Last week, I wrote about my love for Kate Spain in THIS POST, today I'm showing you my latest project using a gorgeous little FQ bundle of Cuzco! I finished this a couple of weeks ago, so it has been very difficult for me to keep it to myself, waiting for my turn on the Kate Spain Blog Hop! I hope you've been keeping up with the hop over at Blossom Heart Quilts? You can find all the dates HERE.
So - what did I make? Well, I bought myself a whizz bang new camera a few weeks ago, and at the same time, bought a generic black camera bag from the same store. And kept the tags on. Because I really didn't like it. And I really didn't want to pay
a million dollars $150 for the only store bought camera bag I saw and thought was ok. So then began a Pinterest search to rival no other! I was determined to make my own goddamn camera bag!
Many days of searching and second guessing myself later, I found the Sew Sweetness Paparazzi camera bag pattern. And it was $8 well spent! I made a trip to my local Clark Rubber store and bought some foam for the padding and then took to my beloved Cuzco with gusto!
And this my friends, is the end result........
I love, love, love it! I mixed the Cuzco with some lightweight denim I had in my shelves, and added some quilting to the handles and trim, as well as the side/bottom panel.
I found a gorgeous blue zipper to pop in the back and surprised myself with a new way of inserting a zip!
The side panels of the bag have one inch foam padding, and then there are removable foam padding inserts in the base of the bag and also to put between your camera and accessories. The pattern calls for rows of velcro to be sewn on the inside of the bag, and also on the edges of the padding. However - after sewing one row on, I decided against the velcro. I'm still trying to work out how to make the padding work for me!
The pattern also gives you directions for using hidden magnetic closures, but I chose to use my good old handy snap machine with some co-ordinating blue snaps.
And just to make sure it was a great functional bag - this beauty has just travelled all the way to Fiji and back! Not only did it carry my camera and accessories - it also served as my handbag/travel bag! So I think I can safely say it's great!
What I love most about this bag is the bright and bold colours. I loved that each time I opened it up to get something out, I was greeted with those vibrant oranges and pinks. Needless to say, the generic black camera bag was returned for a refund, and no million dollars spent. Instead I have this one of a kind, unique bag which cost me around $35 to make! Winner!
Thanks again to Alyce over at Blossom Heart Quilts for running this amazing Blog Hop! I'm loving visiting all the blogs involved and drooling over all the fabulous Kate Spain inspired projects! Be sure to link up any new projects you have made this month using Kate Spain fabric lines on the 28th of June. I know I will be!