Camera Bag-Restyled Purse

I was gifted with a new camera for Christmas, but it didn’t have a case. I looked high and low for one, but wasn’t impressed by the selection. Too masculine. Too boxy. Too expensive, while looking really cheap. Seriously, as a crafter, I know how much fabric costs. Why are they charging a mortgage payment for a bag made from dollar a yard fabric?

Well, it’s been a few months and I hate taking my camera anywhere. I’m afraid it’s going to become damaged. When I do take it with me, I wrap it in a towel and slip it in my purse. Classy, huh?

Finally a Eureka idea! I had a purse that I loved, but was never satisfied with how small it was. Okay, at this point, you are probably thinking I’m hard to please. Really, I’m not. Really. Anyway, I decided I could deconstruct the purse and reconstruct it into a camera bag.

This is a bare-bones tutorial on what I did. Everybody’s camera is different, and so are purses that may be used. Sharing my measurements and specifics will do you no good. You’ll just have to be satisfied with the techniques I used and my problem-solving explanations. You’ll also have to trust me that this worked for my camera. I can’t take a picture of my camera.

I turned the bag wrong side out and cut out the lining. It wasn’t going to be needed and this project was too fiddly to begin with. I didn’t want to use a seam ripper, because it looked like the seam was the same one that had attached the zipper, so I just cut as close to the seam as possible.

I did use a seam ripper to remove the little loops on the ends of the handle. I liked the way they looked and wanted to reuse them when I had the bag altered. Things didn’t go that smoothly though. Once the seam was gone, I realized the little rivet thingies on the loops went through the purse. The rivets had to be removed, and the only way to do that was with pliers. They (the rivets) were a mess after that. They couldn’t be reused. That left me with two holes in both handle loops. Hmm, more on that later.

With the bag still turned wrong side out, I cut off the sides of the purse. I also cut little squares in the bottom corners so that when I re-sewed it, the bag would have a flat bottom. Also, and this is key, I didn’t cut the excess zipper on either end. I’ve shortened a zipper like that before and it always ends up splitting on the finished project. The excess won’t show anyway. It get’s tucked between the purse and lining.

Stitched and turned right side out.

I sewed the loops back on over the side seams, then I was left with those unattractive holes.

I dug around in my craft room for awhile, and came up with nail heads. You know, those things with the prongs on the back. It took a little (lot) brute strength to get the prongs through all the layers, but I finally succeeded. They don’t match the rest of the rivets on the purse, but my husband said if I hadn’t told him, he wouldn’t have noticed.

Finally I was left with the lining. I had a failure for this step. The foam I had was too thick and didn’t mold into the corners of the bag. It looked horrible. I slept on it. This morning I went digging through my craft room again. I found an old mattress pad. Perfect! Using the dimensions of the camera bag, I made a mattress pad bag and a matching bag using my lining fabric. I put them together and attached them. Lastly, I inserted the padded lining in the camera bag and glued the top edge in place. Don’t judge. I needed the case right away (prom is tonight) and I didn’t want to press my luck with sewing.

The Country/Western Star

I think this table would be perfect in country, ranch or cabin decor. Yippee ki-yay!

Country/Western Table

I found the table at an auction. One of the curly handles was missing. Nobody wanted it, so the auctioneer offered it to me. Hey, don’t judge me! It was free! As I was toting it to my car, I noticed something on the ground. It was the missing handle. Yep, it was meant to be.

I reattached the handle, added numerous screws that were missing and used wood filler to fill in and smooth out a multitude of problems. Once the structure of the table was repaired, the transformation was ready to begin.

I sanded the table…and sanded the table…and sanded the table. Have I ever mentioned how much I despise sanding?

I had this barn red paint I was excited to try. My son thought it was funny that I was painting a brown table red, when a couple of weeks ago I painted a red chair brown. What? Hey kid, this is technical stuff!

I liked it, but it needed more something, something. I stenciled several white stars of differing sizes on the table’s top. Feeling a bit quirky, I clustered them all together and off center.

Time for aging. Yes, it was old looking when I started, but my way allows it to look old gracefully. I sanded the painted surface. I don’t mind this kind of sanding. It’s usually pretty quick. Once cleaned up, I applied a light brown paint-stain.

And she’s done!

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New Craft Projects

Just a few recently finished projects.

Bunny Head Bowl Fillers
These are made using tea-dyed chenille

Star Bowl Fillers
Also made from tea-dyed chenille. Wrapped with lace and suede strip.

Rag Dolls
These are one-of-a-kind.

The red headed dolls are 18 inches tall.

The brunettes are 15 inches tall.

Favor Bags

The appliques were shabby stitched to the fronts using a variety of scrap fabrics and shapes.

Made using quilt scraps.

Made using quilt scraps.

Owl Bowl Fillers
This is a new design using quilt scraps. I’ll post the tutorial link when it has been published.

Crochet Flower Appliques
Approximately 2 inches in diameter. Just a little something to add to a hat, tote, clothing, gift wrap…

Recycled Book into a Flag Decoration

I love free projects. I didn’t spend any money on this design. All the supplies were already in my craft room. You can find the tutorial here.

Recycled Book Flag

3-D Blue Jean Star-Tutorial

This star worked up into a charming country decor accessory. It’s humble beginnings come from a cardboard 3-D star from the Dollar Tree and blue jeans I recycled from my closet. You can find the tutorial here.

3-D Blue Jean Star