Felt & Photos

Since high school, I’ve had the same white Sony Cybershot. It was a great little camera: about the size of my current cell phone so it easily fit into my pocket, fairly good quality considering when I bought it, and far more reliable than any other point and shoots I had ever tried out–in fact, it still works perfectly today. Unfortunately, recent DIY-photography and European vacations, and an impending trip to Hawaii, highlighted the need for a more technologically advanced camera. While the Cybershot remains in perfect working order, it was becoming increasingly evident that I was going to require more megapixels, more zoom, better light adaptation…you get the picture. Luckily, my yearning for a fresh camera fully kicked in right after receiving Christmas money, and that’s when I bought my Canon SX230 (which I would like to give a name, but but I’m having trouble committing–any suggestions?).

Of course, it’s always convenient to have a small camera bag. If you want to avoid scratches, accidental button-pressing, and generally protect your new toy from dangerous camera situations, a case becomes necessary. I used the same camera case Mom made me from decorating-weight Amy Butler fabric for nearly as long as I used the little Sony Cybershot, and while it may be a little worse for wear, I’m still quite fond of it. However, despite being another point-and-shoot, the new Canon is bigger than the Cybershot (mainly due to it’s mega-zoom abilities), and using the old case would be a slightly frustrating squeeze. Enter 3mm wool felt: perfect for structured bags and cases, and thick enough to provide a little protective cushioning. Throw on some D-rings and a strap and you’ve got yourself a new camera bag that’s almost as fun to use as the new camera itself.

3mm Felt Camera Bag Details
1/4 yard 3mm wool felt
Matching thread
Clips and matching D-rings
Magnet closure
Ribbon or other strap material

1. Cut your materials: you’ll need a single 9 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece to make the back of the case and the flap. Near one end, cut out a 2 1/2″ diameter circle. Your front piece will be 4 1/2″ x 3 3/4″. Cut two side pieces, each 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, one bottom piece 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″, one circle 2 1/2″ diameter, and 1 piece 1″ wide and long enough to wrap around the circle.
2. Hand sew the circle to the 1″ wide wrap around piece. Hand sew the wrapping piece closed, end to end. Machine sew, close to the edge, around the circle and remove the hand stitching. Hand stitch this piece to the circle opening on the back/flap piece, machine sew around the edge, and remove the hand stitching.
3. Attach the D-rings to the tops of the side pieces using the ribbon and sew in place.
4. Sew the bottom piece to the bottom edge of the front piece (the shorter edge). Sew both side pieces to the long edges of the front piece, and join the corners together on each side of the case.
5. Sew the back/flap piece to the sides and bottom, making sure that the flap (the piece with the circle attached) is left free to fold over the case.
6. Attach the magnetic closure: attach the male snap side to a small scrap of felt and hand sew to the inside of the flap. Attach the female snap to the front piece, placing it where it will meet the flap closure.

Need a second camera bag? Or maybe you just don’t like this one? (What’s wrong with you?!) Check back later this week for Camera Case: Take 2!

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