Brooklyn Limestone Blogger of the Month – March


Hi everyone – Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone here.  MJ Trim is one of my favorite NYC stores to get lost in so of course I jumped on the opportunity to work on a mystery box project with them.  As soon as the box arrived, I tore it open to find this lovely presentation.  So pretty!  

I knew I wanted to make a camera strap cover even before the box arrived.  I pulled out all the pretty ribbons until I decided on the pleated twill tape and the green grosgrain would be the perfect pairing with some map fabric I had set aside.

Camera strap covers are a very simple project – even for a very poor seamstress like me.  Essentially all you are creating is a very long, narrow pillow case with two open ends instead of one. I measured the length I’d need and cut out the fabric and ribbon to just larger than that. I sewed down the short edges to finish those before adding the grosgrain. Then I ironed the grosgrain in half to make a faux piping treatment along each edge, pinned place, turned down the edges into the sleeve and sewed it up on both edges. As an after thought, I made a quick rectangular pocket for the inside of the strap (the part that rests against my shoulder) to sock away a little cash for those times I’m not carrying a purse.  At this point the cover was pretty much functional but a little too plain.   Time for the cherry on top – the off white ruffle tape.  I just hand stitched it every few inches to the cover and voilà…a feminine and practical accessory for anyone like me who drags their camera everywhere made in no time at all.  

I just love it.  Thanks MJ!

M&J Materials Used:

Here are the steps – Click on Photos to enlarge

 Project 2

After the camera strap I had that lovely Greek Key ribbon staring back at me.  Oh what would I do with it?  A mini inspiration board was just the thing. 

I started off with a stretched canvas I had laying around and covered it with a bit of drop cloth canvas fabric. Out came the tools: a staple gun, scissors, a hammer, the ribbon and the nailheads. I played with various layouts of the ribbon until I settled on a simple frame.  After cutting the ribbon to size, I pulled it taut and stapled it at the back. 

Finally it was time for a little bit of hardware.  The precise way to apply the nailheads would be to carefully measure out the spacing but I was looking for a quick alternative so I simply used two fingers as a guide.  I set the nail heads tentatively into the frame to make sure it looked good before hammering all the way in.In less than 30 minutes, I had a lovely little inspiration board perfect for a desktop.  You could easily do this on a much larger scale with just a little more time and materials invested.

Materials Used:

  • 33mm Greek Key Jacquard Item#41897  Pale Blue/Antique
  • 11.5mm Dome Furniture Nailhead Item#45321 in  Antique Brass  (1-800-9-MJTRIM)

Here are the steps – Click on Photos to enlarge  


Visit her blog Brooklyn Limestone to see some Stefanie’s other Amazing DIY’s

14 comments on “Brooklyn Limestone Blogger of the Month – March

  1. Janell Beals says:

    Love these projects, she always does a great job with everything she touches! Janell

  2. I love the camera strap, especially the little pocket for cash. The bulletin board makes me want to create my own inspiration cork board. So creative!

    I love doing DIY projects. I’ve even have a whole tab devoted to them on my blog.

  3. Bravo Stefanie! You can make anything, and make it beautifully!

  4. JourneyChic says:

    Stefanie, both projects are great! I’ve long admired the M+J’s Greek key trim.

  5. alicia says:

    Great projects!

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  7. My daughter and I have a blog that attracts two demographics. She is a newly wed living in upstate New York, and I am an empty-nester living in the south. We both have new homes. We just discovered your blog and would love the opportunity to try your challenge. It would be fun to see what each of us comes up with.

  8. Holyoke Home says:

    This woman’s creativity knows no bounds! Which is why we follow her all over the internet! Thanks!

  9. rongyun says:

    I think if people has these must be very beautiful.We women must be beautiful when go shopping .We must be charming .That is wonderful.

  10. pb says:

    where did you buy the map fabric? I am trying to locate it.

  11. seo Rankings says:

    Howdy just wanted to give you a brief heads up and
    let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

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