Sew a Simple Digital Camera Case
I just recently returned from vacation and brought my small digital camera along with me. Fortunately I had a cute little camera case that fit it perfectly so I thought I would create the tutorial for you here so that you too can sew a simple digital camera case. This project is super simple to make and can be made in about 30 minutes. Choose any fabric you like. I chose two quilting weight fabrics for my case. I supported those fabrics with interfacing and fusible fleece for a little padding. If you are a quilter or enjoying fabric piecing you could make yours to look like a camera if you like. I kept mine simple for this tutorial so that anyone with basic sewing skills could complete it.
The fabrics I used for this project were purchased at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to purchase the perfect fabrics for your camera case project. There are so many options to choose from. I also purchased the interfacing and fleece at Joann’s but both Hobby Lobby and Fabric.Com sell them as well. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
What you will Need: Sew a Simple Digital Camera Case
- Pattern that you can get here
- 10 x 11″ outer fabric for case
- 4″ x 41″ outer fabric for strap
- 10″ x 11″ Lining fabric
- 10″ x 11″ interfacing and fleece. I used a lightweight interfacing Pellon ES114 but you can use whatever you are comfortable with.
- Magnetic snap
Step 1: Cut out the pattern
Print out the pattern. Tape it together as shown in the photograph and cut around the edges. Place the pattern piece on the outer fabric and cut one piece. Cut one piece of the lining fabric, interfacing and fleece.
Step 2: Fuse the interfacing and fleece
First fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric following the manufacturers instructions. If you are unfamiliar with how to fuse interfacing it is a simple process. There is a glue side and a plain side to the interfacing. The glue side will be shinier. Place the glue side to the wrong side of the fabric and press the fabric with a hot iron until the glue melts and the interfacing fuses with the fabric and they can be treated as one. Repeat this process with the fleece by placing the fleece glue side down on the interfacing and pressing.
Step 3: Sew the Back sides
Take one of the long arms and and fold it so that it is lined up with the curved piece with right sides together. Sew. Repeat for the other side.
Step 4: sew the front sides
Sew the front corners together on each side to form a box shape. Turn right sides out. Create a crease on the front bottom to further delineate the box.
Step 5: Sew the lining
Sew the lining in the same way that you sewed the outer fabric. There will be no fleece or interfacing attached to the lining.
Step 6: add the magnetic snap
Place one half of the magnetic snap on the rounded area and one half on the front of the box you created. To do this measure from the bottom of the crease you created on the bottom and measure up about 3/4″ and center. It is simple to add the magnetic snap. Just cut two slits into the fabric. Insert the prongs of the snap through the slits and place the backing onto the prongs. Fold back the prongs. Add the other half of the snap to the top rounded portion of the lining fabric facing the inside. Measure 1 1/4 ” down and center from the top curve and insert the other half in the same way.
Step 7: Create the strap
Fold the strap piece in half lengthwise and press. Open the strap and fold in the sides so they meet at the center and press again. Fold in half so that the raw edges are enclosed. Top stitch along both sides of the strap.
Step 8: Add the strap and lining
Place the strap ends on either side of the outer piece and baste. Make sure the strap is not twisted. Place the outer fabric into the lining fabric so that they are right sides together and the strap is stuffed into the lining. The lining fabric will be wrong sides out. Carefully sew all around the top of the bag including the curved part leaving an opening at the front of the box for turning. Clip around the curve so that it will lay flat. Because of the size of the bag sewing the lining to the outer bag can be a little fidgety so just take your time.
Step 9: finish the bag
Turn the bag through the opening you left in the front of the box. Stuff the lining inside the outer bag. Press the the bag. Top stitch around the top for a more professional look. I like to use a 3.0 stitch length for my top stitching but you can use what is most comfortable for you. Add your camera and you have finished your simple digital camera bag.
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