Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Padded Camera Strap Cover Tutorial *Updated*

Let me start by saying... I am just learning to sew; I am not an expert seamstress.

I have been wanting a padded camera strap cover for a long time and I finally feel confident enough with my sewing skills to try making one. 

I really only quilt so this whole "tutorial" is based on quilting-style sewing (if that makes any sense).

Supplies Needed:
-sewing machine
-matching thread
-beautiful outer fabrics (prewashed & pressed)
-solid lining fabric (prewashed & pressed)
-fusible batting (low loft)
-chopstick or knitting needle
-printer paper & pencil

Step 1:  Undo one side of your camera strap.

Step 2:  Fold the strap in half and trace the wide nylon part.

Step 3:  Using a ruler add 1/2"* lines around your tracing except where the fold of the strap was.
*When using a thicker batting add another 1/4" to all sides but the fold. Seen Below,
Step 4:  Cut the pattern out!

Step 5:  The fun step, choose your fabrics!  You will need front of strap, back of strap and a lining fabric. Cut a loooonnnggg strip of your outside fabrics and then fold in half, lay your pattern on top lining up the folds and cut.  You will measure the lining fabric after sewing the outer fabrics together.

Step 6:  Lay the outer fabrics together, right sides facing each other and sew along one long edge using a 1/4" seam.  Now press the seam toward the darker fabric.

Step 7:  Lay the outer fabric right side facing out on top of your fusible batting, cut the batting to fit and fuse with your iron.  (Follow the batting instructions carefully)

Step 8:  Lay your lining fabric on the opposite side of the batting and fuse.  Trim any excess lining fabric.

Step 9:  Run several lines of stitching/ quilting through your sandwich, I did this on my second strap and found that it was much easier to turn the strap right side out in the end!

Step 10:  Fold your short sides inward toward the lining a little less than 1/2"  Sew down through the outside to secure, I used a straight stitch at 1/4" and another a 1/4" from the first row of stitches right along the edge next to the lining. (Turned over to show detail in picture, it is just a cleaner look to go through the front of the fabric)

Step 11:  Fold the whole strap in half lengthwise with the outside fabric facing in and the lining out, secure with straight pins, sew a 1/4" seam along the open edge.

Step 12:  The hardest step.  Turn the whole thing right side out.  Use a chopstick, knitting needle, or like me a long paintbrush.

Step: 13:  Press the whole strap cover nice and flat again.

Step 14: Slide the end of the camera strap through the cover, I used a little painters tape and secured the strap to my long paintbrush and pulled it through.

Step 15:  Enjoy!

*Updated from the first post, I found just a few things (like more fabric and a little quilting) that made this strap even easier to work with than the first one I posted! 

If you make one of these comfy-cozy straps for your camera please link a picture in the comments, I would love to see it!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A New Crafty Adventure

Now that I've got my apartment mostly unpacked and set up, I wanted to get crafty but no matter how many times I pushed photos and bits around on a page I just wasn't feeling 'scrappy' so I decided that it was time to try something new... sewing!

My sweet Gram gave me a 'Fast & Easy' sewing machine for Christmas seven years ago; it has been used on lots of scrapbook pages but never with fabric and I thought it was about time that my sewing machine met some fabric!

So I did a little research online and found this really great blog (and Etsy shop) entitled Diary of A Quilter!  Amy Smart has designed some really amazing modern quilts and written a great step-by-step tutorial to get even the sewing challenged like me started quilting!  I'm hoping to tackle her 'Charm Pack Baby Quilt' in the next few weeks; since I do not have a baby nor know anyone who is expecting I think I may try to make this more of a throw blanket size for snuggling up on the sofa.  I chose this pattern because it required the least amount of cutting, the majority of the pieces are already cut for you by Moda!  (By the way, this is the same company that puts out BasicGrey, Cosmo Cricket and My Mind's Eye fabrics!)

To get myself motivated to sew I set up a little sewing center in my dining room 'den'...

Note the machine really is called the 'Fast & Easy' !

Here are the key components of my sewing center...

I bought a great book today that is written by Deborah Moebes and she actually wants me to love sewing! 
It's filled with lots of really useful information and great projects!  Click here to get your own copy of Stitch by Stitch.

Next I filled one of my favorite stack and lock containers with the sewing essentials I currently own... I see a trip to JoAnn's in my future, but in the meantime the machine instructions, thread, bobbins, needles and snips are handy!

I dug out my old iron... I guess we'll finally have to become friendly.

I made a trip to several quilting stores in my area to get inspired... I LOVE the yellow and grey bird fabric!
Here's where I went Holly's Quilt Cabin and Snappy Quilts, both are very cute shops!

And last, but not least, I changed out the needle on my sewing machine (probably a good idea after 7 years)
and set her all up with new thread and a freshly wound bobbin!

Now I'm off and running, hopefully I'll be back in the next few days with a little progress report!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cooking Crush

Photo courtesy of jamieoliver.com

I'll admit it, I have a HUGE crush on Jamie Oliver's food!  It's basic, simple, beautiful!

I made this lovely roasted chicken to rave reviews from Coleman, the self-proclaimed hater of all things chicken, unless of course it's fried in some way.  He gobbled this down!  The leftover potatoes and bacon bits would make a delicious frittata the next morning... that is if you have any leftovers :) 

Now when you read this recipe it seems a tiny bit odd, boiling a lemon, tossing the potatoes about in the hot pan after you drain them and then stabbing said boiling hot lemon but TRUST ME it will all make sense in the end and you'll be really glad you did the whole potato bit because the "chuffing up" make all the difference!

Side note: I tried to print the recipe from his website but it came out black with tiny grey lettering so I ended up having to copy and paste into a Word document, but this recipe is worth it, I know I'll be making it again over and over!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blogging Attempt 1001

I miss blogging!

Life is crazy and hectic but I miss having little bits of it gathered in this spot, so I'm back... will I post every single day... NO, are you kidding, you all don't want to hear the total randomness that goes through my head every single day!  I will try to post three times a week and I will promise, yes promise, a new recipe every week and something crafty, that leaves at least one post open for me to ramble on about nothing in particular... I love to ramble!

I'll start off this week with a crafty project.  Many of you may have seen it in my online galleries but I wanted to paste it here in my diary... so here is my version of the Embellished Paper Doily project designed by the lovely Christine Middlecamp.  It was so much fun to dig through all my gathered treasures and pick out bits to use; I rediscovered all sorts of things that I forgot I owned! The finished piece hangs right outside my bedroom and makes me smile every time I walk by.

If you have any questions about the project feel free to ask in the comments section
and I'll email you ASAP.

Happy Hump Day!