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Custom Camera Strap | DIY Camera Strap Cover

After a year of blogging, I’m sure it’s blatantly obvious that I like girly things… and photography tools are no exception.  So when I saw these fantastic camera straps at Bloom Theory I knew I HAD to have one… until I saw the price tag and realized while I work an 8 to 5, supplement that with an Etsy store, I still can’t justify dropping $150.00 on a camera strap.

To my surprise, I’m not the only one who wanted the Bloom Theory look without the Bloom Theory Price tag. While browsing Pinterest the other day I came across a tutorial from one of my favorite bloggers (Kevin and Amanda)… It gave awesome detail about how to stylize your camera strap on your own.  Being an avid sewer I thought I’d give it a shot, making a few tweaks along the way.

So here’s how I spent $16 and combined the Kevin and Amanda tutorial to emulate the classic Bloom Theory look.   Sew a Canon Camera Strap

Supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread to match primary slipcover fabric
  • Thread to match any adornments (buttons, ribbon, etc.)
  • ½ yard camera strap fabric* (I used a scrap of lightweight, linen suiting I had laying around)
  • Any embellishments you want.
Embellishments I used:
  • one 3 pack of $1.50 rhinestone buttons (on sale for 50% off – originally $3.00)
  • one pack of $4.00 quilt binding
  • one spool of $2.00 ribbon
  • one package of $8.00 low-loft blanket batting (on sale for 40% off) – used this to pad my strap… those lenses get heavy!!!

*In selecting a fabric to use, I would highly highly recommend selecting something lightweight that breathes.  While a fabric like houndstooth or plaid flannel might look really cool, think of doing a shoot on a really warm, humid day and having that wrapped around your neck… yuck.  Go for a light summer fabric or a cotton.

Go For It:

  1. Since I have a Canon strap, my measurements are going to be partial to that (sorry Nikoners) but for anyone covering a different kind of strap, simply measure the length and width, add one inch to each measurement and cut two strips that size from your primary slipcover fabric.  **For my Canon strap my measurements were 24” x 1.75”, so I cut two strips of 25” x 2.75”.**
  2. Press the ends of the fabric with a quarter-inch seam, making sure that all ends are equal, and hem these ends.  Don’t forget to back-stitch at the start and end of every hem.
  3. Now things get tricky.  If you want a padded neck strap – which I needed because my neck gets really sore after carrying around heavier lenses for long periods of time – you’re going to need to cut your batting the same width and length as the fabric.  After you open the package and unroll the batting material, you’ll notice it’s really thin.  I cut two really of these thin sheets for my camera strap.  How to Sew a Padded Camera Strap
  4. Next, you’re going to stay-stitch the two batting pieces to one strip of fabric, and set that piece aside.
  5. Now, take the piece of primary fabric *without batting* and embellish as you wish.  To achieve the sort of tuxedo look that I did, I first sewed one strip of the quilt binding down the center of my primary fabric.  Next I made a bow out of the ribbon using a tutorial from Ten Cow Chick and sewed it towards the bottom of the strap cover.  Finally I sewed my three rhinestone buttons beneath the bow almost like tuxedo shirt buttons.  Just remember that whatever thread you use to sew these embellishments on, will be noticeable.  I used an “invisible” poly-thread.  It’s pretty expensive but it’s something I keep in my arsenal when I want buttons like these to stand out and not be cheapened by a colored thread. 
  6. Now you’re ready to sew your primary pieces together (in my case the gray suiting fabric).  Line up the two strip of fabric and pin them* with the “RIGHT” sides facing one another. (And by “right” I mean the two sides that will eventually be the outside to your camera strap cover… so when pinning you should essentially be pinning it inside-out).
  7. Hem one side of the fabric with a quarter-inch seam.
  8. Remove the pins and hem the other side also with a quarter-inch seam.
  9. Flip your cover right-side out and slide it onto your camera strap.  Viola!  If you’re having difficulty sliding it on, I used a giant safety pin and attached it to the end of my camera strap before wriggling it into my slipcover, so I had something rigid to grab hold of when sliding it through the cover.  Embellish Your Camera Strap - Here's How

*If you made a bow, I would also recommend pinning it down to the fabric so you don’t accidentally end up sewing it within the seams (like I did) and end up having to rip everything apart and redo.  The second time around I pinned my bow forward onto my primary fabric so the loose ends didn’t get stuck in my seams.

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    • admin |

      Thank you! I was thrilled when I saw your tutorial and didn’t have the courage to try it on my own, but your step-by-step process was so easy to follow! THANK YOU! :)

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