Guitar Amp Dust Cover Using Old T-shirts

Introduction: Guitar Amp Dust Cover Using Old T-shirts

Me as well as millions of people were confined at home thanks to the pandemic of the Covid-19. Between projects and school work, the search to do something new starts to gain and occupy more and more of the dead times.Why not learn how to use the sewing machine that is stationary in the storage room?

And so is born my first solo sewing job, a dust cover for the amplifier using old T-shirts, but why t-shirts?

First of all we have t-shirts that don't fit us and is good quality material, and according to WWF to produce a cotton t-shirt you may need 2,700 litres of water for a t-shirt.

Supplies

For our project we'll need :

  • All-Purpose thread-(Since it can be used to sew most fabrics and its the most avaible thread.)
  • Used Cotton T-Shirts- (The purpose of this project is only to re-use fabric, for outdoor applications it is advisable to choose resistant and waterproof materials.);
  • Sewing Machine;
  • Fabric Scissors;
  • Straight pins;
  • Needle;
  • Chalk;
  • Tailor Ruler.

Step 1: Measuring and Cut the T-Shirts

To cut the fabric to make sure it looks perfect we use (Figure 2) the measurements of the green lines for the front and back panel, and the red lines for the side panels, for the top panel we use the smaller green and red lines.Once we have recorded the sizes it is advisable to add 2-3 cm to have a certain clearance for sewing.

With the help of chalk and ruler we will trace the threads on the fabric and cut them very carefully to make sure that the threads are perfect, if they get a little off there is no problem as it can be disguised when sewn.

Once all panels have been cut it is advisable to use an iron in order to avoid deep creases.

Step 2: Holding Everything in Place

Now that we have everything cut it is necessary to temporarily clamp the panels to make sure that everything is adjusted correctly (this step can take time) using the pins. Once set, we use a needle and thread (in this case with a colour contrasting with black) to temporarily secure everything in place.

If the fabric folds up too much it may be necessary to iron it before sewing on the sewing machine.

Step 3: Top Handle

For the top handle we cut the fabric and repeat the previous steps.

Step 4: Sewing Time

As I mentioned at the beginning this is my first job using this equipment as such I recommend to see this instructable which helps the beginners a lot.

Sometimes problems arise with the parameters of the sewing machine, so before starting it is recommended to use fabric that will not be used to test and regulate the stitch and speed.

We should not rush this part , guaranteeing a right point allows a final result with more quality.

Step 5: Final Result

Once finished it is advisable to wash the fabric and remove excess yarns and ensure they are safe.

For first time work without supervision I am very happy with the final result, of course there are things that can be improved including adding new features ,maybe in a next instructable . The most important thing is to have fun learning something new

Keep yourself at home safe and keep yourself active learning new skills!

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    2 Comments

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    randofo
    randofo

    1 year ago

    Nice first sewing project. Are you inspired to try to sew anything else?

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    Mr_Oliveira
    Mr_Oliveira

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes ,i am truly inspired to test sew in new materials and even trying some incredible instructables around :)