Wednesday, September 22, 2010

sew many projects [a camera strap and an iphone case]

How cliche/overdone is that pun? You love it, don't lie :)

Remember how I told you that I made up with my sewing machine and now I can't stop sewing? Well, I meant it. And I sometimes find myself twiddling my thumbs, wondering what project I can come up with, just so I can spend a little QT with my sewing machine. The fact that The Boy has had some late nights this week has actually been quite lovely. I can indulge my habit and he doesn't feel bad for leaving me. Win-Win.

Last night, I whipped these up in less than an hour. That does my little impatient heart a lot of good. See that fabric up there? Toile. Love. How about a cutie little camera strap? Easy peasy.

1. Cut a strip to your desired length and twice the width of your camera strap (+ about half an inch all around for seams)
2. Hem the short ends.
3. Fold it in half, hotdog style and sew along the longest edge, leaving the ends open.
4. Turn it inside out, using your turn-inside-out device.

5. Iron it. Good, good.

6. Now slip your camera strap through it and you're done, sir, done!

So stylish :)

Now on to the second project, which deserves the following preface: I joined the Y, in hopes that paying $$$ to be in shape will make me feel guilty enough to do it. I'll let you know how it goes. And when I started thinking about my workout playlist [suggestions?] I started thinking about how I needed something to protect my iPhone from the sweat. Cue the cutie little iPhone cover...

1. Cut a piece of felt and a piece of fabric that is the width of your phone + an inch. My length was about 12 inches. Make sure the fabric is extra cute.

2. Sew the pieces together, with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Turn it inside out and then sew it all up.

3. Fold it in half, hamburger style [Laura, do kids still fold their paper that way?]

4. Sew along the three sides, leaving the top open.

5. I added a button and sewed on an elastic loop so my phone won't fly out in the middle of some crazy workout move. Hey, it could happen.

Confession: I did NOT sew on that button...I Gorilla glued it :) And so far, it's doing just fine.


Seriously, this took me less than an hour and I used fabric scraps from other projects. That's a happy feeling.

What have you been sewing lately? Give me some inspiration, ladies :)

Sometimes I like to here to see where I link!


  1. ahhh, love it. Makes me want to do some little projects like that.

  2. Great site. I just started sewing again. I'm making aprons right now for everyone I know.
    I'm a new follower from Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop. I hope you will return the favor and join Day by Day Savings. Thanks.

  3. Following from Talkative Thursday! I think following your blog is going to inspire me!!! What wonderful projects :)

  4. k that is TOO cute and i WILL be copying! :)

    new follower!

    found ya from thirsty thurs~come visit us sometime.

    :)kelli & kristi

  5. They do indeed fold paper like that. In fact, if I ever show them how to fold something and don't say hot dog or hamburger, they'll say, "Wait, so you want us to fold it hamburger style?"

    I bet my bro is gonna LOVE carrying around the camera with that toile strap around his neck... :-D

  6. I don't sew...whatchu talkin' 'bout? :P haha

    My poor mom tried to teach me to sew. I like the actual sewing part, on the machine...but I hated patterns, cutting stuff out, pinning things together, and using the seam ripper when it wasn't done right. ew.

    Cute stuff you've done lately though! :) I'm with Laura though, I can just see Andrew carrying that camera around with that strap on it. ;)

  7. AWK! You had me at the Paisley fabric!!! :) LOVE it! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  8. Great tutorials, so trying the camera strap tonight. AND I LOVE TOILE TOO!

  9. Hi- following from New Friend Friday. Beautiful blog! I need to make up with my sewing machine too- maybe I'll try some of these!

    Hop on over to my blog if you get a chance-

  10. Very cute, useful, and resourceful. Thanks for joining the party!

  11. Very cute. I love the fabric. And the tutorials help me out a TON! ;) I'll be back to see what else you come up with!

  12. Both projects are lovely. Now that I have a cell phone with a smooth screen like your iPod I can especially appreciate that. I am always worried it will get scratched with all the junk I have in my purse. Great way to protect it. Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! I hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

  13. Love it! I will be trying to make one of the ipod cases, and will let you know how it goes. I am a beginner sewer, and would appreciate it if you could check out my blog and give me some feedback :D

    Thanks much,

  14. This weekend I purchased a cherry blossom print straight skirt & turned into a skirt for my 10 year old. With the leftovers I made a skirt, headband & purse for her Target brand AG girl doll to go into her Easter basket. I also cut up an old white t-shirt & made a cordinating elastisized tube top to complete the outfit. All of that came from a $3 thrift store purchase & an additonal $1 for grosgrain ribbon.

  15. That is awesome. I love your idea. I am going to try to make like this for my iPhone. Thanks for sharing. en ucuz iphone


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