DIY: Camera Strap Cover

One of my 30 Before 30 Project goals that I have been super excited about has been #14. Make 5 crafty things I’ve seen on Pinterest. This project was on the top of the list for two reasons: I really needed a cover for my camera strap and because I just got this adorable fabric in Portland that needed to be used ASAP. I used two different Pinterest links to guide my project (these: 1, 2).

The materials couldn’t be simpler. You’ll need:

  • A sewing machine
  • Tape measure/ruler
  • Fabric shears
  • Cute fabric
  • A pattern (more on that in a sec)

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The pattern I drew up was super simple. My camera strap measures 23.5 inches long and 3.5 inches wide so my pattern was for a piece of fabric 24 inches long and 4 inches wide, leaving a 1/4 inch hem allowance on each side.

I got this adorable camera/binocular fabric at Cool Cottons in Portland, Oregon. It is by Birch Fabrics and is part of their Monaluna line. Their products are lovely and are 100% organic cotton.

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I started by cutting out my 24″ x 4″ strip of fabric. One thing that I think is super helpful is to draw lines on the underside of the fabric lightly in pencil to make the cutting smooth and easy.

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Perfect fit!

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The next step is to measure, mark, and the iron down the 1/4″ hem on each side of the fabric to prepare it for sewing. A hem is not essential but I think it adds a polished and professional look to any sewing project, no matter how small, so I always make one.

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Once the hems have been sewed up the next step is to pin the fabric in half to prepare for sewing the edges together. Note: if you sew a hem, you don’t have to worry about sewing the fabric inside out because there are already crisp and pretty edges.

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Sew it up, trim the strings, and your camera strap is done!

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The final step is to remove the strap from your camera. This step was such a pain since my SLR strap has so many loops and plastic holders that got in the way.

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Simply slide the fabric cover onto the strap and reattach the strap back on the camera. All done! Super easy, adorable, and totally interchangeable.

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Any questions? Have you sewed yourself a camera strap cover? If so, share in the comments!

About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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8 Responses to DIY: Camera Strap Cover

  1. Dawn Marie says:

    This is fabulous. I adore the fabric you used. You are very talented.

  2. Beth M says:

    This is perfect!

    Also, one of the reasons I am going to learn to crochet this summer is so that I can make a strap for my camera as well (and possible a camera case, but we’ll see about how advanced I can get before I start making such plans.)

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