Would you look at this camera case? This is the one I've been using for years. It's plain. It's not the least bit pretty or feminine looking at all, and it has no strap. Yuck!.. I don't know why it did not occur to me, for so long, to make one. I think I just overlooked it for so long. It was serving it's purpose for the most part. Eventually, I thought, well.. There are so many pretty ones in the stores. I'll just buy one! But every time I got to the stores, the camera case was entirely forgotten, and apparently I must not have deemed it important enough to add to my shopping list. So, looking at my little black case most recently, I had to shake my head. I HAVE the ability for heaven's sake! It's high time to ditch the old one, and make my OWN camera case! Since Walmart closed their fabric department, I don't have the time to just run to the fabric stores any time I feel like it now. Unless for some really big project that I feel is worth the bother of a road trip, I now look for fabrics by other ways and means. I often recycle fabrics. Most recently I recycled blue jeans!... But often I buy bedsheets and pillow cases which, even brand new, are often cheaper than purchases would be at a fabric store, yet are just as nice in quality! Sometimes I can use old linens, or terrycloth towels too, but for today's purposes, I used this...
It seemed to me this placemat would be perfect for my project! It's just the right amount of fabric needed. I liked the color. Being quilted, the batting and lining are already done for me; so of course, I like this! Now, let me just get comfortable at my sewing machine, here... My coffee is close by, and I think I'm ready to see what I can create with this!
First, I trimmed the sides of my placemat... approximately 1 and 1/2" or so off each longer side of the placemat. This was to leave myself with a size that is necessary for holding my camera and any accessories I carry with it. I saved the sides I trimmed away, to later make the strap of my case. Next, I estimated my seams by folding the fabric, in approximately thirds, to plan where the actual bag would end, and then where the front flap would begin. Once I figured that, I started sewing my side seams, then boxed the bottom corners so that the bag can sit flat. You can go HERE, for a nice tutorial on how to box corners. From there, I put together a strap by sewing one long tube, approximately 11" in length. I pressed the tube flat. Then I formed it into a circle, which was then sewed onto the top of the flap.
I really don't like velcro. In fact, I hate it, so I chose to sew a metal snap to keep my case securely closed. For a little embellishment, I sewed a silk ribbon bow, with a little vintage button to the front of the flap, then I added a silver heart charm to the strap, which says "follow your heart"... And voila! My 2-dollar project was done in just one night, and I've got a brand new camera case that is now SO-oooo much prettier than that other old thing!! I really am happy with how this came out, and I'm thinking this could be a very nice Mother's Day gift idea too!
Thanks to Leslie, at My Country Home, for hosting Whatcha Working On Wednesday! I hope you stop by and say hello to her, and then maybe visit any others who may be participating today!
Please also say hi to Jana, at Collected Treasures for the Home, Heart, and Soul! You'll want to check out what quick project she has in store for Quick Project Thursday! I know I certainly enjoy a "hello" and a visit from all who stop here, and I thank you so much! I hope everyone's enjoying the beautiful Spring weather like we're so lucky to have here, this fine day!