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Sew Your Own Camera Strap – Tutorial

I met so many nice people at the BlogHer conference.  One of the things people commented on the most was my cute camera strap.  A few blogger friends had cute straps, but almost everyone had the standard black strap that came with the camera.  I started explaining how to make the camera strap a few times, but then just said, “Oh, it’s on my blog.  Check out the sewing tab and you’ll find it.”  Here’s a repost for my new friends who are coming to find the tutorial.

I promised a tutorial on how to make a camera strap cover, so here it is!  This is probably the easiest sewing project ever.  If you can sew a straight line, then you can make this.

Let me start by saying that I have a standard Canon camera strap.  It’s just the basic strap that came with the camera.  Depending on your camera strap, you may have to adjust the length or width of your pieces of fabric. 

I chose two complementary fabrics.  One fabric will be for the inside of the strap and one fabric will be for the outside of the strap.  I also bought some fusible fleece, to add a little structure and padding.  Fusible fleece is just what the name says.  It’s fleece that is fusible on one side.  It feels a little rough on the fusible side, and it’s easy to tell which is which. 

Cut 1 piece, from the main fabric, that measures 2 1/2″ x 25 1/2″.
Cut 1 piece, from the complementary fabric, that measures 2 1/2″ x 25 1/2″.
Cut 1 piece, from the fusible fleece, that measures 2 1/2″ x 24 1/4″.  (Note:  I cut my fleece 1 1/4″ shorter than my fabrics.  If you are using a different length strap, just subtract this amount from your length.)

Fold the ends of the fabric pieces over 1/4 inch and press.  Only press the short ends of the fabric.  I sewed  these ends down, once they were pressed.  You could use a zigzag stitch, two parallel lines, or a decorative stitch.  I chose to do two parallel lines.

Then, you’re ready to add your fusible fleece.  Take the fabric that you want for the inside of the camera strap and lay it face down (wrong side up) on the ironing board.  Lay the rough side of the fusible fleece onto the fabric.  Follow the directions that came with your fusible fleece.  Mine said to iron on the fabric, not the fleece, so I needed to flip the entire piece over once I had it centered the way I wanted. (Remember, you cut your fleece slightly shorter than the other pieces.)

Here, you can see that I flipped the fabric/fleece and I’m ironing on the right side of the fabric.  The fleece is underneath.

Now, you’re ready to pin and sew.  There are very few projects that I actually take the time to pin  This is one project that I needed to pin.  I just didn’t want anything to shift as I was sewing.  Place the two pieces of camera straps RIGHT sides together.  Your fusible fleece will now be attached to one of your pieces.  RIGHT sides together means that the pretty sides of the fabrics are facing each other. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance and a straight stitch, stitch down the long edges of the camera strap.

Ok, here comes the hardest part of the whole project.  Your fabric will be sewn into a tube, open at both of the short ends.  You need to turn the fabric so the pretty sides are on the outside.

Once you get it turned, press it and get ready for the last step.  To give the camera strap a more finished look, I used a straight stitch and ran all the way down the length of the strap.  I used a 1/16″ seam allowance, and did this down both sides.  I like the look of a contrasting thread, so I used white thread.

In this picture, you can see the two parallel lines, across the short ends, that I sewed in a previous step.  You can also see the straight stitch down the left side of the camera strap.  The 1/16th seam allowance is really tiny, but just sew slowly and it’ll be great!

Just like that, you’re all done!  I’ve made a couple of these straps now and have one suggestion if you are new to sewing.  If you are not confident in precise rotary cutting or perfectly straight stitching, I’d cut your pieces slightly bigger.  (Maybe 1/16″ or 1/8″ bigger.)  I’d hate for you to get finished with your camera strap cover, only to find that you can’t actually fit your camera strap inside of it!

 I hope you’ll give this project a try!  Let me know if you do!

Happy sewing!

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One Artsy Mama

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  • Anonymous
    September 26, 2012

    Just got my sewing machine today. Haven't sewn since home economics in 7th grade (decades ago). I'm scared, nervous and excited at the same time, this will be my first project. Thanks for making it simple for a newbie like me. Wish me luck!

  • Lynet Sandoval Witty
    December 3, 2012

    I love the fabrics you chose!

  • Anonymous
    January 7, 2013

    just made mine and love it! i made a flower out of ribbon, added a button center for an embellishment.

  • Anonymous
    February 2, 2013

    Do you sew the new strap onto that black peice?

  • Leona
    November 22, 2014

    It’s amazing to visit again n again coming to your blogs the superb effort is here. cute dslr camera straps