Thursday, August 11, 2011
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…..so, 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.
To get started, I measured my camera strap…
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.
Then I sewed it lengthwise like this…(with right sides together)
Then you just have to turn it right side out and iron it with seam to the back…
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…
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…..
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…
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!
Very cute strap for very little money!
I LOVE my new strap cover, hope you’ll try tackling one yourself!
Have a great day!