I’ve spent the last couple of Tuesdays promising that there will be new DIYs soon–that I honestly didn’t forget about that camera case design I was offering as an alternative to the 3mm felt camera bag and I would get around to publishing the pattern and instructions really, really soon. Guess what? I wasn’t lying! Pull out your sewing machine, a bulky industrial zipper, and your favorite on-trend fabric, and soon you’ll be stashing away your camera in a soft, protective, and portable new home.

I used an exceptionally squeal-inducing Japanese print featuring charming rows of green owls on a neutral background, and further enhanced the level of cuteness with an apple green plaid for the case lining. While I’ve been well aware of owls’ current fashionable status for some time now, purchasing this fabric really underlined that point: the entire bolt of owl fabric was sold out well before the end of the first day it was available at Britex. Mom and I bought an entire yard, and this camera case requires much less, so you can expect to see more green-owl projects in the future–hopefully ones that will do an even better job showcasing the semi-large print. If you just can’t wait to see more of my beloved owls, I pulled together a gallery of a few raptor-themed favorites as well (yep, owls are raptors–I’m not 100% sure what that means, but I believe it’s something to do with hunting rodents). Find the full details for the zippered camera case at the end of this post.

3S’s Zippered Camera Case

1. Eul Print by Twamies
2. Ponsenby Owl – Cream by Abigail Brown
3. Owl Pocket Totem by Handy Maiden

Barn Owl Print by Lumadessa

1. Owl Measuring Cups from West Elm
2. Mr. & Mrs. Owl Creamer and Sugar Bowl from Anthropologie

Zippered Camera Case Details
1/4 yard exterior fabric
1/4 yard lining fabric
Ribbon (scraps of ribbon from previous projects will be just fine)
This project is sewn on a machine using a 1/4″ seam allowance

1. Cut the fabric: cut two 5″ x 3 1/2″ pieces from the lining and exterior fabric–these will serve as the front and back pieces. Cut three 2″ x 11″ pieces out of each fabric, to use as the sides. Cute a single 7″ x 3 1/2″ piece of exterior fabric, which will create the back pocket.
2. Attach the side fabric to the zipper as shown, and attach lining fabric on reverse side. Press and trim the entire piece to 2″ x 11″ so that the zipper is centered.

3. Fold the the ribbon over the top edge of the pocket piece in half and press. Attach this piece to the back piece with a narrow seam (less than 1/4″). If you want to be able to add a detachable strap to the case, you will need to attach ribbon loops to the top of the back piece at this point.

4. Sew the exterior fabric of your zippered piece to the front, leaving the lining unattached to the zipper (you should always sew the lining side to the lining side, and the exterior fabric to exterior fabric). Sew the front and back of the lining to the lining of the zippered piece.
5. Attach the third (bottom) lining side piece, leaving the bottom open on one side. Attach the exterior third side piece to create the bottom of the exterior of the case.

6. Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining and hand sew shut. When you want to snap a photo, now you can just unzip, point, and click!

4 Responses to “Shutter-bird”
  1. Hi, really nice camera bag. Tried sewing one myself, but your instructions are hard to follow particularly after the zipper is attached. Would be great if you could rather include step-by-step pictures and instructions.

    • Kate says:

      Hi Lindsay! Thanks for your feedback–especially since this is the most complicated pattern I’ve posted, it’s nice to know whether or not instructions are sufficient (good rule of thumb: the more sides you start adding to zippered bags, the harder it gets :| ). I agree, more pictures would make it easier to explain next time. If this helps, remember to always sew lining fabric only to other pieces of lining, and exterior fabric only to exterior fabric. So when you attach the zipper piece, which is lined, you’ll sew the exterior zipper fabric to the exterior front/back fabric. After that, you’ll sew the lining portion of the zippered piece to the front/back lining pieces. You’ll attach the bottom piece the same way as the zippered piece, but you’ll leave one side of the lining fabric open so you can turn the case right side out again. If you’re still hoping to make a camera bag, feel free to send along pictures of problem areas and I’ll do my best to help you through it!

  2. Thanks Kate. Will give it another bash and let you know how it goes.

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