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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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Materials:
  • 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

Optional:
  • Overlocker/serger

Step 2: Cut Fabric

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.
You're a really good sewer! Another great project :)
pipe42 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick8 months ago
Thank you! I haven't been sewing for long, I feel like a beginner. :-)
Well, you look like an expert!