We needed a case for the sticks. And I had some red glitter Naugahyde that matched the drums perfectly. (I’m sure everyone has glitter naugahyde in there stash!)
I learned some tricks on sewing Naugahyde. It is thick, and it is sticky! I wrapped it in tissue paper, top and bottom. (And then you have to rip it off when you are done. Not fun, but it does come off cleanly.)
I used a similar thread color, rather than a contrast color. And I did not use a different needle than I do for sewing with fabric. The sewing part was surprisingly easy. It is soft, and the needle goes through like soft butter.
The sewing needs to be really accurate because the seam allowance will highlight any wandering lines. And picking out the stitches is not an activity you would like to engage in. (I am not sure if it would even ‘heal’ from that or if the holes would show up. Or worse, if you picked out stitches, and then sewed it again, would you weaken the fabric by effectively making perforations. (Like old school stamps. Remember those? )
I know that this is a project that everyone needs in their house. The children’s size drumsticks that are rolling around in an unruly fashion on your floor are out of hand. Let me give you the finished measurements so that you don’t have to experiment too much. The case is 4.25 wide. 11 inches of case and a 4.5 inch flap, unfolded.
She likes it. And the sticks usually make it in there.
I made one side have the pinked edge, and left one side straight. It has a top flap that folds down. I’ll see if I need to add a little velcro or some other closure.
Or if the naugahyde will just relax into it. I’ll keep you posted.
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