DIY Afternoon: Denim-Covered Foam Pads

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Published on: 2015.11.30

I found myself with (1) a pair of ripped jeans that needed to be thrown out, (2) a camera bag that could use a little extra padding, and (3) some old foam “seat cushion” pads in the back of my closet. I put them all together. Sure, I could just put the foam pads into the camera bag, but they “shed” — leaving tiny particles over lenses and cameras, which I couldn’t bear. But I figured if they were wrapped in denim from the old jeans, they’d be fine.

Camera Bag: Interior
Empty camera bag, 11 inches by 6.5 inches
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Foam Seat Cushions
Foam seat cushions that have been in my closet since 2008 or so.
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Cut Foam Pad
Measuring the cut foam pad
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As luck would have it, I had previously cut one of the foam pads, so it already measured 11 inches by 6 inches, which is almost exactly what I needed for the floor of the camera bag.

It Fits
Foam pad fits in floor of camera bag
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Cutting
Cutting the second foam pad
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I wanted my side pad to go about halfway up the wall of the bag, so I cut the second pad in half with ordinary scissors.

Two Foam Pads
Two foam pads, cut to size
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Note the rough cuts, especially on the smaller pad. It didn’t bother me; it would soon be wrapped in denim.

Old Jeans
Old pair of ripped jeans
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I know some people pay good money for pre-ripped jeans. I’m not one of them. For me, the jeans have failed when they rip like this.

Visualization
Foam pads on jeans for visualization of my cuts
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Cut Denim
Denim cut to (almost) fit the foam pad
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Needle And Thread
I’ve had the sewing needles for years, but bought the spool of thread ($2.27) just for this project
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Sewing
That’s me, stitching
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I wanted the stitches to be on the inside, so I turned the denim inside out to make the stitches, and later reversed them.

Crooked Double Stitch
Completed double-stitch
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Doesn’t matter that the stitch isn’t pretty. It’s going to be on the inside anyway. Also, this is for the bottom of my camera bag. No one will ever see it except me and the handful of people looking at this blog.

Right-Side Out
My daughter holds the pouch, with the seam hidden inside
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Insert Pad
Sliding the foam pad into the denim pouch
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Insert Pad
Not as tight a fit as I’d hoped, but it will do the job
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Folded Over & Stitched
With the pad inside, I folded over the edge and double-stitched it
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It Fits
And there’s the first pad in the camera bag
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Second Piece
Cutting the second piece of denim
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I sewed the second piece much like the first, except it required a bit more work.

Insert Pad
Second foam pad inserted into second denim pouch
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Two Pads
Two finished denim-covered foam pads
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Two Pads
Two finished pads inside the camera bag
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The best part about all this is that it didn’t really take up my time. I did it while watching my kids — they were watching Frozen for the 800th time. I couldn’t have done much else anyway during this time.

Note: All images for this entry recorded with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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