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« on: January 20, 2010 10:37:24 PM »

ETA TUTORIAL: http://creatinghappinessblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/padded-dslr-camera-bag-tutorial.html

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 Smiley 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, closed

front, open. showing zipper pocket and patch pocket

bottom. it has feet!

side, with my logo tag Smiley

close up of my logo. sorry....but I'm just so excited about the logo Smiley

inside, and far away of my label.

Bonus: camera hand strap from this tutorial: http://photojojo.com/content/diy/diy-camera-hand-strap/.

For some reason I can't get the picture of the back and strap to upload, so I'll try to do it later.
Thanks for looking!
Comments, Criticism, Questions welcome Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010 10:52:05 PM »

I love it. Could you give a quick explanation of how you did it. I would like to make some thing like this for a lunch box, I really think the dividers are wonderful.
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010 11:02:34 PM »

Great job!! I can't believe it has feet, I'm super impressed by that.
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2010 11:16:20 PM »

this is amazing! I wish I had skills to draft my own patterns!

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2010 12:02:25 AM »

I love this!  I'm a photographer as well, and I would love to make my own bag.  The one I currently have is like a one-shouldered back pack, and only fits the right shoulder, ugh.  It gets heavy.
What did you use as the padding?
How did you put on the feet?

I'm in awe of this, love, love, love it!
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2010 01:20:40 AM »

That is so cute and well made! Kudos!
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2010 02:44:29 AM »

This is incredible! Please share what you used for the padding and for the cushions inside!

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010 04:50:52 AM »

Nice work! It looks very sturdy indeed!

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2010 05:05:02 AM »

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.

for the feet, I used this tutorial: http://nicolemdesign.blogspot.com/2009/07/simple-purse-feet-tutorial.html I used SteamASeam2 instead of whatever she used, though Smiley

I did take in-progress shots, just so I could remember how to do it and what pieces I needed. If anyone wants a more in-depth tutorial, I could probably attempt writing one up

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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010 05:09:14 AM »

Great job... My niece got a great camera for Christmas and I have been wanting to make her a cute bag for it.  You did a great job on this.

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