Sunday, 2 November 2014

Camera Lens Cloth Pouch

how to make a pouch for your camera lens cloth
I may have mentioned my photography student daughter just now and again! She is lovely, clever, talented and very good at dropping/loosing her lens cloth. Once those babies have been on the floor you really don't want to be wiping your lens with them. Can you even imagine, a tiny bit of grit - oh the scratches! Doesn't bear thinking about!
So when I saw this brilliant idea on Fearlessly Creative Mamas to make a little pouch for your lens cloth:
- one where the cloth stays attached and therefore virtually undroppable - I knew I would have to make one for her, and then another for her friend.
I read the tutorial by Kathleen on Fearlessly Creative Mammas then ended up trying a slightly different way on constructing it.

If you want to have a go have a read of this, pop over to Fearlessly Creative Mammas and see what they did and then decide which you want to try. Or try both and give one to a friend!

I made two with different fabrics and the photos here switch between the different versions - I was just picking the best photos, the method is the same.

You will need:
2 pieces of fabric 6" x 7.5" (15cm x 19cm) I used 2 different fabrics but they could be the same. 1 will be the outside, 1 the lining.
3" (7cm) length of ribbon
A lens cleaning cloth (I used the kind meant for glasses)
A little piece of velcro
A carabana clip type thing - that's its technical name obviously!

Place the 2 pieces of fabric right sides together and pin the longer side.
Stitch, press the seam open and then turn so the right side is up. Mark the centre with a pin then position the velcro pieces on the lining fabric as shown. Mine were each 2cm in from the centre. Then just stitch round them.
Now fold the fabric in half, right sides together.
At this point you need to add the ribbon, the clip and the lens cloth. Fold the ribbon in half,
Add the clip now if using (yes I did forget on the purple one - doh!)
Pin it in place between the layers of outside fabric about 1" from the seam.
The ends will be sticking out like this.

Place the cloth between the lining fabric, most of the cloth inside, just a little corner poking out.


Then stitch along the short side of the outside fabric and the long edge. 
Don't stitch the lining short edge like I did in the photo - that was by mistake and I ended up un picking it. Just stitch the 2 sides.
I went over the ribbon a couple more times just to make it extra secure.



Snip off the corner as shown here then turn the whole thing out and press.
Should look something like this!

Now shove the lining back inside but leave the cloth out.
Using your fingers, scissors or a ruler to smooth the lining fabric out, then pin across the bottom to secure the lining in place.
Camera lens cloth case
 Stitch this seam and you're done! 
Camera lens cloth pouch
The cloth pushes neatly into the pouch when not in use. The velcro is slightly to one side which makes it easier. The clip/ribbon attaches it to a camera bag or pouch.
make a pouch for a camera lens cloth
Whoop whoop! No more dropped, gritty, wet lens cloths.
And just to finish here is a slightly poor quality photo from my phone of it being used!
how to make a camera lens cloth pouch



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43 comments:

  1. This is very creative and cute! Great gimmick and would make a nice little gift too!
    Stopping by from "Silver Pennies Sundays". Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Great stocking filler for a keen photographer - I could have saved it for my daughters stocking but I wanted her to be able to use it straight away!!!

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  2. Such a great idea. Perfect for camera lovers!

    Thank you for linking up with Creative Style Linkup! Have a blessed weekend!

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  3. I bet your daughter and friend find these really useful and no excuse to have a dirty lens. (unlike mine!) Thanks for taking the time to put up a tutorial.

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  4. Perfect idea! You are so creative!

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  5. What a lovely idea and a great gift too.

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  6. Looks like quite a bit involved making one of these. I bet your daughter will find it very useful :)

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    1. Now I'm wondering if I over complicated by tutorial! I like to photograph every single step if I can, I know when I looking at other peoples it's the photos I find most helpful. It wasn't easy peasy but it was far for difficult too - somewhere in the middle I guess a 6 out of 10 maybe!
      And yes, she is loving it which is the main point of the whole thing of course!

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  7. Any photographer would love something like this. I do not sew, but your instructions are so clear and concise, I think I can tackle the pouch. Thanks for sharing the lens cloth idea at Make It Monday.

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  8. That's such a great idea! I love it when stuff can be useful as well as pretty :)

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  9. This is so cute! I wonder if I could fit my lens cover in the pouch too? I can't believe I haven't lost it yet! (Found you on Motivation Monday)

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    1. Depends how big your lens cap is I guess, You could always make the pouch a bit more square to accommodate it, or add another layer, to make a second pocket. Next time I'll try adding additional features!

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  10. What a great idea, these would make fantastic Christmas pressies for photographers! x

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  11. This is such a nifty idea. I love the colors of the fabric and the design of it. Thanks for sharing such a fun craft with us at the Creative Style Linkup!

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    1. Thanks Brittnei, I have a lot of scraps of fabric that I can't bear to part with, this was a good way to use just a little of my stash!

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  12. Ingenious - thanks for sharing how you made it! I bet your daughter loves it :) x

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    1. She does! (or at least she says she does) The one for her friend she was going to save for her birthday but then gave it to her as soon as they went back to uni as she said she couldn't wait!

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  13. I need one of these, thanks for the great tutorial and sharing.

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  14. Great tutorial and glad you pointed out the mistake. Too funny. Pinning because I definitely need to make one of these. I am so fearful that I will loose my camera cap because it is attached to...umm nothing. I want to get a second lens too for macro shots. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

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    1. Ah yes, I make these mistakes so you don't have to!
      This could easily be just a little bigger and a lens cap holder pocket incorporated.
      I also made my daughter a little camera shaped padded pouch that has a lens cap pocket, I have it all ready to share here but then the blog I got the pattern from has a copywrite issue going on with someone else so I decided to see what happens with that, don't want to link you all to a pattern that has been taken down, that wouldn't be helpful. But I agree somewhere to keep that lens cap safe is essential. I've also seen little pockets for them on padded straps, which is a good idea.

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  15. What a great idea, and a very considerate gift too.

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  16. Very creative! Your tutorial is very clear!! Super cute!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate your comment about the tutorial.

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  17. This is a great idea! I rarely ever wipe my lens --I probably should be cleaning it a lot more frequently! Thanks for linking up!!

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  18. This is a great little tutorial, I need one of these for my bag ad would make great gifts!!!

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  19. You are so clever! These would make great stocking fillers for any photographer :)
    #Pintorials

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    1. It really would, wouldn't it, shame I just handed it over really - could have waited a few months!

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  20. What a brilliant idea, Julie and a great present for a photographer. As always, a fabulous tutorial.

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  21. Hi Julie, I've featured your fab camera lens cloth pouch today.

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  22. Thank you for posting on Motivation Monday!

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  23. Super cute ide!!! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  24. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

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  25. Oooh such a wonderful idea! Love this! Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday, Julie!

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    1. Thanks Bre, glad you like it, Always a pleasure to stop by On Display Thursday!

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  26. Very clever solution. And great tutorial! Pinned it. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

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  27. That's brilliant, and it saves you from having to rummage through that big camera bag for it. Actually, I think it's a great way to store the lense cloth for my specs!!

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    1. You are so right, I think I need one for my handbag too - why didn't I think of that?!

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  28. Great idea! I could of used one when I was at the beach the other day taking photos! Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives tweeting, pinning....

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    1. Now I'm guessing you live somewhere that's warm in November, either that or you are braver than me!

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  29. I need to make a few of these! I leave my caps all over the house, bottom of my bags, etc.. Thanks for sharing this at the Create link Inspire party. it's being featured today at Nap-Time Creations... I've shared it all over my social meadia.. i'd love any reshares you could do, thanks! Emily

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  30. Julia-sorry it has taken me forever to get over and check this out. I love your version of the cleaning cloth. I agree. You don't want to use a cloth after it's been on the ground. The lenses are so expensive that you don't want to ruin them. Thanks for adding my link too. I will share this on my Facebook page. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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