It would take quite a bit of material for the case and the lining. I would need a long zipper and binding for the edges. If I ran out and bought all the materials, it might make more sense monetarily to just go buy a mandolin case. I poured through my stashed fabrics. I had several yards of soft small wale brown cotton corduroy I'd found in the free box at The Legacy, the senior center support store that receives all things arts and crafty that need a new home. The fabric was deemed unsalable due to a streak of fading on it. I found a piece of padded cotton bathrobe the kind of cloth I save to stuff potholders and a piece of padded corduroy I had thought to make into a cat bed. Why I would make a cat bed, I don't know, given that the cats would perhaps rather sleep anywhere but in a cat bed, except on occasion.
In fact, the reason I am still up and puttering around tonight is because I am waiting for a cat to come home and find a bed of her choosing
The tear drop shaped body of the instrument is like cake with a smaller second layer on top so I knew the sides of the case would have to be accommodating. I wound up making the sides too big and had to cut them down as I assembled. The first piece of the side that I made was the part with the flashy zipper.
Inside the case is another little flash of cheerful color. It might have been nice to have enough of the quilted brown, but then again, this case is one of kind.
I basted around the curves with pins and then stitched leaving the seams on the outside of the bag.
The inside is the finished side of the seam.
Not having to go out and buy expensive fabric helped me to cut and improvise without worrying my prototype would be a costly experiment. I have never made a "gig bag" before.
I was getting a good guitar concert during this pinning session.
Dusty rose binding out of my stash finished off the top seam and the bottom seam is enclosed in a binding made of the thinner selvedge edge of the corduroy, enough for one side of the case. Now all I have to do is put the straps on.
When you have stashed fabrics and ribbons and long turquoise zippers and have moved them down to Carmel and then back up the coast, it is a pretty good feeling to use up some of those items.
Down at The Legacy I bought the one color strap they had for 60 cents a yard. I wasn't sure how that would look and worried the bag was getting too crazy. Mr. Mandolin had to go to the hardware store and there I saw and splurged on black strap and paid 70 cents a foot, $2.10 per yard.
Now I am not sure which one I like the best.
Well, I have burgundy strap and black. Which color would you choose?
Which ever one I don't use is going into my stash...never know what I might make next.
Ah, that cat in question just came to the door. I better put this cozy little bag away or some kitty might think it's just right for a good night's sleep....no, it's not a cat bed!