Friday, July 24, 2015

Gadget Guard #3

If you, along with Jenny, guessed that my latest sewing project was from a pattern by Erin Erickson, you're right. This is another Gadget Guard, of which I've made two before.

I had decided that since I'm always dragging my iPad outdoors to take photos (often along with the DSLR), it would be very handy to have a bag to carry it in, one with a cross body strap so I could hang it over my neck to free up my hands (for carrying cat food, water, and/or whatever). I know of no better pattern than the Gadget Guard, which in my opinion is PERFECT. Since that pattern has no strap, though, I simply used one of Erin's other patterns for how-to's on placement for attaching the D-ring, etc. So here's my latest Gadget Guard with a removable strap:

Since I knew I'd be dragging it all over outside and it'd likely be getting dirty, I decided denim would be a good fabric for it, so I used up an old pair of shorts I knew I'd never wear again. I also lined it with denim from an old pair of jeans. Both denims are soft from wear but have plenty of life left in them. I even used the same shorts for the strap... just to see if I could do it. I did... and there are only 7 splices in the whole thing - ha!

I love this pattern because thanks to Erin's formula for any size gadget, it makes for a perfect fit. See how nice and snugly my iPad fits? Yet it's not tight, so it slides in and out easily. Just right!

I didn't need the big pocket that comes with the pattern. All I wanted was a very small pocket for holding my Easy Macro lens. The how-to for this pocket was also an idea by Erin, modified just a bit. It uses the front of the bag as the back side of the pocket, and the front piece of the pocket is lined so there are no raw edges. I wanted the zipper flat, so I kind of improvised that. It doesn't look quite professional, but it serves its purpose and I'm happy with it.

As I was planning the bag, I couldn't help dressing it up just a little with some of Jess's ribbons, of which I seem to have an ample supply (but lack ideas for what to use them on). Since I take a lot of "critter" photos, I thought the kittens and squirrels would be quite appropriate. The squirrel one goes around the back side, too, which is otherwise plain.

I love my bag! It's already been outside hanging over my neck numerous times, and I've appreciated having the iPad camera so readily available when I come across a great photo opp!


Jessica Jones said...

Very nice, Mum!

Gonna start cutting vinyl now? :)

Jenny said...

Cute and practical! Those are the best kind of projects. But- 7 splices!?! That's dedication to using what you have!


Grandma G said...

Thanks, ladies! :) Well, Jess... I can cut everything now because your fabrics arrived today - yay!

Dedication? Craziness. Just because. ;) Also because I wanted it to match the rest of the bag and didn't have any other old jeans or anything quite the same color. Not that it would've mattered for an "everyday" bag like it is. But still....

Geneviève Thiffault said...

The pocket doesn't look professional? I think it looks great! As the whole bag do in fact :) The ribbons are a really nice (and cute) addition.

Grandma G said...

Thank you, my friend. I just don't like how the tabs look connected to the pocket like that. But no biggie - I just love the bag as a whole and rarely go outside without it! :)

annie dee said...

Very nice! Love those ribbons too.

Grandma G said...

Thank you!