Step 1: Materials!
- Purse (I got mine from a thrift store for $2. Make sure it's large enough for your camera and extra lenses and such. Also, extra pockets on the outside are super handy for purse things, since you won't be using the pockets inside.)
- Fabric 1 yd (I chose a flannel print, since it's softer)
- Soft foam 1/2" thick approximately 24.5"x18" (Depends on the size of your purse.)
- Velcro (either sew on, or ready to stick. I used sew on.)
- Measuring tape
- Optional: Quilt batting for extra cushion
If you have a sewing machine, by all means use it! If you're going to hand sew, like I did, you're going to need:
- Thread that matches your fabric
- Optional: Thimble.
Step 2: Step 1: Measuring and Cutting Foam
Using a marker, trace out these measurements on your foam, and cut.
You should end up with five pieces for your general shape: one for the bottom of your purse, 2 for the large panels of your purse, and 2 for the smaller panels.
You will also cut out removable pieces that will later be velcro-ed into your bag. These should be measured by the height and width of your purse.
Note: Take into consideration the thickness of your foam. Do not measure your purse to the T, since the foam will fit a little too snugly. Give yourself a bit of leeway.
Step 3: Optional Step 2: Quilt Batting
You will need two pieces of batting for your extra foam inserts to be placed on both sides of your foam.
Step 4: Step 3: Cutting Fabric
2. Make sure the non-patterned side is facing you, and fold the fabric in half corresponding to your foam length.
3. Place your foam on the fabric. The batting is not necessary to have on right now. Since my foam was 1/2" inch thick, and we will essentially be stitching a "pillow case" for the foam, I made sure I had a 1/4" border around my foam. This will ensure that my fabric fits snugly around my foam.
4. Trace out a 1/4" border around your foam on the fabric either using a pencil or fabric chalk. If you want to use a sharpie, test it on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure it doesn't bleed through!
Step 5: Step 4: Sewing
2. You're going to stitch along the tracing you created in the last step! :) If you have a sewing machine, this is super quick, and you'll want to make it a single stitch. If you don't have a sewing machine, simply sew a single stitch along your traced outline. If you want extra strength, you can double back on your stitch.
Leave one side of your rectangle open! Do not stitch it closed! This is where you'll insert your foam!
Step 6: Step 5: Fabric Up Your Foam!
2. Turn your fabric inside out, so your fabric pattern is facing you. It should look like a little pillow case.
3. Stick your foam into your fabric case! If you chose to use batting, insert this after you put the foam in. Make sure your foam is all nice and straight, and it should sit snugly in the fabric case.
4. Sew shut the top of the case using a single stitch, and again you can double up if you want. Cut the excess fabric off.
Step 7: Step 6: Stitch It All Together!
You should end up with a nice, beautifully held together, cushiony "box" worthy of your delightful camera!
Step 8: Step 7: Velcro Your Inserts
Sew two strips of your velcro on the inside to allow for different placement of your inserts. This is easy, and you can even sew completely through your box if you'd like, since it will be hidden in a bag. Make sure your velcro is securely sewn in.
You will also sew velcro onto the sides of your foam inserts to correspond with your velcro lines. Use a thimble!
Step 9: Step 8: Ready to Put Into Your Purse!
You can sew the whole thing into your bag if you'd like. I didn't because I want the option of placing it in a different bag to match different outfits. It will fit into your purse just fine without being sewn in.
Step 10: Complete!
You can now take your camera everywhere without worrying about it getting damaged, or looking ridiculous with two bags! Simply place all your purse things into the sides of your case, or into the pockets on the outside. :)