Friday, March 15, 2013

Belated birthday handmade







{ to be warn: Lots photos for the same project.. if you get tired.... scroll down quick}











{ Hope you have enjoy your trip down here}.

As you know that this is my last spring break as a student, but you probably don't know it will not be my last {fulfill promises break}.  Another S' birthday gift was a Ukelele that she has been hoping to have one to play with!  When the Ukelele order arrived, I waited till mid-night to open and check on the condition of the instrument. Then I realized it came with a  plastic bag to carry the ukelele. I knew I need to make her a zippered bag instead, but that did not happen till two nights ago.

S has been very kindly waited for me to sit down and design the template. We looked through my fabric stashes over the last weekending, but there are no prints that she likes!  I tried to convince her and set out prints together, so she can have some ideas, but then she rejected them all! Later, she told me, " Can you surprise me, mama?"  I can't tell you how I felt the moment she told me. It was a feeling that must. go. to fabric store right away and just find the right fabrics.

I spend long hours in the fabric store and tried to find the {right} fabric on Tuesday! Nothing floral, not too girly, not too boyish, not too pink, not too much colors, not too much shapes on the print...When I saw this blue and yellow polka dot with pup and kitty in them. I knew it would be a perfect print for S. Then since the blue and yellow might be considered a little boyish I went ahead and look for a softer print for the lining. The random polka dot print was a perfect match for it.

I came home with a stash of fabric and explained to S what I plan to do! The machine quilting took the action right away. As the process went, S asked if I could add  a pocket in the front for her. Of course! I replied to her that I can custom made any changes. She also asked for messenger strap for the bag. She waited till her bed time and wished to try her new bag on, but I had a zipper sewing mistake, so didn't make it before her bed time!

The binding is used bias tape binding, which allows to stretch a little more around the curves. After attached the bias binding, I went with hand-stitch to finish the binding, so it makes the bag a cleaner look.  Insert zipper was the most fun part on this project. I never sewn a zipper so thick and wide before and it really make the bag super sturdy look.   S picked out the handle print- Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt and it is just the right green to highlight the blue and yellow.

For the messenger strap, I went with clasp, so S can remove them if she is not wearing the bag on her. I am really proud to have this bag done during the spring break! S came home and was so happy to put it on and ready for her next lesson to come! Although it is a super belated birthday gift, but she was just happy to have a promise and strong bag to protect her instrument. 

I am making another one for my niece who has a Ukelele as well! It might be a perfect birthday gift as she will be turning 9 in July.   Now, I am onto finding the right fabric for her..
 

Note: I would like to let you know that I won't be able to host the incoming {weekending} link up party.

Link up: {crazymomquilts: Finish it up Friday post}

xxc





29 comments:

  1. Chase - that is fantastic! I really love that ukelele case. Perfect!

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  2. All I can say is ... WOW! That is just perfection.

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  3. Wow, what a great job you did! Lucky girl S.

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  4. What a great job you did! Lucky girl! Have a great weekend:-) Anne :-)

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    1. Thank you!! I am glad she love it!! :) happy weekending~xc

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  5. Wow, you never cease to amaze me with all your fantastic ideas!!! This ukulele cover is gorgeous!!! Did you make the pattern by tracing the ukulele? I'd love to make one like this for my daughter.

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  6. Fantastic fabric choice and amazing Mom!!!
    What a exciting gift for your daughter!
    You are such a creative women!

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  7. What a lovely gift for S, such a beautiful finish on it too with the plaid binding.

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  8. OMG..! what a lovely present, Happy (belate) Birthday, Stella - your mom is amazing!! I'm sure you will do a lot of crafting together with her too during summer break pretty soon. *oh hey, you have a good reason to go to Fabric's Store .. see you there LOL - gosh, I always try make my own reason to go..

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    1. Hah.. That's why I feel good to go in the fabric store and not feeling guilty! "high five" to you~ xc

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  9. Wonderful! That has to be the most amazing handmade birthday gift, Chase. I love hearing the process you went through in choosing the "right" fabric for your dear girl. Stella looks like she's over the moon happy with her beautiful gift and that always warms a mama's heart. So sweet.

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  10. That is a fantastic carrying case! Very cute and well done.

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  11. This is one of the most beautiful and cute crafted piece of art that I ever seen. Wonderful and lovely!

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  12. Fantastic!!!
    Well done, cause this isn´t easy!!!

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  13. Chase, this is absolutely incredible! What a beautiful, thoughtful gift!!

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  14. Please Chase, make this a pattern. I would buy it! My daughter needs one of these for her Uke! Please, pleeease, pretty please! ;-)

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    1. Hi Theresa,

      Thank you for the great encouragement! It will be a little while before I can commit to do the pattern writing. I have few obligation before May arrives. I will let you know once I've work on the patterns. Thank you very much, Chase x

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  15. That is so, so pretty! Lucky girl!!
    Any girl would be happy to get one of those for her birthday, I'm sure. :)

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  16. Wow! I would never attempt that. You did a great job.

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  17. All I have to say is BEAUTIFUL! This could not have been just a walk in the park, and S sure looks like she appreciates it so much! What a lucky gal to have such a thoughtful and loving Mama! Could I please ask what the polka dot lining fabric is? I just love that and it would be just a perfect backing fabric for the quilt I am currently working on. Thanks for all the lovely eye candies!

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    1. Hi Terri,

      The polka dot lining fabric is bough from Joann's fabric store. There's not information on it. I will check into the store next time and see if I can find the bar code for you. Thank you, Chase x

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    2. Thank you so much for letting me know that! I will look at my local Joann's too. Thanks alot, I love what you do and your style :)

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  18. this is a beautiful Ukelele bag. YOu did a perfect job of it.

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  19. Oh. My. Word. This is AWESOME! My kids have kid-sized guitars that don't have anywhere to store. I am SO making cases for them. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  20. What an awesome bag for a uke. I have been wanting to buy a uke for my daughter, but fretted over the case options - they all seemed too serious for such a fun instrument. I am inspired and will definitely follow your blog to see what other great ideas. By the way, first time visiting and I love what I see (from Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts).

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