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My mom has a Djembe and she wanted a way to transport it and keep it safe.  I did some shopping around for a bag, and decided that I could make her one as nice (if not better) than what was commercially available. 

It doesn't matter if you are a Busker, Troubadour, Minstrel, or just want to bang on the drum all day; you will enjoy the easy transportation and comfy place to sit that this bag design offers.

I am by no means a professional seamster, and I am sure there are a few things that I didn't do correctly, or could have been done a better way; but I have used a sewing machine once or twice before, and this is how I did it. 

If you know a method or technique that I should have used feel free to let me know in the comments so I can apply them to my future endeavors.

Some nice added bonuses from making it myself:

- I can make it using a fabric that mom likes (90 percent of the bags i saw for sale were plain black)
- A store bought gift has a hard time stacking up against a present that you took the time and effort to make yourself
- I was able to add features she could use, like the seat cushion

Since we live several hours apart,I did not have the drum available when I was making the bag so all I had to go off of was the basic measurements of the drum that I was given
14" upper diameter
7" lower diameter
11" height lower section of the drum
13" height upper section of the drum

I made and assembled everything with the exception of attaching the backpack straps to the bag until I had a chance to see how the drum fit in the bag and how the bag would ride as a backpack.
It was a good thing that I waited because I ended up having to move the top of the straps up about 3 inches from their originally planned location all the way up to near the drawstring channel. 
Dreamsnake1 month ago

LOVE IT! I'm betting your mum did as well! Thanks so much for this, I need to make a carrybag for my remo djembe and this is absolutely what I wanted!