DIY bags for finger cymbal (zill) storage
There are zill bags and there are ZILL BAGS. There is nothing quite so thrilling as pulling out your zill bag and having it admired by your fellow belly dancers! Custom making your own zill bags is a great way to use up scrap fabric and most styles only require simple straight-line sewing. If you have a large collection of finger cymbals, then having each in a separate bag will allow you to see at a glance which bag you need. You can even choose fabrics that have symbolic meaning to you. As someone who is obsessed with assiut, you know what fabric I always reach for when making my bags.
Lined drawstring bag with a flat bottom – Kristin Omdahl
Although it’s quick and easy to make a simple envelop style bag with a casing at the top, its quite easy to take the extra step to make a drawstring bag special. In this video, Kristin Omdahl offers clear directions for making a lined drawstring bag with a flat bottom so it will stand up when opened.
DIY triangle zipper pouch tutorial – TheCraftyGemini
If you are a fan of Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen a tutorial, blog post, or video instructional that steps you through this lovely little pyramid shaped bag. This video, by The Crafty Gemini, is easy to follow and will take you from Beginning to end. Be sure that the “Side” of the bag is at least the diameter of your zills plus seam allowance.
Of course, not all of us are crafty maker types, so if you would love to just buy something special ready made, look no further than the Etsy store of The Verdant Muse who makes the most elegant, exquisite zill bags that feature individual pockets to keep your zills from scratching and rubbing together inside the bag. She hand crafts everything herself, so you never know what color combinations you will find in her shop.
If you don’t have the time to make your own, or the budget to buy custom made bags, you can always resort to pressing virtually any small bag or pouch into service for storing and transporting your finger cymbals. While leaving your zills out on a tray might look gorgeous, many of the surface finishes of high-ended instruments can tarnish or discolor, and should keep away from light and air. Best of luck making, buying, or finding the perfect bag for each of your finger cymbals. As you can see from the picture below, I’ve got a lot of work to do!
I have recently spent a lot of time with my rather sizable pile of finger cymbals while I was working on my book “Zills: Music on Your Fingertips” now available on Amazon.com*. Feel free to visit my website for more information my ongoing costuming and dance projects.
What about you? Have you made your own zill bags before? Do you have a favorite pattern that you use? Please share in the comments below!
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