I tend to be hard on my things and forgetful. Oh, so forgetful. Both of those things in conjunction equal the reason why my fairly new camera body is already kind of jacked up. It gets tossed in my purse with any variety of change, pens, bottles of medicine, kid toys, and an extreme assortment of junk. EVERY time I go to the store I fully intend to look at the cases and finally get one and protect my hot pink photo taking joy. I guess you’re gathering by this post that it hasn’t happened yet. So, I did what I almost always do anyway – I DIYed it.
The greatest thing about this project (besides that I think it is crazy cute) is the cost. I already had everything I needed, BUT if you go and buy everything you’d need for this project, you’re looking at around $3.50 or 4 bucks – PLUS you’ll have supplies left over for other projects. Awesome!
So, whaddya say? Wanna make your own? Let’s get it! You’ll need: FREE printable pattern, felt in 3 colors + white, coordinating embroidery floss, velcro, felt glue.
***The pattern is sized for my camera, a Panasonic Lumix. You may need to make the pattern bigger or smaller to accommodate your own camera. Test your body pieces and make sure that your camera will fit inside after being stitched up (I used junk felt just to be sure…) after you print before cutting up all of your felt, just in case!
STEP 1: First things first – you’ll need to cut out all of your felt pieces. For the camera body fold a piece of felt in half and cut your rectangular shape out of it, with the bottom being the fold. It’s a good idea to place straight pins in the fold. When you open the piece up, you’ll have a clear definition between the front and back sides!
STEP 2: Take your long camera body piece and attach the top bar with stitches along the top and bottom, but not the sides of the smaller piece.
STEP 3: Stitch the grip piece onto the left side of your camera body.
STEP 4: This is where my directions might get kind of hinky. You’ll need to attach your velcro to the camera strap and the front of the camera body so you’ll have closure when the project is complete. First, sew the velcro onto the strap. Move the strap to where you want it on the body and place the other side of the velcro there. It may help to put the lens circles on your strap and hold in place while working this bit out…
STEP 5 & 6: Sew your top lens onto the bottom. Attach the combined lenses onto your strap. Use felt glue on the backside of each lens but be sure to sew BEFORE the glue dries. (it gets crazy hard to push needles through)
STEP 7: Finish attaching all of your little felt decorations, the flash and bottom right knobs. Be sure that you keep your knobs above the fold line.
STEP 8 & 9: Affix your strap via placed velcro. Wrap the strap to the backside. Make sure that you have some clearance over the top side of the camera body. Find the right placement, unhook the velcro and attach the strap to the backside. Continue stitching the topside of the strap for decoration…
STEP 10: Place your camera inside and attach the velcro to close up. If you have a wrist strap, mark where the strap will come out of the camera. Remove your camera and stitch straight lines to act as a tunnel from inside of the case to the ouside for your camera’s wrist strap. Stitch up the sides (minus where your strap will come out).
So, now that my camera is both cute and protected, I think I’m going to relax… or maybe start another project. Hoping today is fantastic!