Scrappy Strap and a Bday Gift

OK… so I have been researching camera strap tutorials for over two weeks now and I couldn’t find one for my specific camera. So, I thought I would make my own. Everything was going great until the very end when I realized I couldn’t take a picture of my finished product… oops! So I had to take the picture with my dang camera phone (gross). Anyway, I love my new strap.

One side is this cute Amy Butler fabric and the other side is made from little square scraps I had. I decided that I am going to try to use as much of my own fabric scraps from old projects that I can. That way I won’t feel guilty when I have to buy more expensive fabric :) Some websites made “slipcovers” for their strap but I just sewed right over mine. I figure if I want to make another one, a new strap is only about $5.00.

Before Pic: ewww

For the Scrappy side, pick out a few pieces of scraps and set them side by side and extend them about an inch past the wide part of your original strap. This way you have enough for the seam allowance. Press them and sew the pieces together. (Please excuse my indecisiveness yesterday, in every pic the fabrics change.)

Enter new blue fabric…

Once you have sewn your row together, you need to trim it. I don’t have an exact measurement but I just figured out how wide my original strap was and I made it about an inch wider. Then you need to cut a piece of interfacing and the other piece of fabric to the same dimensions.

Now place then in this order… 

-solid fabric face up
-scrap strip face down 
-interfacing on top

So basically, they will be right sides together and the interfacing will be on top of them. Pin the strap sandwich together. Now place the original strap on top and trace a line (1/4 in away) where the strap starts to taper. Sew on the long sides only and along the tapered line you just drew. Make sure to reinforce the end really well because you are about to turn it inside out.

 Now time to flip!

After you flip it out, iron it nice and neat. It kinda looks like a strap now. Insert the original strap with a safety pin. Center the original strap because we are about to sew right over it.

Fold the ends in and sew to “close” the strap. Then sew along the long sides about 1/8in from the edge for a finished look. Ta-da you have a new camera strap! I am still cringing about these phone pictures but hopefully they cute strap makes up for it!

In other exciting news, I fell in love with this quilt from Target a few months ago. I am re-doing our Master bedroom in gray, yellow and navy. This was the perfect comforter for our bed. I should have just bought it then but it isn’t as loud as I am used to, so I didn’t. Once I decided to get it, I couldn’t find it in any store and it was discontinued online. I searched and searched and eventually gave up and tried to find something else. But, just yesterday the design heavens looked down upon me and it was avail online! It already shipped this morning. Woohoo! Moral: If you love something so much that you will waste hours looking for a replacement, then just buy it. Happy Bday to me.

Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Feels like summer doesn’t it? Well, this is the perfect summer dish with a glass of wine or an ice cold Blue Moon. My mom has been making these Baja Fish Tacos for years so props to her. Also, this dish HAS to be served with Mango Salsa! We used Mahi for our tacos but any white fish like Tilapia etc. would be excellent.

  • Grilled Mahi  (one fillet for each person)
  • Red Cabbage
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Cilantro
  • lemons/limes to squeeze on top

Mango Salsa:

  • Mangos
  • Red Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Pickled Jalapenos 
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar

Chop your mango, red onion, and cilantro together in a bowl. Next, add the jalapeno. I like the pickled jalapenos because they aren’t as hot as fresh jalapenos. Add a little juice from the jar for some kick! In a separate bowl mix together a few teaspoons of sugar, water and vinegar. Dissolve sugar and pour over salsa. Make this at least an hour before so it can all “blend” together, (it is even better if you make it the day before).

Chop your red cabbage and avocado. You are now ready to assemble your fish tacos. I am not going to attempt to give directions on how to grill fish because that is not my expertise at my house, now you know why I keep Bryan around :)

Now don’t forget about that ice cold Blue Moon. Enjoy!

Framed Tablecloth

This Friday I am having a Dinner party for my friends who are moving :( Sad that they are leaving… but excited to host a dinner party! It is going to be super casual, we are having a Taco Bar with Fresh Mojitos and Tres Leches! Pics and recipes soon to come….
I need to get to work on some stuff for the Dinner Party, so meet the Framed Tablecloth. This couldn’t be easier!
All you need is : (This fits a breakfast area table that seats 4)
1 1/2 yds. of fabric
6 yds. of quilt binding.
Only 2 “ingredients”! The binding usually comes in 3 yd packs and it is about $2.00 a pack from JoAnn Fabrics. I found this amazing floral fabric at Garden Ridge Pottery of all places and it was $3 for 3 yards! I think I might make half-curtains for our kitchen out of the extra fabric. I like to mix colors, so for the binding I got a buttery yellow. All you have to do is attach your quilt binding all the way around. 
There you have the Framed Tablecloth, custom made and under $7.00! Looking at the picture of the Tablecloth laid out makes me think that it would be super cute as a picnic blanket! Too bad I live in Houston and it is 200 degrees and I hate being outside… but it would still be cute. Now I need to get to work on my never ending to-do list! Wish me luck!
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