Tuesday was DT's 11 month birthday, as well as my dad's... hmmm... not 11 month birthday. Last year, I made him a very manly yoga tote
. He's been enjoying it all year long. This year, I went for some accessories for his other hobby - photography. I whipped up a camera strap cover as well as lens case for when you don't want to lug around an entire camera bag.
I hit my Lizzy House Natural History stash hard on this one, but he's worth it. I think the Twinkle Twinkle in Midnight Blue has the right blend of fun and subtlety. How's that for swanky fabric talk? To make the strap cover, I wanted to treat it like a miniature quilt, but not have to worry about binding it. So I layered it up and stitched around the outside, leaving one end open to turn it.
I trimmed the excess batting to reduce bulk...
Once it was turned right side out and the edge topstitched, I whipped out my trusty hera marker and make some random straight line quilting marks. Once I had quilted them, I bounced back and forth across the strap adding more stitching.
I've made camera straps for myself, but they've been a sleeve style that necessitates me taking apart my strap to change/wash it. Such a pain. For Dad's strap, I decided to make a sleeve with a velcro closure. Since I was using what I had on hand, I meant cutting down a 1 inch piece of velcro so as not to add too much bulk.
Though the navy thread doesn't match the velcro, I wanted to make sure the stitching didn't show on the exterior and take away from my quilting.
For the padded lens cases, I used this tutorial from Polka Dot Chair.
I'm not 100% sure what sort of lens she totes around, but the large case is huge. You could pack a small lunch in it! ☺ I wish I had started with the small case... instead of making three and having only one that's really usable. Oh well.
Instead of using the ¼ inch foam as directed in the tutorial, I opted to use two layers of cotton quilt batting. Why you ask? Because that's what I had on hand. Yup. That's how I roll y'all.
Today, I'm posting from Amherst, Nova Scotia where I'm shmoozing and talking up the lovely work of my Maritime Modern Quilt Guild pals at our Quilting Modern Show @ NS Fibre Fest
. I'll tell you all about it in an upcoming post!
I'm linking up to day with Finish Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, as well as TGIFF, hosted this week by The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
. I hope you'll come back next Friday when I'm hosting TGIFF and link up a finish or two. Happy week-end everyone!
Congratulations to all the birthday boys! Your dad is going to flip over these great prezzies. Even though he may not realize how much you love your Natural History stash. Using the velcro was a clever idea!ReplyDelete
What a great gift for your Dad. I may take your ideas and Sew one up for my son for Xmas. Happy birthday to DT and Dad. Wish I was in Amherst. For some reason I am missing NS a lot lately.ReplyDelete
Photography boys do seem to love getting handmade gifts to keep their lenses cozy. I made some pouches for my husband's lenses and he thanks me every time he pulls them out to use (yay!). I really like the velcro closure you added, and I hope both DT and your dad had a fantastic day yesterday.ReplyDelete
You picked a beautiful manly fabric for this gift. I like the tutorial and might use it to make a strap for myself.ReplyDelete
Great gifts for your dad. I love Twinkle Twinkle. I don't know what to do with mine.ReplyDelete
Isn't it great to be able to custom make gifts?!? It gives such a personal touch. Great job on the case and strap cover!ReplyDelete
Very thoughtful gifts for your dad! I may have to try a few of those myself :) Love the Twinkle, Twinkle fabric.ReplyDelete
Your Dad will love his custom made gift , great idea and a great job ! Nice to meet you yesterday .ReplyDelete
Love the fabric choice! And I really like the idea of using velcro so that it's easy on, easy off. You could have a different camera strap for every day of the week! :)ReplyDelete
You're a genius! These are great dad gifts! Good job using what you had. Your fabric choices were perfect. Bet you didn't realize you were saving them for such a special purpose!ReplyDelete
These are wonderful creative gifts.Happy Birthday to your Dad. I wish my Dad had hobbies I could make gifts for. He is a carpenter and has every tool he could use. I made him a case for chisels years ago. Natural History fabric is so fun. Thanks for linking up your finish with TGIFF.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the link to the lens case - I need one of those for out and about with my small camera - love the fabric you used - perfect choice!ReplyDelete
Very manly present!ReplyDelete
Also, a very swanky fabric talk, and very swanky Gingher scissors.