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DIY Striped Camera Strap

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  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 1
    Step 1

    So I cut fabric into pieces…

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 2
    Step 2

    And then sewed them together into one long tube.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 3
    Step 3

    Turning stuff like this right-side out is such a pain, but my mom taught me to use a safety pin. It makes the job much easier. If you are too lazy to go find a safety pin you might try using a binder clip that was handy. Don’t, because it won’t work.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 4
    Step 4

    But the safety pin will work great. It won’t even slip off the end of the fabric when this happens:

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 5
    Step 5

    Argh. Did you see my seam allowance in the sewing picture- one side normal and the other side miniscule? I really thought that would work? Start over, and use a normal seam allowance like a smart person.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 6
    Step 6

    But first, read what everyone’s up to on Twitter and enjoy a 4pm beer. (Extra enjoyable if you use a glass from your former employer.) It will make you feel better.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now that’s a sturdy construction. Much better and much safer for your camera

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 8
    Step 8

    Because cameras can get heavy I decided to insert a strip of thin craft foam for padding. (Sidenote: I originally bought that craft foam when I wanted to DIY these Prada brogues. It was a complete failure.)

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 9
    Step 9

    I top-stitched around the entire strap and tapered the ends a bit. My machine had no problem stitching right through the foam.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 10
    Step 10

    On to the leather and hardware- I drew out rough pattern on a piece of paper. On the left is my first pattern which was way too small. The second one was just right.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut the leather pieces out and find some steel rings (split-ring key rings would work fine).

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 12
    Step 12

    Then punch two holes in the top of each side of the leather and in the corresponding area on the strap. I used two size medium rivets to put it all together.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 13
    Step 13

    Finally, add the straps to attach to the camera. I cut them about 10? long and made them the same width as the ends of current strap on my camera. This was to ensure it would fit properly and so that I could steal the buckles off of the existing strap- they were the only piece I didn’t have! I thought about making a jump ring buckles like I did with the studded wrap bracelet, but I didn’t want to take any chances with my camera. I used a small rivet to connect the strap to the steel ring.

  • How to make a camera strap. Striped Camera Strap - Step 14
    Step 14

    Ta-da!

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