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Making A Gun Case

"Quilted Protection for a Rifle (part 2)"

Welcome to part 2 of Making a Gun Case.

There are 3 parts to this topic and right here is the meat of how to get it done.

Go back to part 1 if you need to get your materials.

Making a Gun Case

By now you should have all your material.

Ready to start the how to?

Do you have your template?

Trace the shape of your stencil (with 2 inch grace) onto your outer and inner fabrics.

If you're like me, you'll find that the scissors chew right along with you.

Carefully, cut along your traced line.

Now trace the template without grace onto the foam.

Cut out the traced design from the foam.  

Set the foam to the side.

It’s time to begin stitching your inner and outer layers together.  To do this, place them with their right sides facing each other.

Pin them together around the edges.

If you need to, mark where you want the stitching to end because you want to make sure you don’t sew the wider end at this time.

Use a reinforced straight stitch to sew ½ inch grace round all the edges, except for the wider back end.

Now for the fun part!

It’s time to turn the inner and outer layers over the foam to encase it.

We found that it was best to roll the fabrics over the foam, starting with the narrow end first.  Then walk it up the rest of the way.

TIP:  If you are having the problem of the foam moving while you are doing this, get it to the smaller end and pin it with a safety pin or two.  This will help keep the foam in place as you move the fabrics around it.

When the foam is finished being cocooned by the fabric, it’s time to enclose it the rest of the way.

The wide end opening needs to be sewn closed.  To do this, tuck the inner and outer layer toward the inside about ½ inch.  Then pin the layers together.  Now you can either stitch it closed with a whip stitch or straight stitch with the sewing machine.

Got that done?


Time to figure out the placement for your zipper(s).

Fold the padded sandwich in half to help determine where the zipper should start. 

Then pin and sew your zipper in place, one side at a time.

For our gun case, we had to use 2 zippers, one starting on each side.  This worked perfectly once it was finished.  There did come a moment of seam ripping and doing it over on one end, because the second zipper was off center by ½ inch.

To Be Continued...

Stay Tuned!

In Part 3 of Making A Gun Case, we will be going over how to make handles of this case.

If you need to review part 1, click here.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

› Making A Gun Case (part 2)
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