Thursday, August 11, 2011

How to Make a Camera Strap Cover

How to make a camera strap cover
I MADE that!  I was SO excited when I got it all finished and realized it turned out cute!

I have been wanting to get a cover for my camera strap ever since I saw all the cute straps all over blogland.  I decided it would be silly for me to buy a strap when I can sew…, here’s what I did!
First I went to JoAnn Fabrics and picked up some cute fat quarters in patterns I liked. (and they were on sale for .99 so that was a plus, so my camera strap cost $6.00, but if you already have fabric, it would be free!) I really liked all these blues and greens, so I got them all!  By the way, A fat quarter is a one-fourth yard cut of fabric that (usually) measures 18" x 22" instead of the typical 9" x 44" quarter-yard cut.
fat quarters

To get started, I measured my camera strap…
Canon EOS Rebel

Mine measured 1  3/4 inches wide by 23  1/2 inches long. I doubled the width (so it covers the front and back) then added 1 inch for seam allowances (1/2 inch on both sides ). Then I added an inch to the length to give a 1/2 inch to hem each end.  So my measurements (including seam allowances) ended up being  4 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches.  (for a Canon EOS Rebel)  If you have a different strap, just measure the width and double it (one for each side) and add the 1” seam allowance and make the length the same length as your strap, plus 1” extra for 1/2” hem on each end.  EASY! :0) 
I wanted two different fabrics, so I sewed some 4 1/2” wide fabric on each end of my longer 4 1/2” wide piece,  but made sure the whole thing ended up being 24 1/2” long.
how to make a camera strap cover

Then I sewed it lengthwise like this…(with right sides together)
how to make a camera strap cover

Then you just have to turn it right side out and iron it with seam to the back…

how to make a camera strap cover

Next, I put a safety pin on the end of my camera strap and pulled the strap through the new cover.  Just tuck the ends of the fabric under and tack it in place with a needle and thread…
how to make a camera strap cover

You can stop here or you can take it a step further and make the rosette like I did.

I sewed 4 1/2” wide strips of all my different fabrics together…just like I did on the ends of the strap…..
how to make a camera strap cover

I sewed it lengthwise again, just like the strap. (with right sides together and then turned right side out)

Then all I did was wind it around, (turning the fabric every once in a while)  tacking it with a needle and thread until it looked like a rose…
how to make a fabric flower
Then I just sewed it on the strap cover. (I did that while the strap cover was already on the strap)

Then you’re done…walla!
Cute Camera strap cover
Very cute strap for very little money! 
I LOVE my new strap cover, hope you’ll try tackling one yourself!
Have a great day!


A Southern Rose said...

I love it. I might have to try this one. I don't sew very much but I might could do this.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how to build an island for my kitchen. I just saw on your side to build one. Gotta go check it out. :)

Lee Laurie

Leave It To Davis said...

Aren't you clever? I love the rose added to the strap cover. I don't sew at all, but have made some pillow covers by hand, so maybe I will try this myself. If so, I'll let you know how it turned out!

Sara S. said...

Your strap cover is lovely! I wonder if I make one, if I can convince the hubby to ) to go with it?

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Very cute Missy! I have never seen camera straps before that were decorative. Maybe I am just not paying enough attention. Love your fabric choices!~Hugs, Patti

Roeshel said...

Great job, Missy! I have been wanting to make one of these too! I know I have pretty fabric as well - definitely doing this maybe even tomorrow! Thanks for sharing your tips! ;)


Marilyn said...

The roses would be so cute on a purse strap, too. And on the front, back, sides, etc. I could make thousands of them with all the fabric I have stashed in the basement. ♥♫

A Southern Rose said...

Thank you for the sweet comments that you left for me about my wedding. We tried to keep it simple and sweet and as stress free as possible. :)
And about the kitchen island...I thought about using an old door also and putting on a glass top. I have the 5 panel door left from my childhood bedroom...and it was my mom's when she was a little girl. :)

Lee Laurie

Made In The South said...

Girl...I know that I tweeted you, but I wanted to leave you a comment here, You are rockin the DIY's!!! The doors (in previous post) are fantastic. Then today the camera strap cover!
Love seeing what you have going on,

Gail said...

Love the rosette!!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said... do it all! I am always impressed by your creativity and talents! Great job!

Unknown said...

So cute - would be a great gift too!

Fairfield House said...


This is so sweet and reflects your cottage charm. Glad you are enjoying your new toy!

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