Posted on | December 9, 2009 | 14 Comments |
Today the moving folks came to take part of our stuff. Even though it hasn’t really hit us, our (slow) big move to England is finally starting. We can’t wait and in my head I’m imagining all the places we’ll see and the food we’ll eat. You all know I LOVE to eat. You should have been there for our first date. I ate everything on my plate! My then not-even-boyfriend was in awe. It’s amazing that he called me up again the next day he he…
Today I took lots of naps and by late afternoon I was feeling better (thanks everybody for your well wishes). After my nap I started looking at felt gadget cases on Etsy. M’s big present this year is a camera. We decided on the Canon 1200 because it’s small, has a viewfinder, and has a lithium rechargeable battery. If it wasn’t for the viewfinder I’d have gone with a Panasonic (it has a Leica lens, wider angle, and did I say Leica glass?) but the viewfinder won. M likes taking pictures with my Canon dSLR but it’s just way too big and bulky for her to lug around. A lot of point-and-shoot doesn’t have a viewfinder and we want her to get use to looking at that little piece when taking pictures. Anyhow… I wanted a cute case for M’s new gadget and was actually ready to purchase this one from Suezybees:
when hubby said, “You can make one, you have all the stuff. You can die cut a cute bird or flower or something.” Hmmm, he’s got a point. So I gathered my butt load of felt and thread, needle, scissors, ruler, the crochet flowers Clouds made me, some PTI Christmas vintage buttons, and went to work. Two hours later (a pro can probably do this in 30 minutes) I got this:
Ignore the crookedness, ignore the bad corners, and just look at the big picture. You think she’ll like it? I hope so! Inside is an acrylic block which coincidentally is the size of the camera. For the flap, the flower was sewn on top of the button hole. This part was the hardest to do. It wasn’t hard, just nerve wreaking because it was the last thing and if I cut wrong then I’d have to rake my brain again to cover up my mistake or start over again.
I have to thank the hubby for pushing me to do this. I love felting but since I’m not so good at it I rarely do it. For this project hubby did more than motivate. He suggested hole + flowers + button flap instead of snaps and a button on top and that the button should be placed a bit to the side instead of centered. The best part of this project was that I made this while chit-chatting with him in the living room. We would have liked it better if we weren’t sick but we did make the best of it.
First the camera is 3.5×0.9×2.25. If your gadget is bigger/smaller, adjust accordingly.
For the tan felt: 4.5×3.5 which gave me .25″ on each side I’ll be stitching and an inch of space for the thickness of the camera. If you want it to be less snug, you can cut your felt to 4.5×3.75 or 4.5x4bag. The key is to remember your sewing space and the thickness of your gadget/case.
For the brown felt: 6.5×3.5
I think I should have done rounded corners. As you can see from my creation I’m not so smooth on them corners. Actually I’m not sure how to do corners. I’m a self taught stitcher. Any hints?
After all’s cut I sewed the buttons on to the flowers AND the tan felt. The button holes were right above the crochet flower holes and so it worked well for me. If you have crochet flowers with bigger holes I’d probably sew the flower to the felt first and then the button to the felt after.
Then comes the stitching. Now, since I’m no stitch expert I tried to use as long of a thread as I possibly could (I used two strands of thread tied together at the end making it into a four strand). Starting out is always tough for me for some reason so I try to avoid it as much as possible.
It’s not showing on the picture but the tan felt was stitched all around.
After the stitching comes the flap button, hole and flower. To do this close the flap. Place the flower on the flap to help visualize and after you’re happy with where it’ll be stick your needle to the center. Leave the needle there and place the button under it. Eye ball again, and again, and again. Sew this button on the to tan felt. Close the flap and place the flower on the brown felt on top of the button. Feel it again, and again, and again and cut. Cut as big as the button and stitch around it. Now, I’m not sure if you have to do this but I did it thinking it’ll make it last longer. I dunno tho for sure.
Last but not least with the white/light color thread sew the flower on. On my flap there’s no indication that the flower was sewn on. I did it very carefully.