I am one that is fairly protective of my camera, and want it to live happily safe and sound. I also do not like to spend money. However, the biggest problem I run into is that I haven't found a camera case the size I wanted to fit my camera. So, what is one to do? Well make one of course!
(I would like to insert a disclaimer. I love to sew, have been doing it since the age of eight. I however do not like patterns, or really following the rules persay. I just sort of make them up as I go along. That being said, none of my work is extremely professionally finished, but it works. Plus, I enjoy how things are, and that is all that really matter. So be forewarned, if you think you can do this better, feel free to.)
Now, I think it is the architect in me that wants to have everything at right angles, and nice and rectangular, but I just measure everything. I measured the back and one side of the camera, added it together, gave myself a bit of a seam allowance, and decided to cut it there. Did the same the other side as well.
Step 2: Cut
I took my measurements, and cut it out. I like to use a rotary cutter. Love that tool. When I finally got it, and paid more than I wanted for it, I was so glad I had. I use it to cut everything! Also may be because I cut squares mostly, but man, no idea how I lived before. If you don't have one, get one, you'll thank me.
Step 3: Make two
Now, I was so pleased with myself, got my piece cut out from my extra fabric, live was wonderful. Then I realized I needed two pieces because I was going to stuff it. Silly me. So, don't be like me, make two to start with. But if not, I just traced over the cut with my rotary cutter, and I was done. So easy...
Step 4: Sew the sides
I chose to do my thread in red. For two reasons really. One, I like contrast. The red and the purple went well together. I liked it. I also don't really care if it matches, I think those who are obsessed with matching thread are sometimes crazy about it. But, the main reason is it was already on the machine and I wasn't in the mood to change it. Do whatever color you want. Dye your thread to match you fabric if you really want.
Step 5: Stuff it
I happened to have a bunch of stuffing laying around. Left over from a huge pillow project I never finished. And I took some of it, and shoved it in the hole. Notice I hadn't sewn the one side, so I had plenty of room to stuff. I made it just poofy enough to be fluffy, but not over sized.
Step 6: Sew the columns
Now, I had done this before and was super pleased with the results, so I decided to do it again. Partly because you want the stuffing to stay, partly for looks, sew columns into it. I made sure they went the way that I was going to fold it over to make the case, but do it however you want. I just picked a random width, and tried to stay on it.
Step 7: Sew Shut
I found it very handy that the columns worked out so that the last one was about the size of the last pocket. I then sewed up that last side, and can I tell you, don't know which is which. It helps with ease that I didn't want to hide the sewing, so I didn't turn it inside out. I figured I couldn't hide the columns, do why hid the rest.
Step 8: Sew it together
Then you take it and fold it over, and sew the side and bottom. I did the side first, just so it wouldn't be hard to hold. The original plan was to have a top flap. Once again, I planned wrong, but I loved this when it came out anyways. There are now like two inches of fluff at the top. I just shove the camera in, and can fold it over, but it stays nice and protected.
I love my camera case now. It lives in my camera bag, which hopefully I will show you soon. Do let me know if you decide to make your own, and show me below! Thanks for checking this out!