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Camera Strap Cover {Tutorial}

As soon as I got my new camera I knew that I wanted one of those cute camera straps I’ve seen around. It never dawned on me that most of them were just simple covers made to go over your strap.
By making them myself I could have a whole wardrobe for my camera to suit my mood and MY outfits!

Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL? LOL
I thought some of you might like to jazz up your camera straps as well, so here’s how I did it!

These are really easy to make. My Nikon strap is about 1.5″ wide, so I made these to fit that size. You can make these 2 sided with contrasting fabrics (which is what I did) or you could do them in all the same fabric, just cut your initial piece twice as wide and skip step #4.

You will need fabric, paper, pen, scissors, pins, fusible interfacing, thread.

1. Fold your strap in half and trace it on a piece of paper (I used a brown bag)


2. Add a 1/2″ all the way around your pattern you drew. This is your seam allowance
(I made mine about 27″ long).
Cut out paper pattern.

3. Fold your fabric in half and place your pattern on top, with the straight short edge against the fold of the fabric. Cut two pieces.


4. Sew the strips right sides together, then press seam open.


5. I made mine padded with fusible light fleece interfacing. You need about 5″by 27″. This is optional of course, I like the feel of the padding and think they look nicer, but you can skip this step if you don’t mind the hard strap. Iron on the fusible interfacing according to directions, and trim excess.



6. Fold one end in about one inch, and then again over one inch to hide the seam and make it have clean finish. I then sewed three lines, 1/4″ apart so the ends will be more sturdy and it looks more polished.



Do this this to both ends. ~See how nice they look?


7. Pin the right sides together.


8. Sew right sides together. I think I did about 1/4″ seem, but you can judge according to what will fit your strap. Just remember, you want it about 1/2″ larger than your strap so it’s easy to slide on and off.


9. Trim your seam allowance so it’s not in the way when you slide your strap in.


10. This is the hardest part…..turn inside out. I used a plastic spoon to help push it thru.


Then I pulled thru with my fingers.


11. Then iron your cover, feed your strap through and your FINISHED!


Easy right?!

I had so much fun I made four of them!
By the time I made the forth one, I think it only took me 15 mins from start to finish.
(I played around with different sizes to see what worked the best)
I bought 1/4 yds. of all my fabric and I have enough to do a few more – so I’m sure you could get by with 1/8 yd of each fabric.



Now go make your self one…….or four!! LOL
You’ll have even MORE fun taking pictures when you look all cute with your stylish strap!!

If you’re “afraid” of your sewing machine, you can still make one by hand like my friend Emily did!
Head over to Remodeling This Life and see the strap cover Emily made with out a sewing machine!

This Works for ME!! Head over to We Are THAT Family and see what others are doing for Works for ME Wednesday!

 

 

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

94 Responses to “Camera Strap Cover {Tutorial}”

  1. Bridget posted on May 21, 2009 at 7:20 am (#
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    That is so, so adorable! It makes me want to have a fancy camera! :)

    Saw your comment on my blog (about the ice cream). There is a link there to the “Jerry’s chocolate” ice cream. You’ll have to try it!

  2. Bridget posted on May 21, 2009 at 7:20 am (#
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    That is so, so adorable! It makes me want to have a fancy camera! :)

    Saw your comment on my blog (about the ice cream). There is a link there to the “Jerry’s chocolate” ice cream. You’ll have to try it!

  3. nottheplan posted on May 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm (#
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    What a great tutorial! If I ever decide to make one, I know where to go for directions.

  4. nottheplan posted on May 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm (#
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    What a great tutorial! If I ever decide to make one, I know where to go for directions.

  5. Vera posted on June 16, 2009 at 1:51 am (#
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    I have been thinking of either buying those cute camera straps or making a cover myself. This tutorial is definitely useful! Thank you!

  6. Vera posted on June 16, 2009 at 1:51 am (#
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    I have been thinking of either buying those cute camera straps or making a cover myself. This tutorial is definitely useful! Thank you!

  7. La Table De Nana posted on July 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm (#
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    Look at this!!! I will try! What a cute idea!

  8. La Table De Nana posted on July 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm (#
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    Look at this!!! I will try! What a cute idea!

  9. Laura posted on August 25, 2009 at 8:58 pm (#
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    Thanks for this cute idea and helpful tutorial! I'm going to do this one for sure!!

  10. Laura posted on August 25, 2009 at 8:58 pm (#
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    Thanks for this cute idea and helpful tutorial! I'm going to do this one for sure!!

  11. beachy keen girl posted on August 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm (#
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    I MUST try this! My Nikon is needing a fun strap cover :) Thanks!

  12. beachy keen girl posted on August 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm (#
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    I MUST try this! My Nikon is needing a fun strap cover :) Thanks!

  13. rebekah posted on September 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm (#
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    WOW!! These turned out great! i am for sure going to try this!! Thanks for posting!

  14. rebekah posted on September 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm (#
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    WOW!! These turned out great! i am for sure going to try this!! Thanks for posting!

  15. Brooke posted on January 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm (#
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    Thanks for the tut, I totally made one with my new sewing machine after seeing this great post and remembering another one I'd bookmarked forever ago. I did a black and white damask pattern too, and I LOVE IT! :)

    PS: Looking forward to your Valentine project post, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. :)

  16. Brooke posted on January 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm (#
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    Thanks for the tut, I totally made one with my new sewing machine after seeing this great post and remembering another one I'd bookmarked forever ago. I did a black and white damask pattern too, and I LOVE IT! :)

    PS: Looking forward to your Valentine project post, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. :)

  17. Dani posted on February 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm (#
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    Those are so cute! I made my own version and linked to your tutorial.

    mommy-made-it.blogspot.com

  18. Dani posted on February 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm (#
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    Those are so cute! I made my own version and linked to your tutorial.

    mommy-made-it.blogspot.com

  19. Emily posted on February 14, 2010 at 12:00 am (#
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    Wow! This looks so fun! I'm an amateur crafter/sewer but I think I could do this. Can't wait to give it a try!

  20. Emily posted on February 14, 2010 at 12:00 am (#
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    Wow! This looks so fun! I'm an amateur crafter/sewer but I think I could do this. Can't wait to give it a try!

  21. Katie posted on February 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm (#
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    Great job Cheryl! Question: In the last picture, you show all the straps you made. How did you feed the camera strap through the thinner ones? Does it work?

  22. Katie posted on February 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm (#
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    Great job Cheryl! Question: In the last picture, you show all the straps you made. How did you feed the camera strap through the thinner ones? Does it work?

  23. Robyn Fish posted on February 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm (#
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    oh!! I'm so excited you posted this. My husband doesn't understand my need for a camera strap cover, but I beg him for one!!! :D

  24. Robyn Fish posted on February 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm (#
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    oh!! I'm so excited you posted this. My husband doesn't understand my need for a camera strap cover, but I beg him for one!!! :D

  25. Tiffany posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm (#
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    Thank you so much! I just got my first sewing machine & this HAD to be my first project. Your directions were by far the best that I have seen! I just finished & I love my new strap slipcover! Thanks!

  26. Tiffany posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm (#
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    Thank you so much! I just got my first sewing machine & this HAD to be my first project. Your directions were by far the best that I have seen! I just finished & I love my new strap slipcover! Thanks!

  27. Real Housewife in MN posted on May 13, 2010 at 9:56 am (#
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    Thanks SO much for such an easy tutorial. Love the step-by-step photos and yours were great! Just attempted my own (http://minnesotahousewife.blogspot.com/2010/05/mn-housewife-attempts-home-sewn-camera.html) and you're right, once you do one you want to make 10 more! Thanks again!

  28. Real Housewife in MN posted on May 13, 2010 at 9:56 am (#
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    Thanks SO much for such an easy tutorial. Love the step-by-step photos and yours were great! Just attempted my own (http://minnesotahousewife.blogspot.com/2010/05/mn-housewife-attempts-home-sewn-camera.html) and you're right, once you do one you want to make 10 more! Thanks again!

  29. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com posted on June 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm (#
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    SO much fun!! Would be nice to be able to coordinate my camera strap with my outfit (or more likely, my mood! ha ha!)

  30. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com posted on June 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm (#
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    SO much fun!! Would be nice to be able to coordinate my camera strap with my outfit (or more likely, my mood! ha ha!)

  31. Arlene (CO Kid) posted on July 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm (#
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    I made one! Thanks for sharing and making it so clear and easy to read. My first one is very plain (I really have NO sewing skills!), but I am going to get out the ribbons and stuff and make some more for gifts. (No more entering all the cover give-away contests!)

    http://ayearofus.blogspot.com/2010/07/diy-camera-strap-cover-chipotle-not.html

  32. Arlene (CO Kid) posted on July 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm (#
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    I made one! Thanks for sharing and making it so clear and easy to read. My first one is very plain (I really have NO sewing skills!), but I am going to get out the ribbons and stuff and make some more for gifts. (No more entering all the cover give-away contests!)

    http://ayearofus.blogspot.com/2010/07/diy-camera-strap-cover-chipotle-not.html

  33. Melynda posted on April 15, 2012 at 12:39 am (#
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    I’ve had this page open for a week. hehe Finally made it today!! I havent sewn anything in over 6 years thought I’d come back in with something small. Thanks for the tutorial, Now I just need to learn how to cut, *facepalm*

  34. Christy posted on October 19, 2012 at 6:37 am (#
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    i made 2 of these and I’m so excited to use them. i added a little extra addition though, a pocket to hold my lense cap because i’m always loosing it.

  35. 24oct08 posted on March 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm (#
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    Just wondering if this “slips” once it is on the camera…how do you keep it centered so that it isn’t touching your camera on one side and exposing the original strap on the other side? It seems like it would slip back and forth all the time…no? I am a beginner, so I don’t want to struggle through sewing this and then have it slip all over! :) Thanks!

  36. Shantal posted on August 18, 2013 at 2:34 am (#
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    This is the best tutorial I’ve read so far! Thanks a bunch!! Your camera straps are super cute! I can’t wait to make some for me and my cousin! :)

  37. Julie posted on September 10, 2013 at 3:26 am (#
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    Thank you for the great clear tutorial. I made one and have popped a photo of it on my blog with a link to here. Please make sure you are happy with how I’ve done this, I am new to blogging and want to be careful to link properly – credit where credit is due.

  38. Amanda posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm (#
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    Thanks for the tutorial! Where did you get your light fleece interfacing? (and could it be called anything else?)

  39. Jurgita posted on January 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm (#
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    Wow! Awesome and quite easy! Thank you!

  40. Barb Schwarz posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm (#
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    I would never try to make one of these unique covers myself. I would love to find someone who could make one for a camera strap that said Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band on it. (I don’t want much do I ?)

    I would pay handsomely for a cover like that. (I have a grandson in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.)

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