As mentioned in last week’s Slice of the Week, I was inspired by several of these DIY Camera Straps to re-accessorize my camera. After much hmm-ing and haw-ing I landed on somewhat of a mash up. I actually used the original (stiff, black, ugly) camera strap that came with my camera. It not only provided a straight-forward way to attach my camera to the strap but I could also remake the strap “cover” again and again if it gets dirty or I just want to change things up. All in all project took me about an hour and cost me about nothing. Good bones for any DIY, wouldn’t you say?
To get started, you’ll need 2 pieces of the same size fabric but in contrasting colors and/or patterns. Face the front sides of your fabric towards one another and pin in place. These were the dimensions for my strap but yours may vary depending on preference or comfort.
1. Using a sewing machine, stitch around the perimeter of the rectangle. Leave a space at each of the short ends of the rectangle that are wide enough to fit your camera strap through. Then flip the rectangle right-side-out and insert the original camera strap through one opening and pull through the other opening, position it in place and pin.
2. Now we need to make sure that camera strap through the middle stays in place. Use the sewing machine to create short, vertical seams over the strap. This will hold it in place. In total, I made about 6 vertical seams down the length of the strap.
3. Lastly, if you want the contrasting triangles at the end of the strap like mine, just fold over the two corners on either end of the rectangle so they line up with the (internal) camera strap. Then stitch along the (internal) strap, to the outer edge—as shown in the picture.
Sorry for the bad selfie. It’s hard to take a picture of a camera strap on a camera that you need to be using to take the photo!