Our daughter's christmas gift is an acoustic electric bass guitar so she can busk in Christchurch with her friends for some extra holiday cash.
So, we've got two new instruments that are going to be carted around a lot and nobody likes to carry their instrument around in those cardboard boxes they come in! I made a gig bag for my acoustic electric bass a couple of years ago so I thought I'd document the process this time.
I reckon if you are handy with the sewing machine and have the materials at hand, you could do it in a few hours. I did the first one (baritone ukulele) in an evening/morning (as you can see by the light in the pics) but I was making adjustments and taking lots of pics. The second one (acoustic electric bass) was all done in an afternoon. In fact, I think writing up this Instructable took longer!
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Step 1: Find something to make it out of....
Outer fabric - needs to be tough enough to protect and it can't be stretchy. If you are going to be outside a lot, waterproof might also be worth considering
Liner fabric - needs to be soft and it can be stretchy.
Zipper- needs to long enough to let the instrument slip through it when it is open (with a bit of extra room to be safe).
We've renovated the house recently and ended up with a stack of roman blinds for windows that aren't there anymore. They are thick cotton with an insulation filler and what looks like ironing board reflective material. I used these for the liner fabric with the cotton facing the instrument because it was soft and padded. For the outside we had more of the thick cotton glued to the reflective material (they were roller blinds). It was good because it didn't stretch and was tough. THe zipper was from a bag of zippers my mother bought at a thrift store when she was visiting.
For the bass bags, I liberated the zippers from a freebee messenger bags. You know the type that you get free with your "welcome pack" at conferences (and only use it while you are there). I promise there are at least a dozen at every thrift store.