We’ve decided to add some fun gear, for early nights around the fire. We are taking our instruments with us! My mate is playing the harmonica so he has not many troubles on carrying it along. I play the ukulele so the challenge is quite different.
Step 1: The Ukulele
Step 2: The Backpack
I’ve tried to attach the two straps on my bag but this method keeps the whole case loose, swinging at each step, creating a nasty momentum feeling while walking.
In order to bring it with me on the trails, I’ve decide to attach the ukulele case with minimal interspace between the latter and the side of my backpack.
Step 3: Material Needed
- Heavy duty thread. I’ve used linen thread for the perfect combination of thinness and resistance.
Step 4: Tools Needed
Cut the inner tube at the width of the case.
The inner side of my ukulele case is made with a soft and foamy material to protect the wood of the instrument. As much as I customize the case, I wished to keep that interior in that state, i.e. no dirty seams.
So I did sew in a horizontal way. There’s surely a pretty name for that kind of seam, but I’m a 27y male so I give a darn, I just sew.
Every 3-4 passages, pull horizontally on the thread to tighten the tube on the fabric. Using tube allows to manipulate it without much care.
At the end, tie a knot, it does not have to be pretty, just efficient.
Place the other side leaving enough gap to pass the buckle, and repeat sewing.
Step 11: Case and Bag Attached
Here is how it looks like with the two straps through the tube.
This design allows to open the buckles in order to access the small net containing my rain-proof bag protection.
Step 12: Finished Look
The bag and the case. The case and the bag have the same exact height which creates a feeling of complementary. Note the weight balance with a canteen (canteen shall stay at same weight since my main source of water is a 2L reservoir inside the pack).
Step 13: Additional Info
FIY all photos are taken with a Sony Nex-5 and a Sigma 28mm f/2.8 Mini-Wide Macro.