I knew I wanted to make something special for Liz for Christmas. But what do you make for the girl who can make herself anything?!
Well, I'm not sure whether I guessed right or not, but I do know that I made her something that I've always wanted, but never indulged in the time to make it. I attempted to make her a new strap for her Canon SLR camera.
I followed the Patchwork Camera Strap tutorial from the "Crap I've Made" blog. I was feverishly working on my strap the weekend before Christmas, hoping it would still arrive in time for Christmas (it didn't). I was running into a few snags with sewing through the layers of leather, and fabric, plus interfacing. I was breaking needles and getting frustrated. I was 98% sure that my machine was going to die along the way. In desperation I emailed Char from Crap I've Made, and to my utter amazement, she emailed me back promptly with suggestions and tips. It made my day! Once again a moment that reminded me how terribly generous and wonderful this online community of crafters is.
The best part of getting to make this strap by far was a good excuse to cut into the new Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush fabric I had bought, with Liz's present in mind.
The camera strap didn't actually take very much fabric to make. I still have generous quantities of all the fabrics left. Now I just need to get brave enough to cut it all up in order to make THIS.