Have I mentioned that my dear friend, Cathy, started a blog?
It’s called Lemon Tree Dwelling. And for a new blogger, she’s kind of killing it. (I’m probably too old to say that. Who am I kidding? I’m definitely too old to say that.)
Like me, Cathy is a stay at home mom. She’s an amazing stay at home mom. I’m always hearing about these super fun and creative activities that she’s doing with her kids. So, I was so happy when she started her blog. Not only was it something I thought she’d be really good at, but it was something for her.
Cathy just celebrated her birthday, and I really wanted to get her something to support this new endeavor. Something to show her how proud I am of her doing something for herself.
So the first thing I did was redesign her blog. (Do you hear that? It’s the sound of me patting myself on the back. I’m kind of proud of my newfound talents.)
I topped off the new design with her own custom watermark that she can easily add to her photos using PicMonkey.
Incidentally (cough . . . shameless plug . . . cough) I’m selling these watermarks in my etsy shop.
But I really wanted to give Cathy something tangible. And then I thought of the perfect blogging accessory! A fancy schmancy camera bag purse!
I found this bag at Goodwill . . . and I’m just a little bit embarrassed to admit this isn’t even the first bag from Goodwill that I’ve given Cathy for her birthday. That’s just how we roll.
The thing I really liked about the bag was that it had the main section in the middle, perfect for the camera and the extra lens. And then it had these little pouches on the side, that could hold a wallet, phone, and keys. Or you know, a diaper, ziplock full of baby wipes, and a small container of Cheerios. Whatever.
There are a lot of purse camera bag tutorials out there. I found this one from Vanilla & Lace the most helpful.
The exact measurements are going to be different depending on what type of camera you have, what you are trying to store, and the size of the purse. But I can tell you what I did, and you can use it as a guide.
Here are the supplies I started with:
- 1 yard of super swanky fabric (it wasn’t that swanky, but I thought it looked funky and cool)
- 1 yard of 1/2 inch foam
- 1 package of 1/2 inch wide velcro
Again, I only sewed velcro to the pieces that went on the side.
Once you make all four sides and the bottom, it’s time to make the pieces that you can move around to hold your camera and extra lenses in place. I only made two that will make for three compartments.
The purse I was using was 5 inches wide, so I made two 6 inch dividers. I did them the same height I did all the other pieces, though I wish I would have done them slightly shorter.
The fabric I cut was 9 inches by 5.5 inches to cover a 6 by 4 inch piece of 1/2 inch thick foam. The excess on the sides will be used for velcro.
I sewed the two right sides together using 1/4 inch seam allowance, and left both ends totally open. That allowed me to make the foam really centered.
Now fold the edges in a bit like you did with the other pieces, and pin it close on both sides. I actually used the pins to push the foam in a little and bend it out of the way. Then pin a piece of velcro in place (be sure to use the opposite of what you’ve already used! Ha!!). Now sew it up, baby.
Look at all your hard work! (In reality I’m a wannabe seamstress, and this took me maybe two hours.)
Now . . . how to get them to stay put in the bag . . . . I did, in fact, contemplate hot glue.
But I went a classier route, and decided to hand sew them into the lining. To start, I pinned them all in place,
and then pulled it inside out to make sure they were placed properly.
And then I just carefully stitched them into place. For the stitches that went around the top, I flipped it all back inside the purse.
And there you have it!
Seriously. This post took me longer than the bag!