Learning to sew: The ukelele case

We went to Hawaii, I came home and bought a ukelele. Yes, it’s all a bit predictable isn’t it? But it did not have a case, coming off Ebay for a fiver as it did. So this was the perfect opportunity to put some of my new sewing prowess to the test and to learn some new techniques.


This is not a tutorial, I will quite happily admit that the bulk of the pattern I used was inspired by this lovely tutorial at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night, which is excellent and has some easy to follow instructions.


I changed it a bit – I used a medium wadding instead of duck cloth, had a different zip arrangement, with patches to secure the open ends of the zip, and I also added an additional layer of padding under the lining given that my ukelele case is intended to see a certain amount of outdoor travel.

And of course, it is patchworked. Mmmmm, love my collection of vintage patchwork squares that I inherited from my mother.

That said, it means that this blog post is a gratuitous excuse for me to post endless pictures of my new ukelele case because I am so made up with it. I have tried new things – it was my first delve into quilting, something I would like to take forward. I added an additional layer of plain fabric on the quilted sections to stop the wadding from catching.

I also made my own bias binding (in RAINBOW fabric you’ll note) and had a go at piping, so there are lots of new skills to take forward there. Hopefully you can see that it also has purple and white polka dot fabric as a contrasting lining. I am pretty pleased with the hand sewn lining, it is neater than I would have hoped.

It’s not perfect and I’ve learned a lot that hopefully I can take forward, but practice is perfect right? It’s taken me ages, but rightfully so. I think I’ve gained a bit more confidence in having a go at trickier projects now… Bring on the Halloween costume!

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  1. Aww, thanks Kay! But owning a ukelele is not necessarily the same as being able to play a ukelele. I do know the correct Hawai'ian pronounciation for it now though (and also how to correctly pronounce Hawai'i).

  2. Anonymous says:

    You are so clever! Not only can you play a ukelelelele (sp?), you can also make a fabulous patchwork cover. It's beautiful. I adore patchwork and used to make things with it myself years ago. Nothing as complex as this though. Love it! Kay

  3. Thank you! I'm getting there… next stop will be Halloween and chaise longue cover I think!

  4. Anonymous says:

    For a first attempt at quilting and embellishing with a variety of other skills is amazing. I take my hat off to you. Just goes to show that with a can do/I'll give it a try attitude anything is achievable. The finished product is bright, funky and fully functional. Well done, can't wait to see the next project 🙂

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