How to Make an Acoustic Guitar Case

Person playing a guitar
  • 2-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-50
What You'll Need
Thick and Waterproof Cloth
Tape measure
Needle for sewing
A Zipper

Acoustic guitars are relatively expensive; therefore creating an acoustic guitar case can save you lots of money. Shelling more money out for the case of your guitar is not necessarily a requirement since you can make one on your own. You can choose between soft and hard cases, although most acoustic guitars look better with a soft and smooth case.

Soft cases are easy to make and are quite affordable since they require minimal sewing experience and inexpensive materials. They might not provide the same level of protection against accidents and damages, but they can definitely protect against dust and scratches that can damage your guitar as well. If you like making things on your own and you are budget conscious, you can definitely try making this case.

Step 1 - Measure the Guitar

The first thing you need to do is measure the body and neck of the guitar. Measure the front and back sides but not the back because when you will sew the pieces together you will leave a little slack anyway, to cover both sides of the guitar. While measuring you should add approximately six inches in all directions in order to include the sides of the guitar and the extra slack required for the sewing. Acoustic guitars are larger than other types of guitars; therefore if you use the same guidelines to make the case of an electric guitar you should calculate six to eight inches.

Step 2 - Cut the Pieces

Start cutting out the four pieces of the cloth you have bought for the case according to the measurements you made earlier.

Step 3 - Start Sewing the Pieces

sewing machine sewing grey fabric

Take the main two pieces of the cloth and line them up on top of each other. Start sewing the outer edges of the cloth. You should leave a small gap as you approach the top. Repeat the same step with the remaining two pieces of cloth you have cut. Place your index finger inside the gap you have left in both pieces and pull the cloth inside out in order to stuff the cloth with cotton. Once you do so, sew the holes and close them. Take the two panels, line them up and sew them together. Leave the one side of each panel open and turn the pieces inside out to have the seam on the inside.

Step 4 - Sew the Zipper

Now that you have the panels you should close them off, sewing the zipper to the open side. Sewing the zipper doesn’t require much experience but you should be careful when sewing anyway. Once you are done try to see if the guitar fits the case you have created. It should fit snugly in the new case. Enjoy your new guitar case and make sure you always zip it to keep the guitar safe inside.

Extra Tip

Make sure materials do not have any traces of mildew.