Monday, January 13, 2014

Homemade Camera Purse

Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you had a great weekend!! I have a craft project to share with you today, and it has nothing to do with paper :)

I have always enjoyed photography, but I never really learned all about my camera. One of my resolutions for this year is to learn as much as I can to take better pictures. I've signed up for a couple of courses and have been reading as many books as I can. I'm even shooting in Manual Mode with Back Button Focusing!! So, I have been taking my camera with me when I go places to practice. I have a Kata Backpack to carry my equipment, and it's nice, but a bit bulky. Plus, it isn't convenient to try to quickly switch a lens. So I started to look for a camera purse instead. My jaw dropped when I saw the prices on the ones I liked...over $300!! That's outrageous!! So, I dug through my closet, found this leather Kenneth Cole bag that I used to carry as a briefcase sometimes and thought it would make the perfect camera purse.


My Mom actually did most of the work on this...okay, all of it!! My contribution was cutting the foam and stuffing it into the pieces when she finished sewing them together :)


There are inserts that velcro to the sides so you can move or remove however you need.


There is plenty of room to hold the equipment I need, plus there are pockets on both sides that could carry an iPad or whatever, and a zippered inside compartment as well.


The entire padded area is one piece and can be removed. I took pictures along the way and thought about putting together a tutorial if anyone is interested. The entire project cost me less than $30 (not counting the price of the bag). I did have to order the 1/2 inch foam and the Paris material online. The bottom piece of foam is 1 inch thick and I purchased a small piece at Joann at 50% off. It works perfectly and I absolutely love it!!

I am entering this in the following challenge: 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes

Thanks for letting me share my...er, my Mom's project with you today :) 

48 comments:

  1. great job on this bag wow you and your mom are a team. hugs

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  2. Fabulous! What a wonderful job you ...er...your Mom did on this bag! I have priced some of the "pretty" camera bags and quickly decided to stay with my plain old ugly camera bag. I mean really...think how many stamps, inks and dies you can buy with 300 bucks! This is way prettier and I love the way it all comes apart as needed. You guys are a great team! Good luck with all those photography classes and be sure to share any great tips that you come across!

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  3. Lisa this is brilliant and your and your mom did an excellent job of upcycling your leather bag. Very smart to make the insert removable too. Happy camera learning and photographing...

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  4. I'ts perfect!! Nothing like shopping in your own closet for those much needed items :) I love it when I surprise myself by finding something tucked way WAY back and thinking OH, I didn't even remember I had that! :) Love this bag muchly!

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  5. Love love love this you did a fabulous job thanks for sharing!!!

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  6. WoW! What a great way to re-purpose an old purse! And a crafty Mom, Lucky girl! Carri~Abusybee
    Skittles!

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  7. This is AWESOME!!! What a GREAT recycle project!!!!!

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  8. Wow an ingenious idea! You and your mom did an awesome job and it looks so good :)

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  9. I tried to send you an email but I can't find a link to you....where are you taking your classes at?? I've just enrolled in another online class myself, I LOVE learning this photo stuff....oh my, it may be crowding out my papercrafting, if I dare admit!!! ;) Your bag turned out terrific, it looks just like one I actually purchased on Etsy a while back....your mom did a super job!!!

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  10. WOW! This looks factory made. Very neat! Beautifully done.

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  11. The photographer in me likes this a lot. I cannot sew.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  12. Awesome recovery from your closet Lisa! LOL!

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  13. My sweetest friend, this camera purse is gorgeous! You and your mom make one talented team. :o) Such a brilliant upcycling project. The bag itself is lovely, but made even lovelier by its transformation. I love how functional you made it (which is vital, obviously). The Paris material you chose is exquisite. I continue to be excited for your photography journey, Lisa! I'm excited to see you blossom as a photographer, as you have so beautifully as a crafter. :o) Have a beautiful day, my treasured friend!

    Hugs and blessings!

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  14. I think your mom did fabulous work on the bag, Lisa! That upcycled bag looks so professional. I really loved the way you have upcycled it. And, definitely easier on the pocket :)

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  15. Oh! That is awesome! Great idea and reuse!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  16. This is a fabulous idea and your Mom did an excellent job of making those sections - wonderful. And you did good too - stuffing them :-)

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  17. WOW!! You and your Mom did a fabulous job! I love the idea of making something old new again!

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  18. You ladies did a marvelous job on this project, Lisa! Best wishes to you as you pursue your photography this year. I love photos too, and have a nice camera that unfortunately doesn't get used like it should! Can't wait to see your photos this coming year!

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  19. what a great way to re-use that old purse. Love the Paris material. Mom did good. :-) Enjoy learning to use your camera. I have a regular point and shoot but it does have different modes on it which I don't have a clue about - especially the manual ones. While in London, I had to use the low light feature on the auto settings just to get whole buildings into the lens. :-/ anywho...have a great day!

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  20. Oh my god this is beautiful lisa !!! :)

    Vic xx

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  21. Wonderful job Lisa! I am so proud of you! I agree $300.00 is outrageous! I am a very thrifty person and love to sew and craft add certainly would make a camera bag before I would spend that kind of money on one. I think everyone should be more thrifty and creative!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  22. I need me one of these I have quite a bit of Lens and the bags are so expensive. Love this and Awesome Job.

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  23. Lisa you r camera bag is cool and I love your resolution..its been my dearest wish to take better photos too
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  24. What an awesome solution! I need a camera bag too so I loved seeing a cute idea to save money :)

    Best crafty wishes!
    Amber
    Staying Crafty

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  25. What a wonderful idea Lisa, thanks for sharing it.

    Hugs diane

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  26. A wonderful idea....The bag is Beautiful!! Congrats to you & your mom!!
    In my part of the family, my mom sews...She loves it!!
    So when me & my mom get together we find a project and then sew together. Usually she is showing me and I do the touch up. '
    TFS
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    M'
    Crafting With Creative M

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  27. We never stop needing our Moms! Mine has been gone for 20 years and she is still a huge part of my life. Congrats to you both!

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  28. What a great idea, Lisa! Your bag is beautiful and your mom is awesome!
    Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  29. Wow, this is super cool! What a great idea and to turn a recycled item into something like this is incredible! Congrats to both you and your Mom....how exciting to do that together...woot woot!!
    I really should take some photo classes to or maybe just learn my camera better to-thanks for all the inspiration you always put out there!!!!
    You ROCK!
    Sherrie K

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  30. Oh my gosh - Yay to MOM!!! This looks fabulous! Love how it turned out!

    I so would love to learn more about my camera too!
    Awesome project my friend!
    Have a fab evening!
    Shelly

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  31. WOW! this bag is amazing and so chic looking my dear friend, hooray for moms:) !! I too would love to learn more about my camera:) Awesome project and tell it's amazing! TFS
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  32. oops meant to put "tell your mom she did an amazing job"

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  33. BEAUTIFUL job Lisa, such an AWESOME idea!!!! LOVE IT, Have a SUPER DUPER Day my sweet friend!!! :)

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  34. WOW!!!! Awesome bag, you are one crafty girl!!!!!

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  35. How awesome! I love it! Great mom and daughter team work:)


    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hugs!
    Monica L.

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  36. Wow, you have created a fantastic & so very individual camera bag, that is all your very own signature style. Your Mom did a terrific job on this assignment. I'm applauding you for taking the photo classes. I need to do the very same. I'm impressed with the manual setting, and have no clue about the Back Button focusing. I have Nikon 520 that I like, but just need to learn how to use it properly! TFS your beautiful project & looking forward to hearing about your photo progress.

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  37. OMG, Lisa this fabulous. You and your mom did beautiful job. Hope u come link it up over at 2 Creative Chicks.

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  38. Do you need a sister? I need help to get one done! lol
    This looks awesome. Now you can go out to practise in style! :)

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  39. This looks amazing my friend! You have a very talented Mum! ( And you of course) Lol.

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  40. Great idea Lisa- looks like it will protect the camera and not be too heavy
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes January Linky Party. Have a great day.
    DIANA L.
    dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  41. Well, that is certainly a creative and extremely useful idea!!! It turned out wonderful and how great to "recycle"!! I am back "online"...yah....can't wait to see your next "creations"...have a warm and cozy weekend!!

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  42. Love this Lisa! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

    Have a creative day.
    Pam
    ♥ Scrap N Sew Granny ♥
    ♥ Pam's Stitched With Love ♥

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  43. You go girl!!! I would love to use my camera to its potential.

    You and your Mom did an amazing job.

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  44. Awesome Lisa.......good luck with the lessons, sound like something I need to do!

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  45. Fabulous use of an item stored away in the closet. I love how you did the inside to hold all of your camera accessories.
    Hugs,
    Cindy Lou

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