After receiving my Sony Bloggie, which is a mini-camcorder similar to a Flip camera, I realized that there were no cute or even functional cases on the market. Boo. But that didn’t stop me. I decided to design and make my own. I happened to have a scrap of coated tablecloth on hand, which I thought would make the perfect water-resistant cover for my camcorder.
The following is a tutorial that you can cater to your own mini-cameras or other electronic devices, using whatever scraps of fabric you might have around the house. Don’t just buy a boring camera case. Make your own!
Quilted Digital Camcorder Case
What You Need:
3 scraps of fabric that are large enough to wrap around your device with fabric to spare
Thread to match (or contrast the color!)
A tiny piece of jersey knit or stretchy fabric, or 3-4 inches of ribbon, elastic, etc.
Rotary cutter and cutting board (optional)
1. First, measure your device. Measure its height and diameter. Add about 1.5 inches to the height and 0.5 in. to the diameter for seam allowance and for finishing the open edge.
Next, decide which fabric will be the outer layer, which will be the inner layer, and which will be sandwiched in between the two. I have chosen to use a coated fabric on the outer layer and two pieces of jersey knit for the two inner layers. I happen to have a lot of jersey knit around, so used two colors for the inner layers and then a coated fabric for the outer layer, but you can choose to use a fabric that you are comfortable working with. A fabric with a little bit of stretch is nice but not necessary.
2. Use the measurements from your device to cut three rectangles, one from each piece of fabric that you’ve chosen. Make sure you measure twice so that you only have to cut once! You should now have three rectangles of the same size.
3. Layer the three rectangles, placing them in order with the outer layer face down, the middle layer, and then the inner layer facing up. Pin them together and make sure all of the edges match. Now you are ready to quilt!
4. I decided to quilt my fabric using diagonal parallel lines. You can use any pattern you like however- perpendicular diagonal lines, vertical or horizontal lines, checkerboard, or just freestyle! The point is to sew all the layers together and also give your fabric some texture. Make sure to sew with the top layer facing up.
5. Now, flip the quilted fabric over so that the inner layer faces up. Match the opposite edges together and pin the fabric, making a pocket for your device. On the top edge of the pocket, fold over 1 in. so that the outer layer shows (as seen in the photo). This is so that the top has a finished edge. You may want to check the fit of the pocket with your device at this point to make sure that your case is not too small or too large.
Pin it once you know you have a good fit and sew the bottom and side together with the inner layer facing out (meaning inside out!). Make sure to go slow on the upper edge that is folded over, as you are sewing through 6 layers of fabric and that is a lot for some machines to handle!
6. At this point, I chose to hand-sew the upper unfinished edge. If you can figure out a way to do this on the machine, go you! I didn’t . But I like to hand-sew, so I didn’t mind.
7. Flip it inside out! Check out the fit of the device in the pocket again just to make sure. It should be nice and snug! At this point you may want to take a pen and push the corner out. You may also want to trim some of the seam allowance if there is a lot inside. It is also a good idea to sew once more around the bottom and side seam on the inside to add extra strength to those seams.
8. OK, here comes some more hand-sewing.
Pick out a cute button and sew it onto one outer upper edge of the pocket (see above photo).
Find a tiny piece of stretchy fabric and cut a little piece long enough to attach to the inside of the case, loop over it to the other side around the button, and attach again to the inside (see picture above). I used a little piece of jersey knit. You could also use a piece of ribbon, elastic, etc. I whip-stiched this piece onto one inner upper edge of the pocket to create a loop that leaves enough room to go over my device and attach to the button. This way, my device will not fall out of its case.
TADA! Now you can travel with your mini-camcorder or camera with peace of mind.
Tell me what you think in my comments, or add any suggestions for improvement. I must say, people have asked me where I bought my awesome case, and I’m always proud to say I designed and made it myself. Happy filming and photographing!