A few weeks ago, while thinking of items that I can add to my handmade shop just in time for Christmas, I considered going back to making things that made a lot of people smile (i.e. were bestsellers). Great example: the guitar bag.
While my lovely customers did love them, I wanted to do a different version. A product redesign, if you will. Recalling some feedback from said lovely customers, I thought about adding zipper to the bag.
And here is what I came up with:
And I wrote a tutorial for those who want to give this design a go. Enjoy!
To make a DIY acoustic guitar bag, you will need the following:
outer bag fabric (printed or plain, up to you/ my elephant fabric came from WholePort)
black fabric for the center circular section of the bag
maroon fabric for the scratchplate
black nylon webbing (3/4 inch in width) – you will need a 55-inch piece and a small 3-inch piece
adjuster set for your nylon strap
Trace your pattern onto the outer and lining guitar bag fabrics. Don’t forget allowance for all sides. For piece E you can choose to use the 3-inch nylon strap instead of fabric. Before we start construction, make sure that your interfacing is fused with the outer fabrics.
1. Cut a 5-inch section of the nylon webbing. Insert it into a rectangular ring, as pictured above. Insert the rest of the 55-inch nylon strap through the other side of the same ring. The upper section should be inserted into the adjuster and the other end through the middle of the same adjuster. Sew this end to secure.
2. Cut two fabric pieces of C and D each on the pattern. Sew the matching pieces, right sides together. Make a hole on one side and turn inside out.
3. From the upper center of your front guitar bag fabric, measure two inches down. Place the black circular piece along the 2-inch mark. All the way down, find the 7-inch mark. This is where the bottom part of your scratchplate should be. Follow the arrangement above. Pin the black circle and scratchplate onto the fabric and sew.
Remember, the black circle should be positioned in the middle of the front guitar bag.
4. From the bottom of the circle piece, measure 2 and 1/4 inches. Your rectangular 3-inch nylon strap should go here. Sew into place.
5. Sew a line lengthwise along this nylon section. Use decorative stitch.
6. Draw a pencil mark along the center, from the topmost side of your bag all the way to the nylon section. Draw two more lines to each side. Sew. These will be your strings.
7. Now we’re going to construct the rest of the bag. Take your back lining piece, face down. Layer the zipper (as shown above) on top. Pin one end of your nylon strap an inch from the leftmost edge. Make sure to pin the strap end WITHOUT the rectangular ring. The adjuster should also be facing down, as shown above.
Layer the back outer fabric piece on top, right side down. Sew along the stitchline.
8. Follow the steps above to attach the zipper to the front lining and outer fabrics. As for the other end of the strap, pin to the zipper as shown above.
For a detailed rundown of attaching this type of zipper, check out my tutorial for a corner tab pouch HERE.
9. Open the zipper halfway and layer the pieces like so: lining to lining, right sides together, outer to outer pieces, right sides together.
Sew the seams of your bag, making sure to leave an allowance along the bottom of the lining pieces for turning inside out.
10. Before you turn inside out, snip the curved seams of your bag with pinking shears. Snip off the excess zipper sections, too.
After turning inside out, you get this:
Cute, if I do say so myself. Oh yeah, don’t forget to sew the lining shut.
I have made 4 of these guitar bags and have listed them up for sale over at the wee shop: Thimblecap. They’ll make for great gifts for the musical friend.