How to Make No-Sew Camera Sleeves with Recycled Sockscomments (3) January 31st, 2009
I think recycled socks can be a great, unexpected craft material, with their wide range of textures and colors, interesting patterns, and varying thickness. I never throw away worn socks, since the feet parts can be chopped off, leaving very usable ankle parts that are usually still in good shape. For this project you'll need the whole things, but a hole or two shouldn't be a problem.
All of these sleeves are for thin digital cameras—your camera can be a little larger than the one pictured but not much. If you have a bigger point-and-shoot camera, you could still try playing with the sock sleeve concept and probably figure out a way to make it work.
Version #1: Velcro Tab Closure
- Either one very thick sock, or two or three socks, depending on thickness, with heels (no tube socks)
- Set of sticky Velcro dots
For this one I used one thin sock (the striped one) and a thicker one to layer together. You could use both socks in a pair, or three thin socks; you just want your case to be decently thick so it protects your camera. One of my socks had a hole in the heel, which is okay, but you wouldn't want all the socks you're laying to have holes in the same spot.
To layer the socks, turn whichever one you want on the inside (not showing) inside out and put it on your hand, then put the other one over it (right side out). If you're layering more than two, just repeat, making sure whichever is the last one is the one you want showing.
Take the socks off your hand and kind of stretch them so that they are fitting evenly together. Now put the layered sock back on your hand—if you're using one thick sock, you'll start with this step. Grab the tip of the sock toe from the inside and pull it in.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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