Last month I attended and spoke at my very first blog conference at SoFabCon. I decided that it was high time that I upgraded my camera strap!!! I’ve been wanting a pretty camera strap for a long long time now. I fell in love with the camera straps made by Bloom Theory, but the price was just too high for me. I knew I wanted something very feminine and maybe even a little glitz (but not too much), but above all it had to be comfortable. I think this DIY Custom Camera Strap has it all. It’s stylish and comfortable. I spent around thirty dollars for the whole project, but I could have saved even more if I had remembered to use a coupon at JoAnn.
What you will need:
First you will need to find out what you want the exact length of strap that you need. For mine I measured my original camera strap in the length that I like it and then added 5 more inches to compensate for sewing and cutting. So when buying the trim and webbing you will need this length for each one.
1 inch webbing in the color of your choice- I chose cotton webbing from JoAnn’s because it was soft
decorative fabric trim- I got mine at JoAnn’s
sequin trim- again I got mine from JoAnn’s and this can be optional if you don’t want the sequins
2 inch swivel hook with belt loop- I got mine from Hobby Lobby in the sewing section. This type of hook will not work for every camera connection. My camera (Nikon D7000) had a wide enough hole for the hook to fit through, but not all cameras have this- so you need to find an alternate option before starting this project if the hook won’t fit.
You will need a sewing machine for this project- I do not recommend hand sewing because the strap needs to be strong. The sequins can be sewed by hand though.
I did not cut the cotton webbing to my exact measurements, but left the extra 5 inches on it. This way I had an extra 2.5 inches on each side to sew the swivel hooks onto. I started sewing the fabric trim 2.5 inches from the end of the webbing and sewed right down the middle. You will need the extra 5 inches of fabric trim for later so keep it nearby.
The next step is to sew the hook onto the strap. I just threaded the webbing through he loop and sewed on the opposite side of the trim. I made a square and X to make sure that it was secure- the last thing you want is for it to break! After that I sewed the extra fabric trim on top to cover where I sewed the webbing by hand. Then I sewed the sequins right down the middle of the whole strap by hand. Originally the sequins were wider, but I suggest buying sequin trim that is only 1 sequin wide.
I love love my new camera strap! And if you are wondering… the sequins have never snagged my long hair or scratched me. I think the fabric trim underneath really helps with that!