DIY Camera Strap Cover

Posted on April 8, 2011

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TGIF!

Can you hear that tapping?  That’s the sweet sound of our Friday happy dance.  The last couple of weeks have been monsters, stress-wise, so we welcome today with open arms.  We’re taking the afternoon off for a little travel planning + fun in the sun.  M and I procrastinated and MUST stop by the USPS today to apply for our passports.  We hear Canada is great and all, but we think our families would miss us if we couldn’t re-enter the U.S. 😉  After that, we’re off to the Japanese Tea Garden and Brackenridge Park.  Pretty flowers + Gus park walk + running while Gus hangs out in his car = awesome.  The only wrinkle in our fun afternoon plans is the expected 96 degree high for today.  WTF!  It’s only April!

As promised in our Wednesday post, we are including some photos of the two DIY camera straps we made this past weekend.  And when I say “we”, I mean “I”.  M and Gus couldn’t care less about our camera strap.  Boys…

I’m a visual person and was all excited about photographing each step so I could post an entire DIY camera strap tutorial.  So, here you go:

What?  You aren’t able to craft a strap cover using this one, lone photo? 😉

Obviously, as I got moving along in my project, I neglected to take photos.  Oops.  Click here for the fantastic tutorial I based my pattern off of.  If this one doesn’t float your boat, a quick Google search will display tons of other examples.  Here are the modifications I suggest in case you decide to sew your own cover using this tutorial:

  • Cut the print and solid fabric 23 1/2 inches by 6 inches wide
    • The extra length will cover more of your strap and the extra width is for the lens cap pocket
  • Add a pocket (cute buttons, optional) to hold your lens cap

I did not use coordinating thread, do not own a rotary cutter and used a regular ruler.  So no worries if you don’t have all the materials listed on the tutorial!

And if you’re thinking to yourself, “what is she doing spending hours making camera straps when they’re constantly complaining about how much they have to do”, you’d be absolutely correct.  In retrospect, it wasn’t the best use of my time, but it’s oh-so pretty.  This camera strap will visit most states in the U.S. and part of Canada in a couple months…it needs to look good, right?  Good.  I’m glad you agree. 😀

The strap in the above photo was my first attempt last Friday evening.  I loved the watercolor print in the store, but when it was fashioned into a small strap, I wasn’t digging it.  I knew I should have went with my gut and purchased something bright and colorful.  So, back to the store I went on Saturday…

Much more fun, right?!  I used a 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon for the buttons.  For an additional $.65 I think it added some serious pizzaz.

The pocket keeps the lens cap as snug as a bug in a rug. 

The grand total in material expense for both straps was a mere $7!

Not too shabby for someone who had to call their mom for help on threading a bobbin!

M graciously agreed to model the new strap cover for a quick photo.  Luckily, he’s 100% (okay, maybe 70%) comfortable with sporting a pink and yellow camera strap with aqua buttons. 😉

And what was our sweet dogger doing while the sewing machine was buzzing away?  Hanging out at the table with us, of course.

 

We hope you have a wonderful Friday and fantastic weekend.  For those who will be around tomorrow, we’ll see you for the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop.  Adios!

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