Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hot Pad Makeover

I recently got a much-needed new camera. Although I still haven't ventured into the DSLR world, my Nikon P7000 is a nice little camera. It is compact and easy take along with me wherever I go; I especially like to take it when I go out walking.

A new camera calls for a new camera bag. I just wanted a cute padded bag that would protect my camera, but not be bulky to carry around. If you know me very well at all, you will know that I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I started looking around at the thrift and consignment stores for inspiration.
This past week I came across two of these hot pads. They are actually more like oven mitts since they have pockets. Definite potential. Visions of a dottie angel-type project came to mind.
I didn't start out with much of a plan except to make sure the camera would fit and it did. The camera in the picture is not my camera - just an old one I used for the sake of the picture.
Here is what I came up with! I call it a granny-chic wristlet pouch.
I sewed a pocket on the back - a place to slip in my camera manual, keys or cell phone. I didn't even have to make the straps. They were in my fabric stash; some sort of premade straps that came in a bag of thrifted fabric scraps once upon a time.
The crocheted flower and button are sewn to the straps. Then there is a ponytail elastic sewn to the flap. It slips over the flower and button to hold everything in place.
New camera. Cute bag. Now I just have to figure out aperture, shutter speed, I can take better pictures.

"Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; 
Cross-examine and test me, 
get a clear picture of what I'm about.... "   Psalm 139:23