After I got my camera last year, I decided that I wanted a cute strap to go with it. It was a really great choice to make my own because I was able to spot my camera out of a group (like when my sister took me on the WB Studios tour in California). But, because the strap was just a cover, it didn’t have enough padding and wearing it for long periods of time made my neck really sore. It needed more padding.
So when my camera decided to malfunction and I had to send it to NY for a repair, I knew that was the perfect time to redo the strap. I didn’t want to just do a cover because I felt like I couldn’t get the padding I wanted with one. Instead, I decided to make a strap using this technique I found on Pinterest.
I was able to use everything from the strap that came with the camera when I bought it. This strap cost me less than a dollar to make. So, even though there are things I wish I had done a little differently I’m pretty happy with my $0.94 project!
- Fat quarter from JoAnn’s
- Original Camera Strap
- Batting (already owned)
First, I took the ends off my old strap using my seam ripper. Then I cut my fabric and batting, using the original strap as a guide.
Wrap the batting around the original camera strap and sew the ends so it’ll stay in place. I used a zig-zag stitch to keep the ends closed.
Then I sewed the tube for the actual strap. Sewing the strap took maybe 10 minutes. You’re only sewing straight lines so it was pretty easy! The parts that took the longest were pulling the batting piece through the strap tube (my fault because the strap was a tad too small) and putting the leather pieces on the ends of the strap. Since the holes were already there in the leather pieces I decided to use embroidery thread and sew them on by hand. I bent quite a few needles and poked myself one too many times. Next time, I’ll just use my machine!
I picked a design neutral fabric because the girly fabric I wanted Chris wasn’t a fan of. I figured that he wouldn’t want to wear a flower print around his neck if he was going to use my camera. Because, you know, I do part with my camera one in a blue moon to let him use it.
I’m not going to lie, I’m already itching to make another strap. This is probably my absolute favorite thing to make! It’s so easy, quick, and there are so many possibilities with different fabric patterns!
Do you have a project that you love and would make multiple times if you could?