Camera Strap Idea

by Chris on March 29, 2010

My new camera and I have been building a very good relationship.  There seems to be a bit of a language barrier, however.  She speaks in ISO, Aperture, and White Balance; whereas, I only understand hot glue, fabric, and spray paint. 


I figured things might get better if I could make her a brand new strap cover.  I contemplated typing up a tutorial, but I’m just going to link you to the tutorials I used.  They explained it way better than I could.  And, apparently, they sew better than I do as well. :(


The best part about this project is that it was completely free.  I have tons of fabric waiting to be used for some “prettifying project”, and it came in quite handy.


Have I ever told you what a messy worker I am?  It’s ridiculous, really.


I made four and one turned out.  Figures.  I have learned that it is nearly impossible for me to sew a straight line.  Am I missing something here?


In my defense, the pink one was gathered fabric that was being very difficult for me.  Let’s just say that’s the reason it looks like a snake rather than a camera strap cover.


I went back and forth between Made by Petchy and Tidy Mom.  Thank you so much to both of you for such great instructions.  Now if you could just teach me how to sew a straight line…



Jerri-Lea March 29, 2010 at 2:32 am

Looks great! I just made myself a padded camera strap cover on Friday but I didn't measure my strap before and took the word of the tutorial I found. It looks pretty good but is 3 inches short (it is 22 inches). For curiosity how long did you have to make yours??

These Are The Days March 29, 2010 at 2:39 am

Thanks for the reminder that with my new sewing machine and my new camera I can and should just make one myself! Love them, great job. :)

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** March 29, 2010 at 2:42 am

I think they look great! (and I love the pink fabric–would be so fun to make something with it!) Uhm, I am looking for DSLR camera and seeking opinions. Could you tell me what kind you have and if you like it? Thanks!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty March 29, 2010 at 2:49 am

Oh I am so doing this! I had been thinking about it for awhile because the "canon" branding isn't really my style. Thanks for the links and your results….you inspired me!

Em March 29, 2010 at 2:57 am

Horray! You did great-and I'm inspired to do my own. My husband just bought himself a new camera so our old SLR is all MINE! (insert evil laugh here) Next time (or maybe you're over it like I would be) try backing the pink puckering fabric with a lightweight iron on stabilizer and then cutting it to size.
Thanks for inspiring me all the time! You rock!

Melissa March 29, 2010 at 3:12 am

yesterday I finally made mine. It was a nightmare. I hate sewing. I hate it. Wish I could love it, but no, hate it. I too cannot sew straight. I tried making two, but my first one was the best. Good job though.

You'll get the camera down though. It is 100 times easier than sewing!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick March 29, 2010 at 3:31 am

They are precious and it is SAD that I've already thought about a strap for the camera I have not bought yet nor do I have the money for yet. But it will be cute!!

The Girl Creative March 29, 2010 at 3:35 am

Sewing a straight line IS hard! lol You did a great job on those covers though. :)

Rita March 29, 2010 at 3:39 am

Looks like you finally made that straight line. Isn't it fun to take material and make something new? Enjoy your new camera and your new strap!

Tales From My Empty Nest March 29, 2010 at 3:48 am

You are being too hard on yourself. Those camera straps are adorable and I like that puckery pink one. You should be proud of yourself. Love & blessings from NC!

beckaboots March 29, 2010 at 5:50 am

Wow you did great! I've wanted to try doing this on my own for a while… and you've inspired me to finally get to it.
And don't worry, I can't sew in a straight line for the life of me.

Kristen March 29, 2010 at 6:44 am

Do you know that Dan bought me a sewing machine LAST Christmas (as in 2008 Christmas) that I have yet to unpack? I keep saying "I'll set it up when the basement is finished." So maybe you can blame your non line sew skills to the trauma of having to sew at a kitchen table?

I think they turned out super cute…well, except for the snake one. But A for effort Oprah. And in my single girl days, I found that language barriers = great make out sessions. I'm just sayin…

daph-a-dills March 29, 2010 at 7:47 am

I see a market for these…i would buy them for sure!!! I soooooo would!!!! LOL

CosmoGirl Carla March 29, 2010 at 10:36 am

I have so been wanting to do this. Yours turned out fantastic! I should just pull the stuff out and do it.

Sewing a straight line can be easy. Does the strike plate of your machine have little lines with measurements? Usually in eighth inch increments. Use those to as a guide when feeding your fabric through, keeping the edge of the fabric along the line as it feeds through. Or, your machine should have come with a quarter inch foot. In which case you would just guide the fabric through using the right edge of the foot (or any foot for that matter) as your guide. Also, you may have to make sure the pressure on the pressure foot is down enough to hold the fabric steady but not too steady it won't feed through easily. And, if you're sewing something with a very wide seam allowance, try measuring from the needle out to where the seam allowance ends, and place a piece of colored tape on the machine to the right of the strike plate as a guide.

Sheesh . . . sorry to go on 'bout it! You'll get it. And if not, so what! Look how fabulously your project turned out! :o)

TidyMom March 29, 2010 at 11:23 am

Chris you did a FABULOUS job!! did you not see the different sizes mine came out! LOL……..I've made some since then and it get's easier…I actually need to make myself a new one, but I dread putting the strap on and off my camera THAT was hard!!lol

thanks for the linky love too!♥

Kaye March 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

They all look great! You think of everything!!!!! Love all of your fabrics too.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions March 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

These are so pretty, Chris! Love the fabrics!

1 Funky Woman March 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

How great are these! I love all your fabric. Maybe I will get a new camera so I can have one of these!

Just Rhonda March 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

That's funny I just made one of these too!! :) Yours look great! I'm posting mine tomorrow

Anonymous March 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

The first paragraph is one of the reasons I love reading your blog! On so many blogs I just look at the photos but your sense of humor keeps me reading yours!!! Love the camera straps even if they don't have straight lines… like the nester says "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!"


Irene March 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

A pretty thing so you can take pictures of pretty things.

Sara March 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I love your straps! I've been meaning to make one for my camera as well. When that will ever happen is another thing altogether. Sewing a straight line is all about cutting the straight line first, then just line it up with the lines on your sewing machine. I think yours look great though!

jenifriend March 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

the straps are great! one of these days when i open my sewing machine box i'll make one of these. :)

on a side note – if you need answers to your photography questions don't hesitate to drop me a line. i'll do what i can to give you some guidance!

Erin March 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

well if you figure out how to sew in a straight line, PLEASE post a tutorial on that! I have the same problem!!! lol

Beth@The Stories of A to Z March 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I want one! I can't sew a straight line either, but I'll take one of your rejects. The black and white ones look cute.

Elizabeth March 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

love this idea!! I'll have to consider dressing my camera strap up as well.

Darlene March 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm

That is such a fab idea. Thanks for sharing. I love personalizing stuff and it never occured to me to do so with the camera. Love it!

Melanie March 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I wish I could sew. The strap is so cute. I bought one for my camera. Wish I could have sewn one like you.

The Cozy Chateau March 30, 2010 at 2:39 am

Wow, I'm impressed. They are so lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my mudroom post. And yes, I do love laundry rooms too (another secret obsession) and I plan to revamp mine soon. :)
Love your blog – yours was one of the first that I became addicted to. I remember spending hours reading through your achived posts when I first – thankfully – stumbled upon your corner of blogworld.

Susanne March 30, 2010 at 5:25 am

Love it. I recently just made one for myself, but added a pocket for my lens cap.

followingtheroad March 30, 2010 at 5:46 am

What beautiful fabric! I love the covers.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish March 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

Very nice! I need to do this – I love how yours turned out!

Mary March 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Love you so much!!! I am a girl with Cannon 50D.
It looks so fancy I will try it for sure.

Rachel March 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I'm dying to get a camera like this. I have to know: did you shop around for the best price? Where did you end up getting it?

Creations By Cindy March 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I adore your camera straps! They are adorable! I am bookmarking this for sure! Thanks and be blessed. Cindy

Jess March 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

did you ever have something on your mind and kept putting it off….until you read a blog about it!?!! your straps look great!!! now i have no excuses! thanks for sharing this!

teresa-bug March 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm

That is EXACTLY what my dining room table looks like right now. I hope to get it straightened up soon!

Mindy March 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

These are cute! I feel sort of sheepish for buying one… i love the black and white prints!

Sarah March 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Oh my goodness, love it! I just got a T1i too, so I'm going to take a break from life and make me one of these little beauties!!

Anonymous March 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I just recently found your blog and it's one of may faves….not that I could ever even attempt to do half this stuff. sigh. I did however get all jazzed about organizing and went and bought an armload of those mini-can/bucket type things in the Target dollar spot. Anyway, you're a riot. I heart your blog.

: ) katy

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt March 31, 2010 at 2:39 am

Oh…how I want to be like the cool girls and have one now! Yours is just too cute my dear. :)


Blarney April 6, 2010 at 1:10 am

Love it! Now I just need to buy a camera as fancy as yours!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart April 8, 2010 at 1:30 am

love the straps! You did a great job. I need one for my camera. I will have to check out those tutorials!
Thanks for linking to my party!

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