Sunday, February 10, 2008

New camera case!

I spent a nice, but relatively quick chunk of the afternoon today sewing up my birthday gift from my boyfriend. He found a cute camera case pattern on and gave me a printed out copy of the tutorial, along with a promise to buy me the fabric and notions for it.

We went to Kaimuki Dry Goods in Honolulu for the fabric, which ended up being a pretty Asian print in blues, pinks, and light brown. I had wanted to get some Amy Butler fabric, but I was drawn to this one. I got some light blue flannel for the lining, too.

Pieces cut outThe main seams sewn together

There are really only two pieces to the case because the lining and the outside are identical. I made it as the tutorial said, but at the end I added a pocket on the side for extra batteries -- mine only takes two AAs, so they fit on the side just right.

Camera caseBatteries pocket

I wish I'd done this before I sewed it all up, though, because it made attaching it that much harder. But it worked out alright in the end. I closed both the pocket and the case with sew-on velcro. There are more pictures on my Flickr.

The only thing I would've done differently, other than sewing on the pocket before I did the seams, was to make it sturdier. It works fine, but could have more padding, either with a heavier fabric, interfacing, or batting. But it's pretty and I don't usually throw it around much anyway, so it'll be OK. Also, I have a good deal of fabric left (thanks to me over-calculating how much I'd need (I'm awful with guesstimating how much I need without a definite pattern that says, "Buy x yards," so I generally overestimate to be on the safe side), so I plan on putting it to use in the tote bag I've been wanting to make for toting things to work (lunch, books, etc). On that project, I'm still not sure if I'm going to search for a pattern or just make one up.


Opal said...

So cute! Good choice on fabrics! Kaimuki Dry Goods is my favorite place for fabric.

Bee said...

I love it, too! I think I've spent more times there just looking and dreaming about making things than actually buying fabric.