Cozy Camera Case Tutorial

As promised, here is a tutorial on how to make a cute little quilted Cozy Camera Case for your point and shoot camera.

Front of my new camera caseBack of my new camera case

This one fits my Canon G10, which is 4.3″ x 3.06″ x 1.81″ (according to the manual — I promise I’m not that anal about measuring things!), but lots of other cameras will fit in it too. You can also adjust the size of the pieces easily to make a case for a larger or smaller camera. One other thing to note is that I initially left the main panel piece a little extra long and then decided before attaching the binding how long I wanted the front flap to be and trimmed it to the right size. I really wanted to make it longer, but I didn’t want to be pushing against the lens all the time to snap it closed, so it ended up on the shorter side (not as aesthetically pleasing in my opinion, but better for the camera!).

Templates for the pieces are available here, or feel free to wing it! :) Enjoy!

Materials:

  • Two pieces of coordinating fabric for inside and outside of camera case, approximately 16″ x 7″
  • One small piece of batting, approximately 16″ x 7″
  • OR

  • Save yourself some steps and start with pre-quilted fabric, approximately 16″ x 7″
  • Scraps of coordinating fabric for the pocket and pocket flap
  • Bias binding (MUST be cut on the bias to go around the corners properly) — I used a 1 3/8″ wide strip that was probably about 50″ long
  • Small piece of sew-on velcro
  • Snap — I used 7/16″ Dritz Snap Fasteners, the kind you have to pound on, and they worked well, even through the quilted fabric

Instructions:

Step 1. Cut out the template pieces for the pocket, pocket flap, side panel, and main panel.

Step 2. From the scrap fabric cut out two pocket flaps and one pocket using the templates provided.

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Step 3. Fold the fabric with the dotted lines together and stitch the dart.

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Step 4. Fold the top edge of the pocket under 1/4″, and then fold it under a 1/4″ again and topstitch to finish this edge.

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Step 5. Turn the side and bottom edges of the pocket under twice, just like you did for the top, and press.

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Step 6. Place the two pocket flap pieces right sides together and stitch 1/4″ from the edge all the way around, but leaving an opening for turning it right-side out. Notch around the curves and clip the corners (this image does not show the top right and left corners clipped, but definitely do that!).

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Step 7. Turn pocket flap right side out and press. Topstitch 1/8″ from the edge around the curve. I also topstitched 1/4″ from the edge, just for fun.

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Step 8. Create a sandwich with the two larger pieces of fabric and the batting and quilt however you desire. (Skip this part if starting with pre-quilted fabric!) Then cut out two side panels and one main panel from this quilted piece.

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Step 9. Pin the pocket on the main panel, positioning it in the center from right to left of what will be the outside back of the camera case. Wrap the main panel around your camera to figure out where a good spot for the pocket will be from top to bottom so that it’s centered on the back when you are finished.

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Step 10. Stitch down the three unfinished edges of the pocket.

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Step 11. Pin on the pocket flap. Make sure the pocket flap overlaps enough with the pocket to attach the velcro later.

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Step 12. Attach the pocket flap to the main panel by stitching straight across the top edge of the pocket flap.

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Step 13. Use your strip of fabric and an 18mm bias binding maker to make binding. Attach pieces of the binding to the straight edges of the main and side panels.

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Step 14. Machine baste the side and main panels together. Easy does it! Once you have this done, check the length of the flap with the camera in the case. This is your last chance to trim this a little bit shorter if you want!

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Step 15. Attach the bias binding to the rest of the camera case in one long piece. Do this by starting at one of the front square edges, proceeding down the front side, around the bottom, up the back side, around the top flap, down the other back side, around the other bottom edge, and then back up the other front side to end at the other front corner. Turn the edges under on the binding on the front corners before you sew them down to finish them off. This was by far the slowest and hardest step of this, so just go easy, especially around the corners!

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Step 16. Attach the snap, following the instructions on the package.

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I used a cute little pearl snap on this.

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Step 17. Hand sew small pieces of velcro to the pocket. If you want to plan ahead better, you could put some interfacing in the pocket flap and do a buttonhole and attach a button to the pocket, or do a snap again. Alas, I did not plan that far ahead, so sew-on velcro it is!

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Front of the finished Cozy Camera Case.

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Back of the finished Cozy Camera Case.

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Canon G10, snug as a bug in a rug.

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Definitely let me know if anyone tries to make one of these!

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