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Make a guitar backpack!
I know, I took a lot of pictures. My dearest sister was kind enough to take some loverly photos of me, modeling my backpack. !

This is a pretty tricky thing to do, but I PROMISE, PROMISE, PROMISE that it will be totally worth it when it's finished! But it is a big big thing, so make sure you have all the tools you'll need. And there is no way you can do this without a sewing machine. Make sure you have thick fabric that will hold its shape. Read the tutorial through before embarking, and leave a comment if you have any questions, or something isn't explained very well. Best of luck!

(A musician friend pointed this out: the guitar goes on your back, and sticking right up from it is the neck, and attached to it is the peg head! Get it? Wow, guitars really are just a ripoff of a woman. Wow.)

Posted by Kiko from Arcadia, Florida, United States • Published See Kiko 's 13 projects »
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  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, get a guitar to make your pattern off of.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place your cut open paper bag over the back of the guitar and press down on the corners of the guitar, leaving a folded outline of the shape.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 3
    Step 3

    This is what it will look like, if you can see it.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut it out.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut two of this shape out of your stiff main fabric.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using your spring foot, quilt it in some way/design. This adds stiffness. You could also try fusible interfacing. I tried that, but as it turns out, my fabric MELTS! Do NOT try to iron it if you have a sort of icky velor upholstery fabric!

    This will be the back side of the guitar.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut out three strips of the fabric, each five inches wide.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 8
    Step 8

    You may have to do six, and sew them together end-to end to get three strips that will go all the way around the shape of your guitar.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 9
    Step 9

    Quilt these three strips together.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sew the strips around the back of the guitar, for the 'depth' of the guitar.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 11
    Step 11

    flip side.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 12
    Step 12

    make another pattern of the top of the guitar. Make it go farther down than mine is here. I had to make yet another one.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now, modify the original pattern you made, cutting out a space in the top that will be the way to get into your backpack.

    This is the front of the backpack.

    Cut two.

  • Step 14

    quilt the front pieces together.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 15
    Step 15

    Take a rectangular piece of fabric at least as wide as the width of your guitar.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 16
    Step 16

    Fold it like so, so that if you reached into the left side of the fabric in the picture, you would have a big, no-sided pocket.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 17
    Step 17

    sew with a straight stitch the dividers for the pockets.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 18
    Step 18

    Place the pocket under the front piece of the backpack.

    Cut it out to fit the shape.

    Pin it to the front pieces (already quilted)

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 19
    Step 19

    Sew the front piece with the pocket underneath it to the rest of the guitar. Unpin the pocket. It should now be sewn in.

    (For me, this was the absolute most frustrating, time-consuming, scream-inducing part of the entire thing. If you breeze through it, I would like to study your brain when you die, and you get a gold star for being the most amazing person in the world. Please write an autobiography so that I can gain insight into your life and be more like you. Please. Share your story.)

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 20
    Step 20

    Here's another view.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 21
    Step 21

    This is cut out of the top of the guitar pattern. You made a copy of the top half before, remember? Now use it. Find the place where the bridge is on the guitar. Make the bottom part as wide as the bridge. Make sure it will cover the giant hole in the top that ensures access to the contents of your backpack. Cut two and quilt together. I actually did this later, but have no idea why I didn't do it now. You will regret doing it later.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 22
    Step 22

    For the bridge, which contains the buttons that close the flap, I used this hideously ugly skirt that already have buttons and button holes big enough for the guitar. I can not for the life of me sew button holes, no matter how hard I try. Any tricks, anyone? Any online tutorials? If you're like me, it may be easier to find pre-existing buttonholes with buttons to match.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 23
    Step 23

    sew a strip (with buttonholes) onto the end of the flap you just made. This is the bridge.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 24
    Step 24

    Cut out the fabric behind the buttonholes in the bridge.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 25
    Step 25

    Sew the flap on. I did this slightly crookedly, but it's functional, if not exactly fashionable. Don't stress on getting it perfect.

    Pin and sew the 'bridge and strings'. I chose a striped fabric so it gave the illusion of strings without actually doing the meticulous work of stitching individual strings.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 26
    Step 26

    sew on the hole of your guitar.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 27
    Step 27

    Sew the buttons on to the front piece of the guitar so they match up with the button holes on the flap.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 28
    Step 28

    See? It works!

  • Step 29

    For the straps, sew one uber-long strip of fabric. I chose one with vertical stripes to create the illusion of strings.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 30
    Step 30

    I'm really proud for coming up with this idea for folding, so no making fun, okay? And if you find a cooler way to do it, then you can just be happy and rub it in my face. That tells you how confident I am in my oh-so-original design.

    Ok, so first fold it like this.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 31
    Step 31

    Then fold the pointy-ish side down.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 32
    Step 32

    pin it.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 33
    Step 33

    pin it to the back layer of the guitar so that the pointy-ish-but-folded-down part of the awesome folded neck thingey.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 34
    Step 34

    sew it.

  • How to make a backpack. Guitar Backpack - Step 35
    Step 35

    sew the end of the straps down by the hips of the guitar.

  • Step 36

    Good job! Please post your version if you make one! Feel free to change things to make it unique and interesting!

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Pixel junkie
Pixel junkie · Oakland, California, US · 66 projects
I love this!
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Kiko
Kiko · Arcadia, Florida, US · 14 projects
Thank you!
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Lucy Star
Lucy Star · Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, NO · 37 projects
I absolutely love this Happy
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Kiko
Kiko · Arcadia, Florida, US · 14 projects
I meant for women, not necessarily by women. I just realized that sounded sort of weird.
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Kiko
Kiko · Arcadia, Florida, US · 14 projects
Yeah, I think it actually was something like that. I was looking at the contest, thinking of how awesome it would be to win an awesome women-built guitar. Then I took out my dad's guitar to try to get inspired. It's the perfect size!

You all should definitely make one! I want to see how other ones would turn out, and what cool variations you make!
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Suzi P.
Suzi P. · 12 projects
this is awesome. i want to make one. how did you ever come up with this...you just saw a guitar and went hey i'll make an awesome backpack that looks like that?
i love it =D
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Grace J.
Grace J.
this is f**king awesome and i'm deffo making one, i can't wait to show my friends this Happy
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she's crafty...
she's crafty... · 17 projects
i love it!
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Kiko
Kiko · Arcadia, Florida, US · 14 projects
Thanks!
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indirectkiss
indirectkiss · Pingzhen District, Taoyuan City, TW · 21 projects
really cute :
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