I had a friend point out that I had my comments section on the wrong settings and a lot of people were not allowed to post on my blog. I have since changed that. If you wanted to post to my giveaway for the little girl skirt, the blog should let you do that now. I'll leave the contest open until next Wednesday at 10pm MST to allow everyone who wants to play an chance to get in on the fun.
Now for today's project. I got a Flip camera as a gift for Mother's day last year. I love it but I needed a cute case. I finally got around to making one this week:
This technique works for any sized pocket camera. I'm not going to give measurements for the most part. Just use this process no matter what brand or type of camera you own.
To start, wrap a zipper around two sides of the camera, with the zipper closed and the pull at the top edge of one side. Mark the far edge on the bottom. The zipper should be as long as two sides of the camera. Trim the end off. Next, take a couple of small squares of fabric right sides together and sew them across the ends of the zipper with a 1/4" seam allowance. If your lining is different from your outside, make sure the outside is on the front of the zipper and the lining is on the back. Your zipper will look like this:
If your camera is like mine, the front will be just a little bit bigger than the back. A standard sized Flip will have a front piece that's about 1/8" wider than the back. It is important that you keep track of which piece is the front and which is the back. Mark them with disappearing ink. Sew a stitch. Put them in a different pile. Whatever you need to do, but you need to know at all times which pieces are which and you won't be able to tell just by looking at them.
To make the pieces for the zipper sides, fold the side piece in half. trace it on the pattern fabric.
seam gauge. It has a very handy little hole in one end and I can set the guide 1/4" away from that hole. I just keep the guide lined up, put the pencil in the hole and draw away. I do this to add seam allowance for every pattern I make. It saves a lot of headaches and messing with tape measures.
Ok, cut one front, one back, one side, and one bottom from your outside and your lining. Cut two zipper sides from the outside and lining. Cut fabric and lining for the ends as well. Do not forget to keep track of which piece is which.
Now we get to start sewing. If you are doing piping, sew the piping 1/4" from the edge all the way around the top and bottom outside pieces. They should look like this:
Now sew your side pieces together. Be sure you get the lining and the fabric sewn opposite of each other. For your zipper side, sew the long edge together with the bottom edge for each half.
No I don't have pictures. I've told you before zippers hate me. We won't discuss it. I'm sure your zippers will be beautiful. Anyway, when you are done it will be pretty and no one will ever tell you if your zipper wasn't done perfectly. They won't even notice. At least no one's ever commented on any of my zippers, and that's saying something.
Also, this case does not have a strap on it. It would be pretty easy to add either a simple wrist loop or a flat strap across the back side.
Play around with the pattern and as always, leave me a link so I can see what you are doing with yours!