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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Camera Case on: January 08, 2011 02:12:41 PM
So this morning I decided to crack on with another project (I'm giving my poor new sewing machine a bit of a hammering at the moment) and make myself a case for the very lovely camera I got for Christmas. I searched all over the shops and I couldn't find anything camera case wise that I actually like, so I decided to make one myself. The outside is a medium weight cotton print fabric, the lining is a home decor weight polyester and the "Jam" of the sandwhich is a layer of fleece hidden between the two for extra padding! If I made this again, I'd make one fairly major modification and instead of having the side strip as two pieces I'd just do one long one but hey, you live, you learn!


The case it'self - pretty!


How the top looks shut


And open... I fold over the opening so that it sits nicely under the flaps when I press stud them shut! The flaps are also really handy as they mean I can sort of shake my camera in instead of forcing it. The nicest thing is that the strap for my camera can hang out of the sides which means I can just throw it over my shoulder and go! All in all, I think I'm in love  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fleecy Headband/Earmwarmer (with my first ever tutorial) on: January 06, 2011 10:03:46 AM
Hello! Just thought I'd share my headband/earwarm thingy that I made to keep my ears warm whilst I cycle. It's stupidly easy and I know you're all a lot better sewers than me but yeah... I hope you like it Smiley


You're going to need:

A piece of fleecy fabric 4.5 inches wide and about 24 inches long (measure your head and then add a couple of inches)
A piece of patterned (or plain) cotton fabric of the same dimensions
Sewing bits (sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, tape measure etc)

To start, lay out your fleecey fabric and cut the right size piece. I used an old blanket that we no longer use.


Next, cut out your cotton fabric. I was ultra lazy and pinned my fleece to my material and then cut around it. If you're less lazy than me, measure and mark it out properly (you'll end up with much straigheter lines than I did!)

If you haven't already, pin your fabric together with the right sides facing each other.

Tadaaaaa! Excellent, now we're ready to start sewing. Thread your machine and then sew down each of the long sides in turn (be sure to use a reverse stitch at the end to stop your stiching from coming undone mid-cycle) and then sew long one of the shorter sides. When you're sewing, you want to be about 1.5cm in from the edge

Next, sew half way along the remaining shorter sides but don't sew it up completely!

We're going to turn it the right way out in a minute, but first you need to trim the seams down a little to make it less bulky when we turn it (If you're a better sewer than me, you can probably start off sewing a little closer to the edge and then skip this step!)

Now comes the exciting part - turn your headband the right way round by turning it in on itself using the hole that you left before!

You should now have your pattern on one side and your fleece on the other. If you're really good, I'd advise ironing it now but err... yeah I'm lazy! You'll need to sew up the hole using a slip stitch.

Now it's time to make this big long strip into a headband. I chose to do this by zigzagging the two ends together - however you could also pop in a buttonhole and a nice button or maybe a wee bit of velcro. And Hey Presto - no more cold ears for you Cheesy


Hope you've enjoyed it - let me know what you think! This is my first tutorial though so do be kind! Let me know if you make one yourself Also, if you want to see the tutorial with pictures, I've posted it on my bloghttp://in-my-window.blogspot.com/2011/01/tutorial-fleecy-headbandear-warmer.html xx
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