Designing/redecorating a violin case for my sister
My older sister also plays violin and I was thinking of a nice Christmas gift for her. She is always complaining how boring and dull her violin case is. It may seem rather unimportant to most of you, but my sister loves to feminine-fy everything. We have been googling a lot on "cute violin case" but we never found much unfortunately . So I was thinking as a (upcoming Christmas or maybe even just regular lol) gift I'd make a pretty feminine case for her. I'm just wondering are all cases suitable for this? I would like to redesign the inside especially with a different fabric. My sister loves those old Victorian rose patterns. I can easily find the fabric but honestly no idea if it's even possible to do this? I had my eye on this one but not sure how doable my idea is . I would've preferred a more dark brown colour, but they are pretty much non existent, most cases are black or neon(pink/green/yellow) colours where I live
Musafia makes cases with custom fabrics, like this one:
Thank you Lydia Leong! I have seen their website before, but I read they mostly make cases for pro violinists which probably means the prices must be very high I think. And im not in a financial situation where I can spend 400+ euro on a case. My sister is very into vintage and victorian stuff so a case which reflects her more romantic style would be the ideal gift for her.
If you dont find such a case in your price range ypu could lool for nice violin blankets and bags on etsy.or elsewhere..or have them tailored. DIY inside a case might not be a good idea if you dont know what youre doing.
Yeah I think it's going to be difficult. There's a really cute/feminine violin case from lang, but it's 550 euros which just is too crazy for my budget. Not to mention my sister would never accept such a exepensive gift. We are mere hobby violinists. I can't find much about it online either so I guess my desires to do this case pimping is pretty unpopular haha :)
What a nice and thoughtful idea Sophie. I like the idea Tammuz mentioned previously of a blanket for the violin. You can make one by cutting out a thin cardboard template traced from the case and you transfer this to a piece of material such as silk or velvet. You can then sew the two pieces together with a thick piece of felt or polyester batting in the middle. There is dozens of different colored and patterned silks and velvet. I have never used fleece but there is a huge array of patterns and pictures available and it is a third the cost of silk and velvet.
Maybe not quite what you are looking for, but these cases are cute and feminine without being outrageously priced.
For my Mom's Christmas present I did the same. The case was an old wooden case from the 30s. It was a fantastic project. I think anything is possible if you just put some thought into it before jump on it too quick. Test your ideas out on something of no value first. Good luck with yours, she will love it. Here's an image before and after:
Sophie, probably too expensive but maybe a Negri case?
I second the recommendation for a violin blanket. They're typically in the range of $30 -
I wonder where I might be able to get a Hello Kitty violin blanket. Or Minions...
Actually I made a 3/4 size Hello Kitty blanket some time back that I sold. The Hello Kitty side wasn't silk, but it sure was cute. I also made myself two silk (silk fabric, silk fill/batting and silk thread to sew it) violin blankets for myself, because I wanted something nicer than what was available for sale. (A lot of the premade ones that are called "silk" are in fact a polyester satin.) For the OP, I do think the custom blanket would be a nice alternative to a custom case.
I was thinking maybe she could design a case cover. The inside of a case (as has been noted) would be quite difficult to do on a modern case. However, most oblong/halfmoon cases have a textile cover that is either made to be removed, or can be removed with a little surgical work and replaced.
I've seen the interior of a case be re-upholstered. Although... I'm not too sure how safe that would be for the violin since some of the protection via padding is gone. Another way to decorate is the cloth for the instrument or non-obtrusive knick knacks. I knew one lady that added rhinestones to everything.
Putting rhinestones inside a violin case strikes me as a horrible idea. Wouldn't they scratch the instrument?
The idea of modifying an old case is definitely not so good: modern violin cases contain a suspension system, and merely replacing the lining of an old case is a terrible idea. A modern case suspends the violin at 3 points of contact such that some force may be absorbed without the rest of the violin touching the case. And a properly designed case will also keep some space above the bridge, so one can't just put in padding into the case bottom, or you risk deformation and cracking from the enhanced height when anything touches the case above the bridge. Most old cases simply don't have enough clearance.
Lol, attaches a link to a $100 violin case... and gets recommended a brand that is usually in the several hundreds, sometimes even thousands (specially if you add those pretty things the poster wants), hahahaha.
Funny I have seen that video as well :) but yeah the outward is pretty straight forward. I just wasn't sure what to do with the inside. I've been looking around for a good case now first. I was first looking for brown colours. But I think I'm one of the few people looking for that colour since I can barely find any :p try he kinglos ones are very pretty too also I live in western Europe not the USA