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DIY Custom Camera Strap

DIY Custom Camera Strap

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DIY Custom Camera Strap

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.

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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.

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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.

 

DIY Custom Camera StrapI 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!

 

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Friday 21st of June 2013

That is so pretty and look so simple. A lot less work then the covers. Tfs!

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Saturday 22nd of June 2013

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