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I made this padded denim camera case to match a laptop sleeve I have made.

Design criteria: I wanted a very simple, almost minimalist case - no extra pockets for batteries or SD cards; just a padded case with a simple closure that would be easy to open and close.

This is a reasonably basic sewing project but I am assuming you know how to work a sewing machine - straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, etc.
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Step 1: Materials and Equipment

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  • Denim recycled from a pair of jeans
  • Fleece blanket for padding
  • Cotton material for lining
  • Short length of 2mm elastic cord
  • Large button
  • Sewing thread

Standard Sewing Equipment:
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric shears
  • Thread snips
  • Pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Ruler
  • Chalk or fabric pen

  • Overlocker/serger

Step 2: Cut Fabric

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First I cut the fabric roughly to size. I ironed the denim and cotton lining to make sure it was flat and uncreased. For the main body of the case, I cut out a long rectangle, about three times the length of my camera - this gives a generous margin for stitching and later adjustments. The quilting process requires some extra margin because the fabric layers may move around.

I used a double layer of polyester fleece to make the padding inside the case. I sewed a test piece on my machine to make sure it could handle the thickness and the fabric would feed nicely through the feed dogs (which can be a problem for slippery fabrics like polyester).

I sewed the two layers of fleece together so they would stay together during the quilting phase.
I also pre-cut the fleece so that it would end up short of the sides of the case, reducing bulk when sewing and finishing the sides.
valentin.barbuleasa made it!10 months ago

This is what mine came out. It's not as pretty as yours but it looks ok.

pipe42 (author)  valentin.barbuleasa10 months ago

Wow, great job! I love the button you used.

You're a really good sewer! Another great project :)
pipe42 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you! I haven't been sewing for long, I feel like a beginner. :-)
Well, you look like an expert!