30 Minute Camera Strap Cover

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I love my new camera, my Nikon D3200.  But, I absolutely hate the strap it comes with! It is so uncomfortable, scratchy, and I do not want to be constantly readjusting the strap due to discomfort when photographing things.

Original strap that came with the camera
Ugh. It doesn’t even look comfortable!

So, my first thought was to make a padded cover for the strap that would be comfortable, colorful, and stylish.  I looked up a few ideas on Pinterest and came across this one from Life in Grace.  It was exactly what I wanted and needed, and so simple to sew!

What you need:

  • 2 fabric straps- mine were 2.25 x 21 inches (your strap may be a different size so measure before you cut!)
  • 1 fusible fleece piece 2.25 x 21 inches

I decided to use two different fabrics for a different look, but you don’t have to do that.

How to make your strap:

First, cut your pieces to the length you need.

fabric-straps
2.25 x 21 inches

Fold each end of your fabric straps by a quarter of an inch (1/4) and iron them down. This will give your strap a nice finished look when all is said and done.

fold-over

Then, iron on the fusible fleece to the backside of one of your fabrics.  It doesn’t matter which one.

fusible-fleece

Sew the ends of the fabric strips.  I used a 1/4 seam allowance to keep the ironed flap down.

sew-down-the-flap

Then, sew a top stitch (I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance this time) to give it a more finished look.  You can use a smaller seam allowance to make the lines closer together, but I like the space between the two.

You’ll do this four times before moving on to the next step.

sew-a-finished-stitch
Top stitching a project gives it a nice finished look.

Next, pin your two pieces of fabric together, making sure to lay the right sides of the fabric on top of each other.

pin-fabric-straps-before-sewing-the-edgeNow, sew down the sides using a 1/4 seam allowance!  Once you’ve sewed both sides turn your fabric right side out.

turn-strap-inside-out

You can top stitch down the sides if you desire, and I really wanted to but my sewing machine was acting up.  So, while I definitely recommend doing a top stitch my strap does not have it.

Attach a safety-pin to the end of the camera strap your camera came with when you bought it and slowly weed it through your fabric strap (this took me forever!).  Once you’ve got the fabric strap on there, you’re done!  Attach the strap back on your camera and you are ready to take pictures again!  Plus, you’ll have a really nice, comfortable, stylish strap to wear.

30 Minute Padded Camera Strap Tutorial from Crafty WifeDoesn’t it look so much better?

**To purchase the same fabric I used click on this link and search for
Metro Living Circles Turquoise & Moda Shades Of Black Dilly Dally Grey**

6 Comments

  1. So cute! I need to make a new one for my camera, again. I’ve never tried using a fleece liner, good idea. (I wondered how everyone was selling them on Etsy with padding…)

    You need a bodkin! I can’t find the one I have, but here’s something similar -http://www.joann.com/dritz-bodkin-threader-and-tweezer-3in/9449356.html
    You can also use a chopstick and hot glue a medium safety pin to the flat end. Makes it so much easier to feed elastic and turn small casings out.

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