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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. Cathy Cobblestone posted on May 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm (#
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    Cheryl – I love this – you did an awesome job and what a great tutorial. And I of course, love the black and white – especially the polka dots. Thanks for sharing! Cathy

  2. Cathy Cobblestone posted on May 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm (#
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    Cheryl – I love this – you did an awesome job and what a great tutorial. And I of course, love the black and white – especially the polka dots. Thanks for sharing! Cathy

  3. Dominika posted on May 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm (#
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    LOVE them! I may have to try and make one or 4 :o) So which one is your favorite and how many have you made since this was posted? Hee hee.

  4. Dominika posted on May 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm (#
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    LOVE them! I may have to try and make one or 4 :o) So which one is your favorite and how many have you made since this was posted? Hee hee.

  5. Jenny posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:08 am (#
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    I love it! I just got my Nikon last week and have seen these cool straps! I can’t wait to make my own!

  6. Jenny posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:08 am (#
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    I love it! I just got my Nikon last week and have seen these cool straps! I can’t wait to make my own!

  7. Nicole posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:20 am (#
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    Pretty!

  8. Nicole posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:20 am (#
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    Pretty!

  9. Jenny @ Another Jennifer Speaks posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:55 am (#
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    oh wow that’s really nifty. im gonna have to try that for my camera :) maybe even some of my bags.

  10. Jenny @ Another Jennifer Speaks posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:55 am (#
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    oh wow that’s really nifty. im gonna have to try that for my camera :) maybe even some of my bags.

  11. Michelle posted on May 20, 2009 at 3:07 am (#
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    oh that’s something I’m trying ;) Have a good week.

  12. Michelle posted on May 20, 2009 at 3:07 am (#
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    oh that’s something I’m trying ;) Have a good week.

  13. Robin~ posted on May 20, 2009 at 3:48 am (#
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    I’ve seen these online and thought about making one ~ thank you for the beautiful photos, the tutorial was perfect!
    I’m just thinking The Husband, who is the father of our Nikon may not like my choice of fabrics!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

  14. Robin~ posted on May 20, 2009 at 3:48 am (#
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    I’ve seen these online and thought about making one ~ thank you for the beautiful photos, the tutorial was perfect!
    I’m just thinking The Husband, who is the father of our Nikon may not like my choice of fabrics!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

  15. Mrs. Jones posted on May 20, 2009 at 7:56 am (#
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    You are so awesome! I can’t wait to try this!

    ~Heather

  16. Mrs. Jones posted on May 20, 2009 at 7:56 am (#
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    You are so awesome! I can’t wait to try this!

    ~Heather

  17. CozyCoops Corner posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:06 am (#
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    CUTE!!! I love it :-)

  18. CozyCoops Corner posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:06 am (#
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    CUTE!!! I love it :-)

  19. Erin @ Closing Time posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:16 am (#
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    Such a cute idea! I use a small digital camera, so I don’t have a camera strap like that…otherwise I would definitely make myself one! You should sell these!

  20. Erin @ Closing Time posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:16 am (#
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    Such a cute idea! I use a small digital camera, so I don’t have a camera strap like that…otherwise I would definitely make myself one! You should sell these!

  21. Amanda posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:22 am (#
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    Very cute idea. I have the same Nikon strap (D60), but I am cannot even sew on a button. LOL

  22. Amanda posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:22 am (#
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    Very cute idea. I have the same Nikon strap (D60), but I am cannot even sew on a button. LOL

  23. Lori posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:37 am (#
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    I love this idea! I only wish I had a strap for my camera! It’s still only got the wrist strap. Bummer! But, I’m wondering if I could make it “manly” enough for my hubs who hates the regular strap? Hmmmmm…….

  24. Lori posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:37 am (#
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    I love this idea! I only wish I had a strap for my camera! It’s still only got the wrist strap. Bummer! But, I’m wondering if I could make it “manly” enough for my hubs who hates the regular strap? Hmmmmm…….

  25. jen@odbt posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:44 am (#
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    This is one reason I wish I could sew. Looks so easy and what a fun way to jazz up your camera. I smell giveaway. LOL :)

  26. jen@odbt posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:44 am (#
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    This is one reason I wish I could sew. Looks so easy and what a fun way to jazz up your camera. I smell giveaway. LOL :)

  27. Cathe Holden posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:11 am (#
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    Wow Cheryl, You’re hot! I mean that strap is HOT! LOL. Very nice tut. Wish I had a camera that used a strap.

  28. Cathe Holden posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:11 am (#
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    Wow Cheryl, You’re hot! I mean that strap is HOT! LOL. Very nice tut. Wish I had a camera that used a strap.

  29. He And Me + 3 posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:24 am (#
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    Thanks…I am so giving this to my mom to make me one.

  30. He And Me + 3 posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:24 am (#
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    Thanks…I am so giving this to my mom to make me one.

  31. TidyMom posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:37 am (#
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    Thanks everyone!!!

    and yes Jen…….I might do a giveaway! LOL

    ~TidyMom

  32. TidyMom posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:37 am (#
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    Thanks everyone!!!

    and yes Jen…….I might do a giveaway! LOL

    ~TidyMom

  33. Robin Lynne posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:55 am (#
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    Absolutely perfect! I’ve been wanting to jazz up my camera strap for a while – but all the “custom” ones I’ve seen were a bit pricy. This is a great alternative! Especially since my mood/”favorite thing ever” changes so frequently :P

    Definitely bookmarking this post!

    Thanks for sharing :D

    -Robin Lynne
    http://www.robinlynne.org

  34. Robin Lynne posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:55 am (#
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    Absolutely perfect! I’ve been wanting to jazz up my camera strap for a while – but all the “custom” ones I’ve seen were a bit pricy. This is a great alternative! Especially since my mood/”favorite thing ever” changes so frequently :P

    Definitely bookmarking this post!

    Thanks for sharing :D

    -Robin Lynne
    http://www.robinlynne.org

  35. TidyMom posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:59 am (#
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    Robin – the thing I forgot to mention was how darn hard it was to put my strap BACK on my camera! is it just ME? or does anyone else have a problem feeding their strap onto their camera? THAT took me longer than making the cute cover! LOL

    ~TidyMom

  36. TidyMom posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:59 am (#
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    Robin – the thing I forgot to mention was how darn hard it was to put my strap BACK on my camera! is it just ME? or does anyone else have a problem feeding their strap onto their camera? THAT took me longer than making the cute cover! LOL

    ~TidyMom

  37. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage posted on May 20, 2009 at 11:04 am (#
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    Great idea! I have never noticed those before, but I love yours.

  38. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage posted on May 20, 2009 at 11:04 am (#
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    Great idea! I have never noticed those before, but I love yours.

  39. Yankee Ridge Primitives posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm (#
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    OMG, you are so awesome for posting this!
    I NEVER thought to cover my ugly camera strap.

    I could use one to go with every outfit eh!

    Now I just gotta find the time to make a bunch!

  40. Yankee Ridge Primitives posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm (#
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    OMG, you are so awesome for posting this!
    I NEVER thought to cover my ugly camera strap.

    I could use one to go with every outfit eh!

    Now I just gotta find the time to make a bunch!

  41. PeasAndCoos posted on May 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm (#
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    Great idea! Looks easy enough to do too!

  42. PeasAndCoos posted on May 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm (#
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    Great idea! Looks easy enough to do too!

  43. Susan posted on May 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm (#
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    I love it! If only I had a sewing machine that worked…ugh! I guess I will be calling my MIL to let her know what she can make me for Christmas this year.

  44. Susan posted on May 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm (#
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    I love it! If only I had a sewing machine that worked…ugh! I guess I will be calling my MIL to let her know what she can make me for Christmas this year.

  45. Blue Castle posted on May 20, 2009 at 7:22 pm (#
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    I love tutorials, and this one just rocks! Thank you for sharing it. :)

  46. Blue Castle posted on May 20, 2009 at 7:22 pm (#
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    I love tutorials, and this one just rocks! Thank you for sharing it. :)

  47. Saucy posted on May 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm (#
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    Pretty ingenious but I would find it hard to cover up NIKON NIKON LOOK AT MY JUICY NIKON EVERYONE!! You are humble.

  48. Saucy posted on May 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm (#
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    Pretty ingenious but I would find it hard to cover up NIKON NIKON LOOK AT MY JUICY NIKON EVERYONE!! You are humble.

  49. mom2four posted on May 21, 2009 at 12:50 am (#
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    Love it! now if i Can just get motivated to buy a new camera. I have given you an award, come take a look http://vcagney.blogspot.com

  50. mom2four posted on May 21, 2009 at 12:50 am (#
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    Love it! now if i Can just get motivated to buy a new camera. I have given you an award, come take a look http://vcagney.blogspot.com

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