Monday, March 14, 2011

Shutter Pal Tutorial


Last Friday Erin over at In Between Laundry asked me to guest post. 
I shared how to make a
Shutter Pal
In case you missed it & also so I have it archived on my blog I thought I'd repost.



Raise your hand if you are tired of pulling your hair out trying to get your child (especially toddlers) to even just look at the camera when you're trying to take their picture!  I've seen these cute things for sale on Etsy like this which is crocheted, or this with a squeaker inside, or this cute monster.  They all are intended to help gain the attention of your child.  Today I am going to show you my DIY version which is very simple, easy, and best of all CHEAP! 
*Please note this is made to fit around a lens of your camera so not all point and shoot cameras will work (I'll try and come up with a different version for you guys later!)

First, raid your Goodwill or garage sale box and find an unwanted stuffed animal.  You don't want one too big or too small.  The body should accommodate a camera lens looking through it.  **you might want to do this while your child is not around because they always seem to want that toy back once they see it again!


Now, take off anything attached that might be covering the belly area.


Grab your seem ripper and start oping up the back seem.  Then take out all the belly stuffing.  Make sure to leave the stuffing in the arms, legs, & head.



Find a lens cap or something round that is going to give you the size of your lens.  Trace around it on the tummy of the toy.  I used a fabric marker but it probably doesn't matter since this will be covered up later.


You should have a circle traced on the front.


Now pin around that circle through front & back layers making sure to push extra fabric toward the center.  You want the outside edges to be flat.  See the backside, how there is extra fabric in the center.

 This is where it gets tricky.  You need to sew around that circle you drew.  I'm not going to lie, it's kinda hard.  If you have a walking foot I think it would help but since I just got a new machine my old walking foot doesn't fit my new machine.  I used black thread because I'm lazy and that's what was already there so you can easily see where I sewed!


Now we are going to cut out the material inside the circle.  Use sharp scissors!  Make a little snip through both layers then just cut around the circumference of the circle.  **At this point try slipping it over your lens and make sure it isn't too tight.  Make your circle larger if you need to.


This part is optional.  If you find that the head of your toy is a little floppy try inserting something stiff like a straw because you don't want that head covering your lens! 


For the next step you need either Fold Over Elastic (FOE) or a stretchy headband type thing... see picture:



Ok, now plug in your glue gun.  Take your FOE (Fold Over Elastic) or hair band and start gluing it to one side.  Once you get around the whole circle then flip it over and glue it to the other side.  **I did not stretch the elastic very much since the opening is already pretty snug around the lens. 


That's all there is to making a cute little Shutter Pal!  Hopefully, you'll have better luck now getting those adorable smiles out of your little ones!



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31 comments:

  1. OMG this is brilliant! I absolutely love this. I have seen photogs use similar things but never thought of making one of my own. My son is 8 now so I'm not sure if I could make a stuffed video game controller for the end of the camera to make him smile?haha I wish I would have had one of these when he was smaller.
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  2. That is a brilliant idea for photographing kids! One more hand to steady the camera instead of waving a stuffed animal around! & it will keep them looking in the right direction. Nice work!

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  3. L-O-V-E this idea!!!! My dad is a photographer, and he's always holding a squeaky toy over his head with one hand while he focuses and snaps shots with the other on the camera. I think I need to make him one of these ; )
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  4. This is so awesome! I don't currently have a camera that would work, but this is definitely going in my to do list!

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  5. That is such a brilliant idea! :D I don't have littles anymore, but man, that sure would have helped when I did! :D

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  7. Thanks for sharing how you made it!

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  8. I saw something similar to this at Sew Much Ado - but she used a hair scrunchie and felt - I don't have a scrunchie on hand but I have a bazillion stuffed animals. Think I'll have to give this a try!

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  9. I made this and it was SO SO SO easy! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TUTORIAL!!

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  10. This is just the cutest idea. I think I will try it. My son is graduating from college and is going to try his hand at photography...this would be good to have on hand. Thanks for the tutorial...maybe I can risk it now!

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