I'd love to make one for my husband. His birthday is right around the corner and I desperately needed an idea. Thanks a lot!
Is the padding somehow attached to the fabric? If not, how does it stay in place? How many pieces are there? I looked at my husbands current camera bag and there seem to be three pieces of padding. One for the bottom, one for the back and one that goes around the sides and the front.
I'm working on a tutorial right now, so you'll be able to see all my secrets. to answer your questions: The padding is indeed attached to the fabric. I used some steam-a-seam to keep the top of the front and back of the lining attached to the padding, just to keep it tight at the top. and that reminds me to add "do not iron over velcro unless you have a pressing cloth" to the tutorial I cut 5 pieces of padding. one for each side, front, back, and bottom. They stay in place by friction, mainly. I cut the pieces (quite by accident) so they would fit together snugly inside: the bottom 1/4" smaller on all 4 sides than the dimensions I wanted the bag to be, the sides were 1/4" smaller on each side and 1/4" longer on the bottom, and the front and back were 1/4" longer on the sides and bottom. I tried gluing them together, but I couldn't get them through the hole in the lining (it was a big hole), so I took the front and back off, kept the sides and bottom glued together.
Thank you, everyone for your wonderful comments and questions! I hope I'll be able to get the tutorial up this weekend.
Thank you for the short tutorial and the links. I think I'm going to make a top whorl ad bottom whorl with some wooden wheels. I can't seem to find a local source for wool, but I know the hobby lobby in town has bags of roving for felting...I already have some of that, but I would love to buy wool from someone local....oh well
This turned out really great! It's a perfect synthesis of design and functionality. I'm sure that she'll get plenty of compliments at every shoot, as well as years of wear from your bag. I'd love to see more photos... maybe your photographer friend can get some action shots with all her gear loaded up?
Thanks so much, everyone! A quick run down of how I made it:: It's basically a Jordy bag, made to the measurements you need. It was supposed to be 8"x5"x11", but i think it came out smaller... I sewed the velcro to the lining and pockets to the outer before sewing up the side seams, the lining pockets after. Sew the bottom seam, then box the corners. Attach feet. sewed the flap and straps when I sewed the lining and outer together. unpicked the bottom seam in the lining, turned right side out. Insert padding. sew hole in lining closed.
To make the dividers, you'll need your padding cut to size, hook side of velcro, and a piece of fabric big enough to fit the padding all the way around plus a few inches extra. Sew the fabric right sides together, leave a hole. Turn right side out, poke out corners. Sew a line of stitching about an inch from one of the side seams. put in padding and pull fabric tight over it. pin and remove padding, then sew where you pinned. Sew on velcro on the flaps of fabric on either side. put padding in, the sew the hole closed. I hope that makes sense.
after a lot of research saying that closed-cell foam is the preferred padding for cameras, I used the cheapest source I could find: a foam camping mat. You could also use an exercise/yoga mat.
I would post the tutorial in its entirety here....but it has lots of pictures, and I can't figure out an easy, non-time-intensive way of posting them here......
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is my first project post on Craftster. I'm in awe of all of the Craftsters that post. Normally, I wouldn't post anything except comments on someone else's gorgeousness, but I'm really happy with the way this turned out, so I thought I'd share it I think I'll post the rest of the projects I've made, as well.
I have a friend who's a photographer. She's been looking for a camera bag, but she didn't want to spend $100 or more on a lame black bag. I told her I could make a cute one. She took me up on that. She traded me a photography session for this bag. She chose the Alexander Henry citrus fabric, showed me some bags that she liked(which I used as inspiration and possible copying.....), and I took it from there. I looked online for a tutorial for a padded camera bag for a DSLR and found nothing, so I drafted the pattern myself. It took me forever to figure out what to use as padding.
front, open. showing zipper pocket and patch pocket
bottom. it has feet!
side, with my logo tag
close up of my logo. sorry....but I'm just so excited about the logo