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July 11, 2013

Case for CD Rack

Video on How to Make a Travel Case for a CD Rack. Lots of pics and video tutorial. Project designed by Grace Baxter.

A Pictorial Tutorial 

(Don't worry, I optimized the pics for easy downloading)


VIDEO:  How to Make a Travel CD Rack CASE



For months I had been searching for a travel case to hold a 3-tier CD rack. The rack displays CDs on the product table when we go to singing engagements. Yes, there is a hard and heavy case available but it's very expensive and takes up a lot of room in the already-cram-packed van. Solution? Make it myself.

I started by taking careful measurements. This is when I learned that exact measurements are not always final, but more of a starting point. I made adjustments in the seam allowances and even trimmed pieces down when necessary. The rack was a tricky thing to fit because of the open corners.

The following pictures will do most of the explaining.

Musicians Dream Case for CD Rack, 3 expandable pockets on front hold biz cards and pens. One large pocket on back holds folded tablecloth for product table.

With no pattern available, I had to make my own. Rack is 18" x 19" x 5" (approx.)

The fabric is a heavy-weight twill. Lining is a cotton print with colorful notes scattered all over. I used iron-on pellon to give the case body. This stuff was a nightmare to apply. The adhesive is not very good, despite following directions. It took lots of steam, a wet pressing cloth, and pressure to make it adhere. Even then, I ended up stitching within the seam allowances where the pellon was falling away from the fabric.

Pockets

How to make a Case for CD Rack. Pocket layout and markings.

Trim ~ First I cut a length of lining print fabric, 2" wide. I stitched this to the pocket top edge at 1/2" and pressed under a half-inch along the top edge. I  folded the trim over the pocket and top stitched. 

Gussets ~ On my hand-made tissue pattern piece, I drew out solid lines for stitch lines, and dashed lines for folds to create the gussets for each pocket. This part was fiddly. Using chalk, I transferred the lines to the fabric and pressed under the pockets' side and bottom seam allowances.

How to make a CD Rack Case. Details of front panel with gusseted pockets.

I pinned the pockets to the front, leaving 3/4" space on each side to allow for side seams. Then I stitched down the pockets along my chalked solid lines. Making the gussets was easy. I brought the dashed lines to meet the stitched lines and pinned them down. Then I stitched across the bottom to secure the folds, and up the pocket sides. Voila!

The large back pocket was a piece of cake after this. The back pocket will hold our tablecloth so it only needs 2 small pleats, and a long piece of velcro to keep it snug to the body.
CD Rack Case, how to construct back pocket.

Constructing the Body

With the pellon applied, the pieces became thick to sew through. Good thing I was using a heavy-weight thread and a new, sharp needle!

How to make a CD Rack Case. Video tutorial with step-by-step help.

I pinned all pieces together and adjusted seams for the best fit around the rack, trimming the side pieces down a half-inch. Once satisfied with the pinned fit, I stitched all the seams.

Bottom

To make the bottom weather and scuff resistant, I applied Heat 'N Bond. It gave the bottom a nice smooth finish.
CD Rack Case with pictures at every step of construction.

Lining

Steps for making a CD Rack Case, lined with sewn-in gusset pockets.

The lining was cut the same size as the case body. I changed my thread to a regular weight thread in both needle and bobbin for the lining. All seams were pressed open and corners clipped and trimmed before turning lining right-side-out.

How to make a Case for CD rack. Video, pics and full instructions.

After inserting the lining, I noticed the lining needed to be secured to the bottom. Sorry I don't have a pic of this. I folded down the case to about half its height so I could reach in and see to the bottom, and used a needle and strong thread to tack the seam allowance of the lining to the case's seam allowances. I did this in all corners and about half-way up the side seams. This step was necessary and held everything together nicely. Now, the lining will not move around when the rack is pulled out later.

I had just enough lining over the top edge to do a narrow doubled-over hem. SO glad about that.

How to make a lined case for CD Rack. Full instructions with video.Next came the top. The top was sized to be extra wide, allowing for the lip on the front and a substantial strip across the back. 
The back of the top is stitched down strongly with two rows of stitching.


This top view gives you a peek inside the case.
Case for CD Rack. How-to-make instructions and video.

Lined case for CD Rack. How-to instructions, video and lots of pics.

There you have it! It's done and ready to go on the road. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.

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