Friday, 3 June 2011

Sew much fun!

Yesterday I had a lovely day of stitchery :)

I've been meaning for a while to make a padded camera strap cover - much as I love my new camera (and oh, I do!!) it's pretty heavy, and on the few occasions that I have had it round my neck for any length of time, it's started to get quite uncomfortable. I figured that a padded strap would help at least a little. I had a sort of idea of how it might go, but a quick Google of 'camera strap tutorial' and similar search terms didn't unearth quite what I'd envisioned so I decided to have a go at making it up as I went along....

Well, the first attempt didn't quite work out, but I'm pleased with the second :) Do you want to see it?


That shot doesn't really show off the gorgeous fabric from Ikea at its best.... Turns out it's not that easy to photograph the camera strap while it's attached to the camera, who'd have thought?! Maybe these will help:


(I wasn't feeling in a self-portrait kind of mood yesterday, sorry! So you can have a nice close-up of my chest, but you don't get to see my face....)

While the sewing machine was still threaded up with white I did a bit of stitching on a papercraft project which I can't share yet as (a) it's not finished, and (b) it's a surprise for someone!

Then I got out my black thread and bobbin, because I've had my eye on this tutorial of Shimelle's since she posted it, and on Wednesday I found t-shirts on special offer in Asda - result!

It won't surprise you to hear that Shimelle's instructions were clear and easy to follow, and I'm so thrilled with the cardigan I made:


The t-shirts had ribbon hanging loops, 2 of which I used to make a little tie for if I want to do the cardy up. I think it looks pretty good open or closed, myself :) Here's that reluctant model again:


I wonder when that Asda offer expires? I think I definitely need a white one of these, and quite possibly a couple of coloured ones, too....

22 comments:

Sian said...

I just happen to have some black thread in my machine at the moment too and today finally it is warm enough to look out some t shirts!

Great camera strap too - you'll be glad of it in the LA heat to protect your neck too

I'm glad you got your Pinterest invite - sorry, internet connection problems have stopped me sending mine out until now

Jo.C said...

They both look excellent - I am very impressed :)

Alison said...

I too am very impressed....sometimes I wish my sewing skills went beyond hemming!
Alison xx

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Wow, Mel! This is a great sewing post. LOVE the camera strap and those cute ruffles you put on that top. Well done!

Funny about your camera strap. The first one I made didn't work out at all, and the second one was already ON my camera before I remembered to take a photo. Reminds me that I still haven't blogged about it... xo

Scribble Monster said...

Lovely projects Mel, I especially like the cardies, it will be a bit beyond my non-existent sewing talents I think but you have done brilliantly.

Irene said...

I follow you as well and have loved everything especially the sewing projects today! Thanks for the comment!x

Jimjams said...

Brilliant sewing Mel - super creative!

Karen said...

Good for you! I love the tee shirt! I saw that tutorial, too and thought it was really cute. You'll be really glad to have the new camera strap (which is very smart looking.) Matt bought me one for Christmas a couple of years ago and I just love it!

Kirsty.a said...

That camera strsp is great. you should try selling them on Etsy. I hankered after the ruffled T too when Shimelle posted it, but i don't have a sewing machine and i hate hand sewing

Carrie Rosalind said...

Love the ruffles and extra love the camera strap! You are so talented!! :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great job on them both! Love the cardigan!

mise said...

You're very enterprising indeed, and everyone here in Ireland is sitting around rejoicing that you'll no longer be uncomfortable.

furrypig said...

I am impressed with your sewing! I really should try an get a sewing needle out again! ps you make a great model for the strap and the cardi!!!

Beverly said...

Magnificent! Great job on the strap I am sure you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner. The cardy is too cute (esp on the model) :>

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wow - love your take on Shimelle's cardi!
Rinda

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh cool stitchery miss mel,
jo xxx

Tracey said...

You're quite the crafty one!! The camera strap looks great, hopefully you'll be more comfortable now! :)

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

Oh, I so wish I could sew! Love both of these items, and am soooo jealous of the padded camera strap! You did a great job!! Thanks for linking up!

Winnie said...

Well done! The camera strap and cardi both look great!

JulieJ said...

SShhhhhhh...don't tell Shimelle, but i like your cardi better.

Cheri said...

Great job on both stitchery projects! I had seen Shimelle's tutorial and thought it looked simple and doable... and I'll have to consider a bit more... I'm generally not much of a ruffle kind of gal!

Heather said...

I too loved Shimelles tutorial but as I loathe sewing I will have to be content with admiring yours instead xx