Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

How to Make a Drumstick Case

Written by Jill D’Amico
Active Image   If you’re in any way like me, you know a musician, or are one. And if you’re biased like me, you consider drummers especially awesome. Buying gifts for musicians can be tough though, so this came to me one day before a major gift-giving holiday as a DIY solution for the drummer on my list. Inspired pretty heavily by the roll-up canvases that artists use to transport their brushes, this case can be molded to your heart’s content.

Photos by Jill D'Amico

If you’re in any way like me, you know a musician, or are one. And if you’re biased like me, you consider drummers especially awesome. Buying gifts for musicians can be tough though, so this came to me one day before a major gift-giving holiday as a DIY solution for the drummer on my list. Inspired pretty heavily by the roll-up canvases that artists use to transport their brushes, this case can be molded to your heart’s content.

Supplies:
•Sewing machine
•Scissors/rotary cutter and mat
•Ruler
•Straight pins
•Iron & something to iron on
•Tailor chalk/pen

Fabric:
Be creative, purposeful, and resourceful with your choices. You want something that you like to look at but can take some wear and tear from splintered sticks and getting thrown around with the rest of the equipment—you know, the rigors of rock star life. I used a stretch denim for the outside and pocket. The inside is stretchy jersey cotton with stars on it. For a tie, I used something I pulled out of an old shirt. In the directions, I refer to the fabric as having a wrong side and a right side. This just means that the right side is the side you will see in the finished product: the top, the colorful side, etc. The wrong side is, yes, the other side.

Fabric measurements:
I cut out a pattern for these. You can do the same using a paper grocery bag or Kraft paper (special paper made from wood pulp).

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•Two pieces 14” x 21 1/2”
•One piece 14” x 9”
•For the tie, you need two pieces, both about 12” long.

Directions:
1. Take the smaller 14” x 9” piece of fabric and carefully fold it back about ½” on the long side. Pin it back and iron along the fold. This will be the top of the drumstick pocket.

2. On that same panel, measure out and divide the length of the fabric into 8 parts, marking each part down the length of the fabric. There will be a mark about every 1.2” or so. These will make 10 drumstick pockets and should fit a variety of sticks. I used tailor’s chalk to draw the lines I would sew on, but you can also use a disappearing ink pen or a regular pen. You will sew over this line so if you draw it faintly enough you won’t see it through the thread.

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3. Sew about ¼” down the width of the side you first folded and ironed, with the fabric facing right side up.

4. Place the pocket on the lower half of your inside fabric (in this case, the star fabric), so the bottoms are lined up. The right sides of both panels should be facing you, so they look the way they will look when the case is done. Pin around the edges.

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5. Sew, through both pieces of fabric, down the 8 lines you drew on the pocket piece. Start right at the threadline that you first sewed across the top of the pocket piece, and if you’re using a machine, it might be a good idea to go over the lines twice for reinforcement. Remove the pins and trim the hanging threads.

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6. Take your outer fabric and place it, right side facing you, on a flat surface. Take your strings/ties and place them so the two edges are hanging out 1” or so beyond the right side of the outer fabric. Let the rest just sit in the middle of the fabric. Take the piece you just worked on—the pockets sewed to the inside fabric—and place it, wrong side facing you, on top of the outer fabric, sandwiching the bulk of the tie in the middle of the two panels.

7. Pin around the edges, leaving about a 3” gap on the top edge of the fabric sandwich (not toward the bottom where the stick pocket is sewn onto the inside fabric). This is so you can turn the piece inside out, leaving the seams inside and neat looking.

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8. Leaving a 1/2” seam allowance, sew around the edges of the entire thing, except for the 3” gap you left. When you’re done, take your scissors and trim the outer seams to about 1/4”. Cut the corners on the diagonal to reduce bulk.

 
9. Stick your hand in the 3” gap and start to pull the bottom of the bag right side out . Be gentle but don’t fret if a stitch or two snaps. Make sure it is completely turned out with the right sides—including the tie, which should be secured to the left-hand side of the case if you’re looking at the pocket side—now on the outside. Press the whole thing with an iron.
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 10. The gap you left should stick out, as it is a little longer from not being sewn yet. Fold the edges inside the gap and pin the gap closed. Press with an iron to hold. Sew around the edge of the entire thing, making sure to get that gap you left. Stay about 1/8”-1/4” from the edge.

11. You’re done! The case was designed to fold over your sticks and roll up from right to left. Wrap the tie around. You rock.
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