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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Handmade Craft Exchange

Well, this is the 3rd time I've entered the Craftaholics Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange. I just love what its all about and that you get to meet people from all over the world who are taking part (well, by "meet" I really mean "virtually") 

This year, I my "giftee" (aka the person that I send a gift to) was a lady in Berkshire, England. She had given me a few ideas for her gift from her Pinterest boards. It turns out that she was really interested in airplanes and loved photogaphy. There were a few key "pins" that caught my eye. Like this this and this.

She seemed to really like camera straps so I thought I would incorporate a few of the things I had seen on her Pinterest boards into a cute little camera strap. 
camera strap, fabric rosettes, craft exchangecamera strap, fabric rosettes, craft exchange, paper airplane

As I currently do not have a sewing machine, I had to sew the entire thing by hand and it took DAYS to do it!! Well, actually it took an hour a night for about 3 nights as I had about 3 or 4 other projects going on at the same time. (End of the school year projects for Mr. Tooter and his teacher gifts....posts to follow) 

I wanted to make sure that the strap would hold up in high usage situations....which I hope it does.....

The base of the strap is a webbing strap belt (like the strap for a backpack). I sewed 2 loops of high quality ribbon to the ends using embroidery floss for extra hold. I had no idea what kind of camera she has, therefore I had no idea what kind of fixture / fitting the ends would need. I figured that this would be as "universal" as it comes. I used the cute little embroidered stitch paper airplane for the back of the strap that would sit at her neck.  

I really hope that she likes it. I posted it to her today (the entries have to be postmarked by today). 

I highly recommend signing up for the next craft exchange, its November 1st. These are terrific!! 

Paris, Eiffel Tower, Felt Craft, Embroidery
First time! June 2011 entry

Felt scrap owl, owl
Paired up with a lovely lady from Belgium - who loved owls. This was one of my gifts to her (November 2011)

owls, felt craft, homemade gifts
As well as these little guys (November 2011)

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