Create your own camera strap cover

Hey there, lovelies. I hope you’re having a great Wednesday. Today I want to share with you my tutorial for how to make your own camera strap cover. I originally submitted this post to Kate over at Chic on a Shoestring. She’s on vacay and needed some bloggy friends to fill her pages so she could relax with her fam. I was happy to oblige.

As we bloggers know, good photography is a key component of a professional and captivating blog space. For my photos, I shoot with a Nikon D2X digital SLR camera, which I purchased used on eBay. I use a Tamron 18-200 mm lens for my โ€œeverydayโ€ photos; and I use a Tamron 10-24 mm lens when I need those wide, full-room shots (like my living room and guest bath re-do). I would also recommend purchasing a 50 mm fixed focus length lens, which works fabulously in low-light situations for portraits and detailed photos, like food.

With all that said, a good camera deserves a super-cute, customized strap cover to go along with it, wouldnโ€™t you agree?

You can find gorgeous, handmade camera strap covers all over Etsy-land. But they can cost as much as $50. Fortunately, Iโ€™m going to show you how to make your very own, on the cheap!

You’ll want to begin by checking the dimensions of your camera strap. Add two inches to both the length and width and cut out two identical pieces of fabric matching those dimensions. (I cut mine 26 inches long by 4 inches wide.)

Next you’ll want to cut out some fleece fabric, which will serve as a liner (this makes for a nice, thick, comfy strap cover).

To determine the size of your fleece strips, subtract one inch from the length and width of your fabric pieces. (My fleece strips were 25 inches long by 3 inches wide.) This will keep your hem from getting too puffy-looking.

Now you’ll want to sew a 1/2-inch hem along the top and bottom of each strip.

Once you have all four tops and bottoms hemmed, it’s time to line up the whole piece and begin making the final hems.

Flip both pieces over so the felt is on the inside and begin folding under the sides (1/2 inch) and then pinning the two pieces together.

Once you have everything pinned, carefully hem each side. Caution: Make sure you don’t hem in too far; you’ll need to leave ample room for the strap to slip through.

Once you’re done with the strap cover, you can embellish it with a handmade rosette, like I did.

I just used my hot glue gun and some 1 1/2-inch ribbon to create this rosette.

After that, just slip your strap through the cover and voila! Here’s the finished strap cover.

The total cost of this project was $8, including the fabric, fleece lining and green ribbon. Not too bad, huh? Total time spent on the project was two hours.

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Ciao for now!

I’m linking this up to DIY by Design, Wild Wednesdays, Show and Tell, Kelly’s Korner, Home Stories of A to Z, Today’s Creative Blog.

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13 Responses

  1. Sharon Hines says:

    Always happy to have you join Show & Tell. Not only is this a great idea, but it’s stylish and pretty. I’m thinking you could join in Etsy Land and sell yours for $50. Thank you for linking up!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  2. Mandy Rose says:

    Love this! I have been wanting to buy a camera strap cover forever, but have just never done it! Yours turned out so good!

    • Susan says:

      Thanks, Mandy. I probably would have chosen a different fabric. I went to our local fabric store and they have the tiniest selection. But, like always, I was super rushed to get this project done and I didn’t have time to get to a big fabric store. Story of my life!

  3. Jess Allison says:

    This is so great Susan, thank you for sharing! Another project to build my sewing confidence! You talented lady you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Judy says:

    Great tutorial. I will be featuring it tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  5. Adorable! Looks fabulous! That’s by far the prettiest one I’ve ever seen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jenny says:

    very awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been looking to make my own cover for a while & now I know how ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the walkthrough ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susan says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your camera strap cover. This is an easy project that even sewing-challenged people like me can figure out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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