For my aunt's birthday she requested that I make her a camera bag. I of course thought, "Hey, no problem, I've already made this camera bag, I'll just make one for her using the same pattern. Easy-peasey"... WRONG.
The problem was that my aunt wanted a bag big enough for both her large DSLR and an extra lens, and the largest size in the pattern from Michelle Patterns that I used to make my padded camera pouch is nowhere near big enough to hold her camera let alone the extra lens. Okay, I had to scrap the idea to use the pattern... instead I decided to make my own.
For years before I became a serious sewist I made up all of my own bag patterns, and believe me, they were functional but not pretty. Over the last few years though since I've been serious about my sewing I've picked up lots of new tricks and I wanted to use them to make this camera bag.
Here was the check list of features I wanted the bag to include:
-lots of padding
-zippered pocket for phone/wallet
I actually managed to get all of the things on my checklist done except for the adjustable strap. I couldn't find any hardware locally for the strap so instead I just made it a fixed length.
For fabric I went with a line I knew she would love, Good Fortune by Kate Spain, which I had a charm pack of as well as some fat eighths I bought from Bloomerie Fabrics. For the lining I used a solid purple that I had laying around.
I cut each charm in quarters and then arranged them to make a patchwork exterior. I kept the quilting very simple and just straight-line quilted 1/4 inch from each seam on the patchwork. For the bottom I faked the patchwork quilting since I used a solid piece of fabric for the base instead of making it patchwork.
|Base of Bag|
To make the bag a little more special I did a little embroidery in the flap. I used one of the prints from Good Fortune as inspiration and drafted my own pattern on the flap and then embroidered it using perle cottons. It's kind of hard to see in the pictures since the patchwork background is so busy but I think it adds a graceful touch to the bag.
|Detail of Embroidery on Bag|
|Open Zippered POcket|
To be honest, I've been wanting to make a camera bag for my own DSLR + extra lens for a while now and just haven't made the plunge, so making one as a gift to kind of "test the waters" has been great. Now I just need to find the time and the perfect fabric so I can make one for myself hopefully before Sewing Summit next month **fingers crossed**.