Last month the Dafter turned 17. Golly! And I was very pleased to have a little surprise tucked up my sleeve to give her: a patchwork camera strap cover. This was an idea I’d had for nearly two years, but because she was so ill and we were together all the time, I never had a chance to do any secret sewing. However, over the Christmas holiday she was away seeing friends overnight, and I swung into action. I took a few photos to show those who might be interested in how I did it (see below).
She was extremely pleased. She uses her camera a lot, and I chose meaningful scraps. She recognised pieces left over from her coat-of-many-colours, her nappy bag, her thinking cap, my apron, a curtain that hung over a cupboard in our kitchen in Aberdeen, her star dress (when she was 1 1/2), the skirt I finished by hand on holiday in Paris, and other confections over the years.
The hardest thing was measuring the camera strap without being found out. Another day I rooted around in my cupboard for scraps to use. Then when I had a chance to sew, I made up a simple pattern extending about 2 cm each side, plus seam allowance. I decided on slanting pieces, as so:
I pieced the slanting strips, and then sewed them to a single long piece for backing. I then tested the entire thing by cutting a piece of cardboard the same dimensions as the camera strap, turning the cover right-side-out, and seeing if the cardboard fit easily, which it did. Then I turned it wrong-side-out again, and trimmed the seam to about 1/4″.
I turned it right-side-out again, and handstitched a hem for each opening.
I see I included a piece of the living room curtains as well! (A leftover scrap, not an actual piece of the curtains.) As you can see from the top photo, it tends to ride up a little bit, even though it fits perfectly when lying flat. If I were to make another one, I might add an extra half inch to each end. But it’s fine.
It was good fun, took just a few hours, and the best thing was her surprise, as she realised I had been pretty sneaky!
I wish you all a great weekend.