Sunday, March 13

Swollen with pride

When I received a third lens my camera's living quarters became veeery cramped. My lenses were stacked on top of each other and cycling with my camera bag felt as if I were juggling eggs.
I knew I needed a replacement and I also knew I really, really didn't want to fork out for a larger camera bag. Let 's face it, even the budget ones are expensive and with very few pricey exclusions they are all pretty darn ugly.



I had a look around blogland and came across some awesome tutorials on how to transform a regular handbag into a home for your camera:

Jacqie of Tales of the Wife and Angela of Painting Chic provided the most in depth details on how to make the foam lining (I went with Jacqie's way around of bottom + front + back in one piece which seemed more appropriate considering the shape of my bag).

Jen of Jen and Steve's bag conversion is pretty awesome too and I really liked Abi of Vanilla & Lace's extra inserts, such as her lens holders. Kristina of Moms Who Click used reassuringly thick padding all around.

I love all the individual touches but you'll see that the basic construction is very similar in all of them so they should give you a good idea of how to go about making your own.





The hardest part was figuring out what sort of bag I wanted to use. I've always had a soft spot for pale blue vinyl carry ons. Also vinyl = pretty darn water resistant. Bonus. Finding one that wasn't ridiculously large was the *snigger* BIGGEST challenge. I went for a 15" long x 10" high x 5" wide shoulder bag in the end. They're quite easy to come by on Etsy and it comfortably fits all my gear + handbag essentials. Good bye Stef-two-bags. Hello roomy camouflage camera bag!





I was quite worried my rudimentary sewing skills might not suffice but I finished my DSLR's padded quarters in one evening :) I haven't got a machine and my hand sewing is attrocious so hurray! for working on the reverse side - the end result looks just perfect despite my child like stitching and the foam is super soft. If my camera was a cat I assure you there would be purring coming from that bag.

Bag: Etsy
Foam padding: amazon (I tried the real world but the hardware store failed me)
Fabric: Etsy - originally used as a photo backdrop

Wearing:
Headband: Camden Market way back
Dress: H&M some years ago
Scarf: ex-Mom's
Cardi: some supermarket
Tights: welovecolors
Shoes: Office

38 comments:

  1. Tee hee! love the image of a purring camera! And your handiwork looks fine indeed - such a great idea. At the moment I have my mini camera that fits in my pocket, but at some point I may need to bite the bullet and get a real camera.

    That mid-length shot of you is spectacular - those colours make you look etherial.

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  2. Hello lovely :)!

    i really like your blog! looks so nice....your blog inspired me!!!

    i follow you! Please follow me too! Thanks & Kisses ;)

    Wish you a great start in the new week :)

    with love
    Mariza
    http://mar-iza.blogspot.com

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  3. That's such a great idea! I pretty much never take my camera with me, anywhere, because I don't want to take my camera bag as well as a handbag, i.e., I'm lazy. But I may have to try this, if I find a good bag...Thanks for the links. And great photos as usual! (They make me feel like my nearly three years of studying photography were wasted when I compare them to mine ;])
    -Andi x

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  4. Emily_RubySlippersMarch 13, 2011

    Luckily this is a problem I don't have, not having any lenses or anything. But it has certainly turned out much chic-er than your average camera bag!

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  5. LavilleinconnueMarch 13, 2011

    I love that bag! I must try this sometime, my camera never feels very safe in my handbag...
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  6. Thanks I studied photography too - I feel a little guilty style blogging is currently the main use of my skills. Oh well - I am keeping in practice! :D

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  7. Very cool new camera bag - I'm a non-sewer myself, so I'm very impressed.

    Love today's outfit too - wonderful, spring-like color combination.

    Gracey

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  8. Emily, Resplendent TranquilityMarch 13, 2011

    A job well done! You never know... those lenses might take on cat-like qualities and start purring, especially considering their foamy, cozy new home ;)

    I really like the mish-mash of textures & details in your outfit: fringe, pointelle, ruffles, pocket ruching, buttons!

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  9. ooohh...i love your bag. now i just need to get a lovely big camera and some lenses. :)
    all the green in your outfit looks absolutely beautiful on you.
    xoox

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  10. that second pic is just adorable with your little mischievous facial expression :D I love your baaaaag and that is SUCH a good idea! I would never have gotten the idea to customize a bag like that, and I'm usually pretty good at out of the box thinking, but I bow down to my superior :D

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  11. Oh You are so cute! I love all the colors in your outfit! And I do really like your header :)


    Fashezine

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  12. Kathy 5678 VintageMarch 13, 2011

    cute bag! I really need to get a proper bag for my camera rather than chucking it in a shopper with everything else. Thanks for the Amsterdam tips, they are great! I am so excited about going but i've done zero reserch so far :) x

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  13. Oooh what a great idea! I'll have to keep it in mind if I ever manage to afford a dSLR, haha ;)
    I really like this outfit combo too, the dress and cardigan are so sweet!
    M xo

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  14. A very smart DIY, I own several of those blue vinyl bags, I'll have to try converting one of them!

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  15. first of all, I love your outfit. Secondly, that is an AMAZING idea! I would have never thought to add padding to a regular bag, Im considering trying this!

    - www.itsanewkate.blogspot.com

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  16. Well done on the camera bag. Your outfit is lovely. I love the way the salmon color of your scarf just pops out!

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  17. Genius. i love the powder blue. such a good size too.
    I miss office, your shoes are devine.
    x

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  18. Oooooo I could quite happily curl up in your bag and have a nap - lovely patterns and colour. Your second photo is just so lovely, you really are a talented photographer. ^U^

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  19. Well done! Wish you a wonderful week. Greetings from Norway

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  20. what a wonderful idea! you did really well with it :) may have to try this sometime too, its so personal which makes it even better!! <3

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  21. Great job with the bag! That's how I got my camera bag today as well. I found it at a nearby Goodwill thrift store and got some inserts (although I should have made mine). Ah well.

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  22. oh my gosh that looks really hard to make and must have taken a lot of patience and hard work. I love your outfit as always.

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  23. cute dress!! i also love vinyl carry-on bags from the seventies, but never really had an excuse to buy one because they're not terribly practical. this is such a great idea, and if ever i have a camera that needs a bag i'll have to try it :)

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  24. You look gorgeous! I loove this outfit :)

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  25. Oh wow, when I get more lenses I am totally doing this. Such a great idea! I absolutely hate carrying around my ugly camera bag!

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  26. isn't the internet an incredible source? this is THE cutest bag! nice work!

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  27. Crystal LeeMarch 14, 2011

    What a lovely color combination in your outfit & love the blue skies traveling/camera bag.

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  28. whooaaa!! soooo cool!!! i love the bag you chose to transform. genius and such a brilliant color. i love your scarf, too (and that thing on your head).

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  29. Oh you look so cute!! I love your glasses and your camera bag <33

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  30. First of all, I adore your cute outfit & beautiful pictures. So cool that you turned a regular bag into a safe house for your camera & lenses. I've been searching for a *cute* camera bag for such a long time, I might just do this!

    KF x

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  31. I absolutely LOVE your header! Its so pretty, and I love the dollhouse look. Also, what a great idea for making a new camera bag, I never would have though to do that. You picked a lovely fabric!

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  32. I love the camera bag and I would never have known it was a DIY. Nice work! I also love how incorporate so much color and texture into each outfit. For instance, the sweater has the little ruffles and the dress has buttons and the scarf is fringe-y and it is all so visually appealing. Great location too, as always.
    You're such an inspiration!

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  33. Sweet bag! Thanks for linking to me. =)

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  34. I love that dress with the soft coloured accesories. I LOVE the bag you choose to make your camera bag! I made one for myself a few weeks ago but this would be such a great size! Im gonna keep an eye out for one!

    Shy

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  35. Just wanted to let you know that as always, you leave the best comments! You obviously take the time to read and think about things which is much appreciated!
    I can't believe you made your own camera bag - that's awesome! And it's so pretty too! Major props to you for being nice to your camera (and its lenses!). I am so horrible to mine, I don't have a bag for it and I'm always knocking it against things accidentally. I'm amazed it still puts up with me!

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  36. ooh a cute camera bag, I love how you just took matters into your own hands. Those black camera bags are so frumptastic, you did such a great job with yours!!

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  37. I have a orange bag just like that, but I'm waiting to see if I can find a smaller one for my camera. Thanks for the tutorial links!

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  38. I too love your outfit! I've been on the hunt today trying to find a "perfect" purse. U found one and was searching the net for camera bag inserts and found your blog. I think I'm going to the 2nd hand stores tomorrow and find a old camera bag and use the inserts from it to put in my purse!!!! If that don't work I'll see if u can hand see one like yours! Thanks for your idea.

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