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DIY reversible camera strap cover

diy camera strap cover

diy camera strap cover

Most people these days have a camera that has a strap, weather a big swanky camera, or a small one like mine (Lumix G3) and they are quite plain and boring to look at! Rather then painting your camera or sticking unicorn stickers all over it, I'm going to show you how to make a reversable, and replaceable cover for your camera strap that gives it a bit on pizazz! (and we all love a bit of pizazz)

YOU WILL NEED:

- A camera strap (duh)
- Two lengths of fabric a little longer then your camera strap
Scissors
- A ruler
- A pen
- Pins
- Baking paper, or plain paper to make your pattern.
- Sewing machine (or strong fabric glue if you want to give that a go..)

diy camera strap cover

STEP ONE:

The first step is to make a pattern for your strap cover. Take your camera strap off your camera and lay it down on the greaseproof paper. Measure the strap, I did mine from the leather bit on each side and then added 2cm on each end for seams. Then you want to make the width one and a half sizes bigger. So for example if my strap was 2cm wide, I would make the pattern 5cm wide. This leaves space for seams and top stitching!


STEP TWO:

Cut out your pattern, and then pin it to your fabric to cut two perfect lengths. You can either use two different fabrics like I have or use the same one if you perfer!




STEP THREE:

Now we're going to fold over the 2cm seam allowance at the end of each length, pin and then sew across to create a nice end for your strap cover. Repeat this on all four ends and cut off any excess fabric to about 5mm to make it easier to sew later.

diy camera strap cover

STEP FOUR:

Turn your pieces back to back and pin together all the way down, we're going to sew the two pieces together leaving a 5mm seam allowance. As you can see, I cut one of my fabrics slightly wider so that I could see where I was sewing on the top piece, you don't have to do this, I just did this for ease as I am still an armature sewer.


STEP FIVE:

Now just sew down each side, cut off any extra fabric if you have any, and then turn the whole thing the right way out. Once it's the right way out, use an iron to press it flat and make sure there is no twisting, this will make sure the next step goes a lot smoother.


diy camera strap cover

STEP SIX:

Make sure that your strap will still fit through your tube by lying it on top, and see where you need to top stitch to still be able to feed it through, you want it to be tight, but still fit! I measured that my top stitch needed to be about 3mm in, you can use pins for this or eyeball it. I was feeling pretty brave so decided to eyeball it and went slow to make sure I kept it at the same width the whole way down. Take your time here as this is the finishing touch.

diy camera strap cover

STEP SEVEN:

That's it! Simply slide it onto your camera strap, and reattach the strap to your camera. The best bit about this is that you can make several for different seasons or occasions - if like me you like to switch things up. It's incredibly simple and easy and would make a great gift for any friends of yours that have a camera, simply find out the dimensions of their camera strap and knock up a little gift. If you make your own I would love to see it! Be sure to tag me in any instagram photos @serenasprettythings

diy camera strap cover


diy camera strap cover
diy camera strap cover

MEET THE AUTHOR: Serena Ozgowicz is a 23 year old Puggle owner with a passion for beauty, crafts and coding! You can follow her on facebook, twitter and instagram. Thank you for reading this post!

3 comments:

  1. Such a great idea and it look so cute x


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  2. Thanks Heather :) Itching to make more, even though I don't have any other cameras :p x

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  3. You should make them and sell them! I would love to be able to do crafts like this but the sad truth is that I just don't have the patience :-( But I bet there's loads of people like me who would love a strap making for them!

    XO

    Hunter // paisley-stripes.blogspot.co.uk

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