Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cover your Camera Strap!

I took a photography class last week from Angie Hansen. It was a fantastic class. I really learned alot. I was pretty excited about learning so much about my camera and photography.....when I get excited I usually sew. So the covered camera strap (sure to have been made before) was born...(in my house anyway).

Start by measuring the bulky part of your camera strap. Mine measured about 2" wide x 19 1/2" long

Times the width by 4 and add 1" to the length. New measurement: 6" wide x 20 1/2" long
Use this formula for any size strap.

I decided to use 2 1/2" strips, great for using up jelly roll scraps. My camera needed 10 - 2 1/2" x 6" strips. If for instance your camera strap was 1 1/2" longer than mine, just add one extra strip and cut off equal amounts from the first and last strip to make it the right size.

Lay out your strips in the order you want them as shown below .

Sew each strip together using 1/4" seam allowance. Sewing along the 6" side. Press between each seam.

Next cut a piece of fusible fleece the size of your pieced strip. If your camera strap is the same size as mine, is should measure 6" x 20 1/2". Press the fusible fleece strip to the wrong side.

Top stitch on each side of the seams as shown.

Press in half


Bring each raw edge onto the pressed mark in the center and press as shown.

Repeat so that both raw edges are pressed into the middle. Each raw edge should lay right up to the middle pressed mark.

Open back up and fold each short edge 1/2" in and press.

Lay the camera strap along the middle fold. Fold each edge as originally pressed.

Pin in place.

Top stitch around entire camera strap

You are done...Put your strap back on your camer and enjoy your new chic camera strap.

Hope you enjoyed this totorial!


Snot Head (a.k.a Kylie) said...

That is gorgeous. I love how it completely personalizes your camera.

Barb said...

I would love to take a class....and do love the camera strap...how clever.

Carlie said...

How neat! It would also be a good musical instrument strap. Thanks for the idea!

Domestic Designer said...

What a great idea! I am definitely going to make one. I would love to take a photography class.

Kim said...

I Love it!! Thank you for sharing!

Angie Hansen said...

Thats funny cause I was going to make one of those too. I love your idea. That is definitely up next on my list to do. Your pictures are looking great by the way.

maiahs_momma said...

WOW, gorgeous...have been wanting to make a camera strap of my own and I couldn't seem to find a pattern or tutorial or anything. So thank you so much for creating one :D!

Inky Hugs,

Mary Jo said...

that is adorable! you just get more and more creative

Aly Beth said...

Thanks! That is such an awesome look!


Cristina said...

Great idea, I'll try to do it.