Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Camera Strap Tutorial


I purchased a new camera about a month ago and decided it was time to accessorize it.  The plain black strap needed a little something extra, so I decided to make a cover for it.  


Lets get the math out of the way:
*The main body of my camera strap (and I think most camera straps) is 2" by 26.5" long.  Be sure and check the measurements of your strap.

*The final size of the camera strap cover will be 2.5" by 27".

*My lens cap measures 2 3/8" in diameter.  This strap includes a pocket for the lens cap.  If your lens cap is larger, you will have to adjust the width of the strap to accommodate for the lens cap pocket.

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1.  For the quilted top of the strap - cut two strips of fabric 3.5" by 29" long (the extra inches account for seam allowances and any shrinking from quilting the two together)

     - Strip #1 - is for the very top, you can piece this together however you like and trim to 3.5" by 29" or just cut one piece of fabric
     - Strip #2 - is the underside of the strap top and will be on the inside of the cover
     - Cut one strip of quilt batting 3.5" by 29"

     For the bottom of the strap cover - cut one strip 3" by 28"


Fabric: Quilt Blocks by Moda

2. For the top of the strap you will basically make it the same way you would make a quilt...
          Place Strip #2 face down, add the batting on top, and place Strip #1 on top (face up) and pin in a couple of places to hold the three layers together.

Quilt it any way you want and now is the time to add any trimmings you would like to add.  I  am crazy about lace, so I added it while I was quilting.

Once it is quilted, trim to 3" by 28".


I decided to add a little pocket for the lens cap.  I cannot tell you how many times I spend at least 5 minutes searching for the lens cap after I finish taking pictures.  

3.  My lens cap measures about 2 3/8" in diameter.  Cut a piece of fabric 3.25" by 3.25".  For the crease, fold the pocket in half, right side in and then open up and press a two little folds in the back.  The finished width should be 3" with the folds.  Stitch the folds in place (just a few stitches close to the bottom.  Turn the bottom of the pocket under about 1/4" and press (don't sew it yet).

For the top of the pocket, turn the top under 1/4"and press.  Place a piece of 1/8" elastic under the fold and stitch the folded fabric down encasing the elastic.




4.  Place the pocket on the strap top where ever you want it.  Stitch down one side close to the edge (This will not show because the back of the strap will cover this when it is sewn on).  Stitch across the bottom of the pocket close to the fold.  

Now before sewing down the other side of the pocket, pull the elastic tight to allow the pocket to close up tight, but not too tight to cause the strap to curl up.  Once you get the right tension, pin or hold in place and sew the second side down.  Trim the extra elastic to the edges.




5.  Place the front and back strips of the strap right sides together and stitch down one long side with a 1/4" seam allowance and press.  Press under both ends 1/2" and stitch across the ends (shown by the black line above).

Fold the strap back together with the front and back facing each other again and stitch down the other side to close up the strap.  Turn the strap right side out.  

Your strap is finished except I wanted to add a little velcro to prevent the cover from sliding around on the strap.


Just cut a few squares of velcro with adhesive backing and place two on each end of the strap on the inside.  This will keep the ends closed so the strap will not slide out.

Here is a picture of the pocket with the cap inside it.  This is going to save me so much time searching for the cap.  It is so cute and a life saver.


I really enjoyed making this strap and might make a few more.  That way I can switch them out to keep things interesting.  It would also be fun to make one with Christmas fabric to use during the holidays.

Happy Sewing!
Candace

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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the idea of a pocket for the lens cap.

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  2. Great timing! I got a new camera a few months ago and every time I strap it on, I think, "UGG" this feels funny. I never seem to have the time to do something about it, though. I love the idea of extra pockets. Thnaks!

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  3. Hi Candace! I love this idea and my husband is such a photo nut that I have to make one of these for Christmas! Also- check out my blog - I just (finally) posted my version of the half square triangle I SPY quilt and added it to the Bloggers Quilt festival. I mention you on the blog too since you gave me the idea!

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  4. This came out great!! I love the lens cover pocket!! Great idea. Stopping by from Sew Much Ado linky party.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/10/happy-halloween-evil-queen-costume.html

    Happy Halloween!

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  5. Fab tute - I am so making one of these for my camera :)

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  6. Love this camera strap! It will be a great Christmas gift for my Mom who loves both photography and quilting! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. I have a camera strap cover for my Canon but need to make a new one and add the little pocket for the lens cover. I'm popping over from Sew Darn Crafty.

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