop touching it. Haha

  8. I just saw this link on tipnut.com, and am so very glad! My Mom is 82 and still plays the piano all the time. This is her mother’s day present. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. I just saw this link on tipnut.com, and am so very glad! My Mom is 82 and still plays the piano all the time. This is her mother’s day present. Thanks for sharing it.

      Hope your mom loves it. And wow, it must be really cool to listen to her play even at that age.
      Email me a photo of the finished bag, if you don’t mind. :)

  9. Sorry for my english (I’m french) but this bag is perfect and sublime. I learned Piano and this bag is very beautiful. I like and love it :) Thank you for this example of made-hand bag :) One day, I’ll learn to sew in order to make my own bag :) Thank you

    1. Sorry for my english (I’m french) but this bag is perfect and sublime. I learned Piano and this bag is very beautiful. I like and love it :) Thank you for this example of made-hand bag :) One day, I’ll learn to sew in order to make my own bag :) Thank you

      Aww that’s a wonderful thing to say. Please send me a photo of your bag when you finally make one! :)

  10. I googled “piano bag tutorial” and came across your site- thanks for the great tutorial! :) I was about to ask the dimensions of the white keys, but it’s already been answered. So, now I’m ready to get started on a bag for my 8 year old daughter who just began taking piano lessons. It will be great to carry all of her books and sheet music to lessons. I think I’ll embroider her initial on the front and do a hot pink lining, for fun.
    When I finish the bag, I’ll be sure to link back to your tutorial. :)

    1. So, now I’m ready to get started on a bag for my 8 year old daughter who just began taking piano lessons. It will be great to carry all of her books and sheet music to lessons. I think I’ll embroider her initial on the front and do a hot pink lining, for fun.
      When I finish the bag, I’ll be sure to link back to your tutorial. :)

      Glad to be of help! Hope the little lady will love her bag :)

  11. Hi, Great bag. I’ve just started making one. Can you please tell me if your cut size instruction are the finished size? After cutting a few pieces of the black key, they seem much too small after folding three sides. Thanks!

  12. Would you please explain the black piano key dimensions and the markings. I see that you have answered someone else and said they are 3/4″ is this after folding the 3 sides?

  13. I wish to thank you for your tutorial, very clear. Your piano bag is so cute I decided to sew one (the first bag in my life !).
    I have no specific blog link to show, as I am a very beginner, but I can mail you pictures with great pleasure. Just let me know !

  14. EEEEK! OMG! It’s the Nodame piano bag! I’m so happy I found your tutorial! I’m planning to make one this Christmas break since I can’t afford to buy the authentic one (costs about US $96!!!!)…..

  15. I love this bag! My DD is starting piano lessons and I would love to make this bag for her! When you traced the white keys, how far apart are they?

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  17. How nice this bag.
    I made several things ábout music because my children en my friend are musicans.
    SOmetimes I sell things as well. I made two guitar tables from mosaic and a mosaic painting from the beatles but also a light from beatles fabric and an old cupboard with drawers like a piano.
    Also old ligths a re decorated with music notes to a new light.

    1. I made two guitar tables from mosaic and a mosaic painting from the beatles but also a light from beatles fabric and an old cupboard with drawers like a piano.
      Also old ligths a re decorated with music notes to a new light.

      That sounds interestingly creative! :)

  18. I am trying to make the piano bag. I am confused on step #8, you say “Insert the outer part and sew together”. Where do I “sew together”, around the top. Because #10 says “Stitch the top part of your bag. Please help me. Thank you.

    1. I am trying to make the piano bag. I am confused on step #8, you say “Insert the outer part …

      Hi! For step8, you sew around the top and after you turn the bag inside out, you top stitch around the top again so that your bag looks nice and flat :)

  19. How would you sew the bottom of the bag? I’ve been trying to do it, but I can’t figure it out. And if you can’t explain too me how, can you please lead me to a link in your website or any other website? Thank you.

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  21. Love this bag. My granddaughter and I s t arted taking pi s no a co u ple months ago and need a bag for our sheet music. AwESoMe !!!!

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