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Little Photographer Camera {review, discount & giveaway!}

2015 November 13

Making softies for babies is fun. Making softies for my friends’ coming-soon baby that mimic their dad’s real-life photography job is even better!

I am really happy to be part of the Swoodson Says PDF Pattern Blog Tour today. This tour is promoting her Quiet Play Softies and the cutest Little Collector’s Backpack. All really great Christmas gifts for the littles in your life. (And on sale right now – see below! Just sayin’…)

I haven’t made many softies, I think I was scared of all the pieces, kinda like quilting! Truth is though, sewing up this Little Photographer Camera was really fun! I love puzzles, and appliqueing the dials, buttons and lens allowed me to let my inside-perfectionist out for a little while. You don’t need to be a perfectionist to make one, though, you just need a little monkey that enjoys imaginative play! Or a friend that is a photographer maybe?

The fabric for this project is a mixture of textures and thicknesses. The outer body of the camera is made from scraps of my Ella top, a nice heavier weight cotton. Of course, I had to use the best camera fabric ever (from Double Decker Fabric) for the front accent and camera strap. The lens is a mixture of faux black leather and 2 layers of white rip-stop nylon (to make it more opaque). It is fun that each one has a different feel to it. Hopefully the baby will think so too!

Speaking of perfectionism, for some reason I decided to go a little crazy and 2-step-miter the corners of the bias tape edging for the back window, instead of following Stephanie’s instructions. Don’t do it! It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r…. #thatllshowme  I did do two things that helped speed up the project, though. I interfaced the outer camera pieces with a medium-weight fusible to make the fabric stiffer and easier to stitch everything to. I also used my favorite fusible web before stitching. If this project was for an older child I think you could use it alone and skip the applique stitches!

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention something new I found on my Janome Skyline S5. It has an amazing applique stitch and satin stitch foot. I even slid the speed down to super-slow while sewing around the lens circles. So much simpler and professional looking than I would have made with my old machine! It has even inspired me to plan some appliqued Christmas projects.

Win the Patterns, or Buy them at 40% off!

Stephanie has provided a coupon code: ‘SewAllTheSofties’ – for 40% off all patterns, expiring Sunday 11/16 – valid both on Etsy and And if you are feeling lucky you can enter below to win 4 Swoodson Says patterns!

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Other Blog Tour Stops:

Monday, November 9th: Friends Stitched Together / Sew Happily Ever After / The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, November 10th: Felt With Love Designs / Sew Not Perfect / House of Estrela

Wednesday, November 11th: Lulu & Celeste / Handmade Boy / Rebel & Malice

Thursday, November 12th: Rebel & Malice / create3.5 / Free Notion

Friday, November 13th: Paisley Roots / The Wholesome Mama / Amazing Adventures With Bubba and Bug / Thread Riding Hood / Hugs are Fun

Disclaimer: I received the Little Photographer Camera pattern for free in exchange for this review post. I only feature projects I love. Thanks for reading and supporting Thread Riding Hood!

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Lee permalink
    November 13, 2015

    Such a sweet pattern!! Love the fabric used too!

  2. Lee permalink
    November 13, 2015

    I love her little collectors backpack pattern too!

  3. November 13, 2015

    Whoa. Color me impressed with your mitering, it looks AMAZING! That applique stitch is gorgeous too, Janome should thank you for highlighting it :) Thank you so much for joining in, it is just gorgeous and I’m honored you sewed it up! Hope the baby loves chewing on it too – my 8 month old lovesss sewing leather and cotton so hopefully they will too :)

  4. November 13, 2015

    It looks so great and fun! Another project to add to the list ;)

  5. November 14, 2015

    What a cute little softie, would love to make this for my daughter!

  6. Kathy E. permalink
    November 14, 2015

    This little camera is a fun softie and what little person does love a softie that imitates the real thing? So many great details, too.

  7. Kathy E. permalink
    November 14, 2015

    My favorite Swoodson pattern is the Little Collector’s Backpack.

  8. Ann ( no E ) permalink
    November 16, 2015

    Hi Sherri,
    Love this softie ;) The Janome ‘stitch’ looks lovely, so neat and precise. I would like to try this pattern ;) Thanks for sharing the ‘school’ stuff as well. Take care, holiday season is almost here ;)

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