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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

How to make a padded lens case.

What does one do on a Sunday morning in bed with the Ralphter? (MLP is out making my cup of tea. Good man.) Check emails, of course, and become inspired.  And this is how it all began …



As I read through my emails, I came across a blog post from Centsational Girl including a reference to this from Polkadotchair.


Okay, my attention has been grabbed. This is just what I need. My poor long lens tends to roll around in the bottom of my backpack unprotected and I often worry about its welfare.

So, I now have a task for the day. A padded lens cover a la Polkadotchair tutorial.

Breakfast is done and I mooch around in my fabric stash to find these.


Watermelon loveliness will brighten up my lens's journey through Paris, London and KL. No question.

I do the requisite measurements.


And follow the fabulous tutorial from Melissa at Polkadotchair, almost to the T.

Easy, peasy. Great instructions.

I use my little measuring-liner-upper tool from my trusty Bernina tool kit and stitch dead straight quilting lines on the lining of my lens pouch.  

I didn't use the walking foot, as Melissa suggested, because, well, I hate my walking foot. I find I'm far better off to use the normal foot. It does a much better job.


The only other adjustment I made to her instructions was I overlocked my raw edge where Melissa chose to cover the raw edge with bias tape.


I like my overlocker. It does a great job and is easier than applying bias tape.

And so my little padded lens cover is finished.


All beautiful and watermelon-ie and lime green-ie.


Fits my lens perfectly.


Thanks Melissa.

Great idea.

Great tutorial.

What do you think?

Need to make one for your lens?

Drop over to Melissa's blog, she's got lots of other great ideas too.