how to sew a guitar bag

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That’s right, I made my own fender guitar bag. Uzi has not seen it and hopefully, he’ll be delighted when he finally does, wherever he is in Manila.

Darn, I miss him.

Well, I made a tutorial for those crafting-inclined souls out there. HAPPY SEWING!  PLEASE DO NOT SELL ANY GUITAR BAG THAT YOU END UP MAKING. THANKS.

*UPDATE (Suggested by Renee heehee)

MATERIALS NEEDED: half a meter of thick fabric for the body (i used thick pink canvas for mine); fabric for the lining; fabric in contrasting color for the scratchplate; bias tape; silver-y fabric; buttons; silver thread; grosgrain for the strap; adjuster for the strap.

1. Print a guitar image onto an A4 paper. Trace your image; 2 for the body, 2 for lining, 2 for your scratchplate.

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2. Out of silver-y fabric, cut and sew rectangle and tear-shaped pieces. The rectangle would be your whammy bar while the tear-shaped piece would serve as your input jack.

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3. Take your scratchplate pieces, right sides together, and sew all the way around. Leave a 2-inch gap for turning inside out.

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4. After this, clip all the way around so that the curves would be better-defined. Turn inside out and sew on top of the front body of your bag. Use the image you printed for the position of the scratchplate.

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5. Now sew the whammy bar and the input jack. Take three strips of bias tape (or any fabric that matches the color of your scratchplate). Their length should be the same as your whammy bar. These strips would be your single-coil pickups. Position them according to the image and sew. Mark the parts of the scratchplate where the screws are. Embroider these with silver thread. Handsew circles on the strips you just added. Remember,these circles should be aligned.

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6. Mark the volume and tone controls. Sew on buttons for these.

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7. Now position your front and back pieces, right sides together. Sew from the highest points of the curved tops on both sides. Do the same to the lining, leaving a gap at the bottom. (If you want, you can add a pocket or two before doing this.)

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8. Turn the outer body inside out and place it inside the lining. Sew the opening of your bag.

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9. Pull out your outer body through the gap at the bottom of the lining.

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10. Your bag is starting to take shape. Topstitch the top part.

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11. Attach one end of the strap with the rectangular ring for the adjuster. Sew the other end. Do not forget to sew the gap in your lining shut.

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12. And you’re done!

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HAPPY SEWING!

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102 thoughts on “how to sew a guitar bag”

  1. da bag is very nice….im veeery much into music and would love to make one of those jux to brag infront of my friends…..heheh:P
    and as pink is my fav color ill make a copy of dat …..thx for the nice bag..hoping to seee more of those kinda stuff to make in my spare time….

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  3. Hey! This is the COOLEST bag ever! Thank you so much for sharing how to make it! I am definetly making one or two for gifts!! Thanks again!!
    Jade

  4. love the bag!!! have made one for my man of course he loved it!!! gonna alter the idea a little for another one cause he has a one of a kind Nady wirless electric..in fire red so i want to replcate it on a bag…how fun thank you

    1. Excellent tutorial, but what is the bias tape for? And is grosgain like webbing?

      The bias tape is for the single-coil pickups. Please see step5.
      And yes, webbing for the strap will be used.

  5. Thanks so much for putting this online…..my step granddaughter who is going to be 7 is a freak for anything pink and is also a rock star….she is absolutely going to flip out over this guitar purse!!!!

    1. Thanks so much for putting this online…..my step granddaughter who is going to be 7 is a freak for anything pink and is also a rock star….she is absolutely going to flip out over this guitar purse!!!!

      Hope she likes what you create! You’re a rocking grandma yourself :)

  6. Hi!
    I really like that bag. I wondered, where did you found that guitar imagine? i mean that body,lining and scratchplate. Can you say some link where to find those? thank you very much.

  7. me enamore apenas lo vi!!!
    necesito hacerme una de estas
    gracias por publicar cosas tan entretenidas y novedosas
    felicitaciones!

  8. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. My son makes and repairs guitars and I know his wife will really like this one.

  9. Hey!
    That’s a wonderfull tutorial! Now I know a the perfect present for my best friend. But I’ve a question: How do you close the bag? Zipper or some Kamps snaps?

    1. But I’ve a question: How do you close the bag? Zipper or some Kamps snaps?

      Hullo! There is a magnetic snap by the opening.

  10. Hello, I am sorry, my english is not very good because I am French.
    I found this bag wonderfull !
    But I found this too :
    http://fr.dawanda.com/product/12468154-Sac-Bandouiliere-Guitare-electrique
    and I don’t like this … This girl sell a bag you’re invented and it’s not well.
    So I decide to tell you … I hope you try to stop the sell and say her lots of things (need words in french ? I have plenty !).
    Your bag is beautifulier than her bag.
    Bravo !

  11. What a great project, but I can’t see the pictures that go with each line of instructions. For example, #’s 2 thru 6, 8 & 9 just show photo info (10.jpg picture by miwiyam). Not sure why, but I just can’t get them to pop up.

  12. love the bag!!! have made one for my man of course he loved it!!! gonna alter the idea …

    That’s great! Boys, in general, love the guitar bag. My boyfriend has three, in fact. :D

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