Thursday, October 4, 2012

Camera Case a Pattern!

 Camera Case

Supplies: The actual measurements depend on the size bag you’re making, see below for a better idea.
2 fat quarters in coordinating prints
Piece of fusible fleece
About ½ yard of cord
Cord-lock toggle, if desired

Measure the camera. CL is the length or height of the long side. CC is the circumference or distance around the short side of the camera (measure over the lens).

Sizes to cut fabric:

Outside: CL + 2” (CCL)  X  CC + 2.25” (CCC)

Lining: CCL + .5” X CCC + .5”

Example; my camera is 4.5 “  long (CL) and has a circumference of 8.75” (CC), so I cut my outside piece:
6.5” X 11” and the lining I cut 7” X 11.5”

Cut the batting: CCL - .25” X CCC  (my batting was cut 6.25” X 11”)

Cut the top cording sleeve 2.25” X CCC  (my piece was 2.25” X 11”)

Cut the cording: 6” + CCC (so mine was 17”)

Sew the outside to the lining, right sides together along the long edges; line up one short side, the other side of the lining will be .5” longer. The lining will also be .5” longer at the bottom.

Open piece and press seam to the lining. Lay batting on the back of the front piece along the seam line. Iron in place if using fusible fleece, baste if not. Fold the lining over the fleece and press the whole piece from the outside, pressing the seam smooth.

Quilt by machine either in a grid pattern (draw it on, or use your presser foot for even lines) or quilt whatever design works for you. 

Sew right sides together the side seam, using a .25” seam. Sew all the layers together in one seam. (The longer side of the lining will still be longer, the other edges will line up.) Fold the lining over and tuck the edges under the seam allowance. Pin and then hand whip stitch the lining. See the photo.

Side seam, lining side, hand sew

Position the bag so the side seam is in the middle; sew the bottom (right sides together) using a .25” seam from the edge of the outside piece. The lining will be .5” longer. Trim one side of the lining off even with the outside. See the photo. Fold the longer lining piece over the seam allowance as you did the side seam, pin and hand whip stitch. See the photo.

Bottom seam with lining trimmed on one side

Bottom seam, hand sew

Make a box bottom. See the photo. Fold the bottom and measure 1.5” across, or less if your camera is skinny. Stitch across both ends.

Fold the cording sleeve ends .25”, then .25” again. Machine stitch these hems. Fold the sleeve in half lengthwise, press. Then fold .25” along each side (lengthwise) and press. Position this sleeve on the top of the case (with the case in the middle), leaving a gap of about 1” on one side. Pin in place, with the bottom edge about 3/8” down from the bag’s top edge. Machine stitch very close to the edge of the sleeve and then again about 1/8” up. See the photo.
Cord Sleeve fits over the finished top edge

Thread the cord through the sleeve. Use a cord-lock toggle if desired. Knot the ends of the cord.

Notes:  Make notes to yourself as to what ‘CL’ and ‘CC’ are for your camera.  

I like to use Clover’s white marking pen for dark fabrics and Pilot’s Frixion erasable gel pen for light fabrics. Both iron out. (But of course, test your fabric before using!)

I also like Pellon’s fusible fleece for my craft projects.

I hope your camera will be happy in its new home. The bag can be made in different sizes for other things too.

If you have any questions on construction, leave a comment here or e-mail me at .

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