A few months ago I showed you a preview of the camera carrier insert I sewed. I didn't hold on the tutorial by accident, I actually wanted to give my honest review (and changes I would make to improve) along with a tutorial. I've been using the carrier for months now and it works great with the exception of some details I will describe so you can improve your own version (if you decide to make one for yourself)
I have to say that I completely love my camera carrier, and changing purses is super easy! My carrier fits in all my purses, in some tighter than others, so when I need to carry more than just my camera I simply choose a bigger handbag, works beautifully!
The problems I've had so far with my carrier are the following:
- The outside felt is getting a little worn, from getting contact with a lot of different liners from my bags (If I were to make it again, I would use a cotton or outdoor canvas on top of the outside felt piece)
- The handles, even though they are very pretty, they are not very resistant, so if I were to make it again, I would reinforce the traps and stay with an old fashion strap instead of trying the “prettier” version I did for mine. but if you like them I will explain how to reinforce them too =]
So now to the materials and instructions, because you should make one for you too!
For the main body you will need:
- 2 pieces of 24″ by 18″ piece of your choice of color felt or fleece
- Add 1 piece of 24″ by 18″ canvas/outside fabric if you decide to reinforce yours (recommended)
- 1/2″ foam
- About 20″ long piece of Velcro, cut in pieces of 4″ long.
- Needle, Embroidery floss and scissors
C- For the handles, I would recommend you to just make plain reinforced ones with fabric and using rope for the inside because the handles are what carries all the weight when you exchange purses. But if you like this shape of the handle I will describe how to make them, just add rope to the inside before you close it (that will reinforce it enough)
- You will need to cut 2 pieces of 5×12″ of felt.
- The fold it 3 inches from the bottom.
- Mark the center and also mark a 45-degree angle like the picture shows.
- Sew 1 1/8″ wide to each side (I measure straight not the angle)
- Repeat that on all 4 corners, turn inside out, place rope inside and pin to topstitch.
- Topstitch both sides and your handle is ready!
D- after the handles are ready is time to add the loop side velcro to the inside part of the body piece. I used 4 pieces of 4″ long. I sewed them in the center of the right side, on the front (the one that has 2) I sewed them at 7″ and 3 1/2″ from the right side, and for the back I sewed it at 7″ from the right side (notice that the first front and the back match)
E- Now it's time to sew the foam to the inside felt piece (because we like a clean outside) so pin it in the center, remember that you will be placing the foam on the wrong side of your inside piece, and in order to sew on top of the foam I used tissues that I pin on top of the foam, that way your feet will not get caught by the foam.
F- After you are done sewing you will have to carefully rip the tissues off, I had some little pieces stay, but I didn't care because that will be covered by the outside fabric anyways.
G- As a last step before closing up, I added 2 pockets that are optional, I do use them for extra cards and my camera's remote control, so I would recommend them. For the left pocket I just added a 6″ wide piece to the side, and for the back pocket I use a leftover piece that fit perfect right after the velcro (about 7″ wide)
H- Now we need to make a sandwich with our pieces to start closing up. First, we need to place our inside body piece and on top of it the handles, make sure you pin them right in the center and leave about 1/4″ to the outside.
I- Next up is our outside body piece, in the case you are planning on adding an outside canvas piece for the outside you need to place it before the felt with the wrong side facing up. after that place the felt piece and shown in the picture.
J- Sew along the 4 top parts, where the handles stick up and the other 2 opposite sides (you will end up with holes on the sides, and that's good)
K- Turn inside out your body main piece and it should look like mine =] topstitch all the top edges and reinforce the handles by passing more than once over them.
L- Now we can insert the 4 pieces of foam where they are supposed to be and pin really close to the foam so that you can put the sides together more comfortably.
M- Pin the sides together and sew as close as you can to the foam. This part can get a little tricky because it's super thick and the foam on the side does not help, but go slow and with a lot of patience =]
N- Once you have the 4 sides you can trim it, but leave at least 1/4″ after the seam to avoid any stability issues. After that I hand-stitched the edges with matching embroidery floss, you can get as fancy as you want with the edge =]
O- Silly me forgot to take pictures of the insert, but below you will see a graphic of the pieces you will need and I will describe the process below.
A- First you need to cut your 1/2″ foam pieces for the container (I will describe the dividers later on)
- 2 pieces of 10 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ (front and back)
- 2 pieces of 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ (sides)
- 1 piece of 10 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ (bottom)
B- After that, you will need to cut 2 layers of felt (the outside and the inside of your carrier) plus the outside fabric if you decide to reinforce the outside. To do so I placed all my foam pieces 1/2 an inch apart and traced, then added 1 inch on the outside like shown in the picture.
The pieces for your insert are:
- 3 pieces of 3×6″ foam (center divider)
- 1 piece of 6×6″ foam (full divider)
- 1 pieces of 7 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ felt (center divider A) fold it to make a 7 1/2″ by 5 1/4″ piece
- 1 pieces of 4″ by 10 1/2″ felt (center divider B) fold it to make a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece
- 1 piece of 7″ by 10 1/2″ felt (full divider) fold it to make a 7″ by 5 1/4″ piece
For the insert you are going to start by making 3 tubes, simply fold your pieces as instructed in the material list and sew along the bottom parts of the 5 1/4″ tall, like in this illustration:
I would recommend you to check on your inside pieces before closing and adding the velcro just in case, if your felt or fleece is thicker or thinner than mine there can be a little adjustment that you should make (but they should be minimal)
And there you go! your camera can be protected and carried more comfortably everywhere!
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial, I know a lot of people were anxiously waiting for it! Sorry it took me so long, but that's what I get for having such bad morning sickness hehe =] Now I have to work on finishing the Mr. and Mrs Joyful ducks, hopefully that one will be ready in the next couple of weeks.
I hope you all had a great weekend!
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