I was playing with some felt recently, and thinking about all the camera fans I’ve met through my shop. I know I like to have some ornaments on our tree that reflect the interests of the people in my house. I’ve noticed a couple of camera ornaments in stores, but nothing all that cute, so I thought I’d see if I could come up with something better.
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These take a little time with all that stitching, but they aren’t particularly difficult. In fact, if you don’t mind losing the look of the stitching, you can simply glue everything together!
To make one of these, you’ll need:
felt in black, white, grey and your choice of color
button, no larger than 1/2”
10” of 1/4” wide ribbon
If you’d like to use wool felt, which keeps a sharper edge when it’s cut and feels nicer than acrylic, this shop is a great place to look.
Cut two of the camera body pieces, two of the flash (one is shown in the photo below, but you need two) and one of each remaining piece.
Stitch the top and bottom pieces (green, in my case) to the top and bottom edge of a body piece. Stitch only along the inner edge of each, as shown.
Sew the button on with the smallest circle underneath on the left. Sew the viewfinder on the right.
Sew the white paisley-shaped reflection onto the black circle.
Stitch the black circle onto the grey circle. While I used white thread for most of the stitching, I did this in black to make the reflection stand out.
Stitch the lens onto the body with a straight or blanket stitch. I did one of each and I actually like the plainer straight stitch better.
Sew an asterisk shape onto one of the flash pieces. You might want to draw it onto the felt first. I didn’t, and it turned out a little wonky. Stitch the two flash pieces together with white thread. Make sure the knots are either in between or near the bottom edge.
Pin the ribbon near the edge of the back body, 1” down on each side. Pin the flash next to the ribbon on the left, 1/4” down.
Pin the camera on top.
Stitch all the way around the outside edge through all layers. Make sure to hide your knots between the layers and stitch through the ribbon and flash as you go.
These would make a great gift for the shutterbug in your life – maybe that’s you!