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Tune-bot

For the player of stringed instruments who likes to keep his/her accessories (picks, tuner, capo, slide) contained.

Joking around with friends one night after playing music, we made up an imaginary character (a robot) that would climb out of the guitar neck, come and adjust the tuning keys for you and then promptly disappear into the neck again. How convenient!

And so…Tune-bot was born. Considering the fact that many affordable guitar cases are soft cover and may not always come with pockets (meaning loose articles stored in the case with the guitar could scratch its finish during transport), the idea of a soft fabric pocket to hold extras seemed like a good idea.

I liked the portable pocket idea (as opposed to the option of sewing a pocket to the soft-case to make the case more user-friendly). This little sack is good for keeping things contained, especially when traveling or passing the guitar around a campfire, and it’s a conversation piece!

How to:

1. Choose your fabric. (I find raw canvas is really forgiving-it is easy to work with, and paint onto).

2. Cut a strip of fabric long enough to fold back over onto itself with a slight overlap at the back (see reverse photo of Tune-bot). To decide how long of a strip, you need to know how much stuff you want to put into the finished bag. My strip was about 15” long to begin with, and 5 1/2” wide.

3. Sew a seam (simple straight stitch) on each end of the long strip to create those finished looking folds (see reverse of tune-bot) and to prevent the fabric from fraying.

4. The tricky part (for some of us)…now fold your strip so that it resembles the one in my photo. Next you sew the side seams, and then turn it inside out. You may want to fold it, then pin it in place, and then turn it inside out to make sure the nice finished flaps are the ones that will be showing when you are done.

Alternative to the folded finish: use a zipper, buttons, snaps, or simply make a draw-string for it. I wanted mine to be easy to get in and out of, with no pieces that could scratch the guitar body (zippers and buttons) and no strings dangling from it. That’s why it looks like a miniature pillow-case.

The face of mine measures roughly 5” x 6 1/2” after all is said and sewn. I painted my design on using fabric paint (black) and acrylic (white), heat treated paints with an iron on high heat setting. It’s already a year old and shows little sign of wear after two road trips across Canada, from coast to coast, and many laps around campfires over the course of a tree planting season and a summer at kid’s camp.

Though the Tune-Bot was designed with a purpose, this little stuff sack could hold anything.

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