DIY Camera Strap

Inspired by this camera strap tutorial on the Design Love Fest blog and my recent foray into fabric painting, I made this camera for my Holga 120N. The strap that came with the camera was a very thin black and red striped webbing.
To make my strap, I gathered some materials from my stash: 2 metal D-rings, webbing (ugly camouflage pattern that I am all too happy to cover up) and fabric. The materials came together perfectly for this project.The D-rings are perfectly sized to the webbing and the webbing was just long enough – 29.5 inches. The strip of fabric was from a failed skirt waistband and already interfaced.

I cut the fabric 2.5 inches wide by 31.5 inches long. I stitched it into a long tube using a .25 inch seam allowance and turned it right side out. I then slid the fabric over the webbing and painted on my design.
I folded in the raw edge of the fabric, slipped on a D-ring, and folded the fabric over it to the wrong side of the strap, added a bit of glue and held it all in place with a binder clip until it dried. To finish I stitched through all the layers using a heavy weight sewing needle. And all done! 
Looking for more inspiration? Check out these camera strap tutorials from around the web:
DIY Camera Strap from ModCloth
Scarf Camera Strap from Photojojo
Camera Strap Cover Tutorial from Inside NanaBread's Head
Camera Strap with Lens Cap Pocket from LBG Studio
Camera Strap Cover from Make Something

Free Tutorial Pattern - Ombre Clutch

 I've worked up a cute little clutch with some elegant ombre dyed fabric. Inspired by the current ombre trend and looking for a way to spruce up some drab muslin-ish fabric laying around, I decided get myself a-dyeing. But more on that later. Today, I'll show you the basics of making one of these clutches yourself.
This is a very easy project, just a pocket with a fold over flap. It is very similar to the D-ring clutch I made a while back. I'm thinking about trying one sized to fit my kindle too. (Mostly because I think I should be able to take my kindle with me everywhere.)

Ombre Clutch Tutorial / Pattern

Ombre Fabric
Lining Fabric
Batting (optional)
1 Magnetic Button Closure
Gold fabric paint (optional)
Artists Tape (optional)

NOTE: Use a .5 inch seam allowance for all seams.

Step 1:
 Cut 1 piece sized 13 x 11.5 inches for flap (outside) and 1 piece sized 13 x 6.5 inches for pocket each of fabric, lining, interfacing and batting (if using). 

Note: This pattern can easily be adapted to any size you want. I'd start with determining the desired finished size of the clutch. Next decide how much overlap you want and add that to the height for the flap. And don't forget to add a .5 inch seam allowance.

Step 2:
 Adhere interfacing to fabric. Baste batting to fabric, if using.

 Step 3:
With right sides together, stitch lining pocket to lining flap along sides and bottom, starting .5 inch from edge of inside pocket (see below).

 Repeat for ombre fabric.
Step 4:
Trim the corners of the lining and ombre fabrics.

Step 5:
Next, stitch ombre fabric to lining fabric. Place lining fabric and ombre fabric right sides together, one bag inside of the other. Stitch top edge of front pocket lining to ombre fabric, leaving an opening for turning (see above).
Step 6:
Stitch sides of clutch flap lining to sides of ombre fabric flap, keeping seam allowance free (see below). Round corners of flap if desired.


 Step 7:
Turn clutch right side out through opening. Hand stitch or top stitch opening closed and attach magnetic closure.
And all done! This version is a subtle hand-dyed version made using batting. The batting provides a little extra (very soft) heft to the clutch but is not necessary. Using a heavy interfacing and heavy weight fabric also helps bulk up a project.
For this version, I pieced 3 pieces of fabric together for the flap and used gold fabric paint to create a geometric design. Piecing fabric strips together is a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric that might otherwise find themselves in the dustbin.
If desired, you can also square off the bottom corner of the bag as shown above. This step is done before attaching the lining to the fashion fabric. I'll be posting more soon about fabric dyeing and fabric painting so please check back. I hope you like the tutorial. Please let me know if you make a clutch. I'd love to see it. Cheers! 

Patchwork Party Bag

I made this little bag using the Blue Party Bag pattern from Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki. The bag was made entirely with materials that I already had on hand. I was able to use small fabric scraps for the strips that make the exterior of the bag. Pieces as small as 1 inch by 6 inches are usable in this project. The bag is pieced on top of the batting by sewing strips of fabric, right sides together with the batting underneath. Once you get the hang of it, it's very easy.

My sewing machine does not have a walking foot so I was concerned that I'd have problems doing the quilting. But, it worked out just fine.

After piecing the strips, the bag is cut to the finished shape. Don't forget to add the seam allowance. It's not included in the pattern.
I've been saving this batch of red patterned fabric for a number of years and I'm so glad I was finally able to use them. I used machine embroidery thread and a combination of straight and zig-zag stitches to quilt the tops.
 The book also shows a great technique for attaching a magnetic closure.
The only change I would make is the strap. I think it would look more finished with a cord than a ribbon. The strap can be changed out fairly easily because I skipped gluing it in place. Overall I really love the bag. The colors I used are very girly but darker shades would look more sophisticated. This would be a great purse for a young girl. It's very small in size with a classic shape.