diy wednesdays: camera strap cover

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in our ongoing quest to customize every object we get our hands on, we’ve tackled all sorts of random things around our home (ikea furniture, curtains, bedspreads…) so it’s about time that we finally got crafty with one of the items we spend the most time with: our camera. don’t get us wrong, we’re not ashamed if people know we use a canon, but we don’t feel the need to advertise it like we were nascar drivers. hence our desire to cover up our logo-heavy strap with something a little easier on the eyes.

have fun!
derek & lauren

CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump!

beauty2

here’s what you’ll need:
a pre-existing camera strap that is begging for a facelift
a small piece of fabric that is at least 23” x 4”
scissors
measuring tape or ruler
sewing machine
rubber band

1. choose your fabric

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2. measure your existing camera strap. these instructions are for a standard dslr strap with the fabric portion measuring 20.5” long by 1.5” wide.

3. cut your fabric to 22.5” x 4”.

4. fold in the short ends 1/2” and press. fold over another 1/2”, press, and stitch down with your sewing machine.

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5. with right sides together, fold your fabric in half lengthwise and stitch down the entire length, 1/4” in from the raw edges, forming a tube.

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6. turn your tube right side out (using a handy loop turning tool if you’ve got one).

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7. press open the seam.

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8. slide the strap cover over the existing strap. the vinyl piece at each end of your camera strap is a little wider than the fabric part, so you’ll need to fold it in half as best you can and secure it with a tight rubber band to make feeding it into your new fabric strap cover a little easier.

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Jessica

That is a genius idea! I’m going to do that for my Canon, for sure! Thanks for sharing this great post!

Amy

Love it! I’m doing that this weekend. The texture of the strap drives my neck nuts and this is WAY more fun.

Heather

This is so fun. I love the bright colors. Reading about it I had another idea. Why not use an old neck tie for the strap? And what a great idea for Father’s Day! Upgrade Dad’s camera strap. A fun twist on the gift of a tie.

oneshotbeyond

very pretty…I’m proud of my Nikon strap though…I’d probably only use the pretty strap if it matched my outfit! HA!

pdxKate

Great idea! Another version could be with a vintage mens neck tie. :o) Thanks for the idea!

Sara

Looks like steps 6 and 7 are in the wrong order…you should probably press open the seam before turning it right side out.

Wendy

OK, seriously? I was going to sit down to figure out how to do this TODAY! Now I don’t have to go to the trouble of measuring or anything (granted, this would have been minimal). Thanks so much for the quick and easy tutorial!

Allison

This would also be a great avenue for some self promotion at events! Just screen print your logo onto your fabric! This is such a great idea!

Eden

Smart! I was wondering how I could customize my camera just yesterday! I’m going to make this a soon as possible!

Petra

I love it! I would like to do this for my camera-strap. It looks fairly easy too!

Bess

Super idea!! I hate walking around with all the other tourist and our matching bright yellow and black Nikon straps, grrrr. This is a great solution. Now the hard part, what fabric to use??

Grace@PoeticHome

What a wonderful tutorial!! I personally don’t enjoy advertising my blatant Sony dSLR strap, and this is a wonderful way to make it much more discrete and personalized.

amy

love it! How great is this for being able to match your strap to your outfit! I was planning a similar project with dog leashes and collars for next week, but I may have to try this one first. Thanks!

Kalyn

Awesome! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but having a tutorial now is great!

Thanks :D

Anna Saskia

Excellent! Love it!
I have bags and bags of fabric and a canon that i use aaallll the time and I’ve never liked it’s strap!
Now if we can just come up with a nicer bag that isn’t so bulky but can house, protect & look interesting at the same time (without a big price tag attached!

Julie

Oh that is too good! Bookmarking for the future so that I can rock one of these when I get my new Canon.

Ria

Brilliant.

Will spray mine with Scotch Guard to make it more dirt resistant and easy to clean. :)

k

nice work – i just did this to my camera strap a couple months ago – i love my canon but i don’t feel the need to advertise “canon digital” everywhere i go. thanks for the nascar comparison, very fitting.

jill

That’s a BRILLIANT idea because I’ve got two vintage Pentax Spotmatics (one my dad’s, the other an eBay backup) & I’m using the backup without a strap, just kitchen string. Since I bring it everywhere, it’s been carving a ridge in my neck. Will try this – thank you!

jill

p.s. I thought it was a man’s tie – my husband has tons – I’m going to do the lazy way, and use one of his.

Green Key

very nice idea! you can also use an extra large safety pin – or if you have one, an antique diaper pin – to turn the tube right side out.

Heather. J.

great idea now I just need to learn how to sew :) this looks like a easy enough project and for cute!

Gail

Cool idea…i will love matching this with my outfits I wear to weddings and cordinatling it with my new jill-e camera bag as well….I can find the perfect match now!

Irene

Thanks for the great idea! I always feel very self-conscious advertising my tourist status with the giant Canon strap. This idea is so simple and cute I can’t believe I never thought of it before.

Keli Faw

That’s so cool, I was just thinking how I want to cover my strap – thanks!

Aaron

Oh this is awesome! I can’t wait to try it. I really don’t like my strap…

Laura

great idea! i am quite tired of that huge yellow NIKON staring at me…time to use some ikea fabric!

Sewmarm

This also seems like a good way to prevent accidental “theft”. Nice tutorial with clear pics!

Teddi

Did they change the standard length for a Canon DSLR strap? The fabric portion of my Canon DSLR strap is 23.5 inches. I thought for sure since they were talking Canon I would be good to go, so I’ve made it and it is a full 2+ inches short! So, if you’re going to try this, make sure to measure you camera strap to be sure!

pixelbitch

i recently bought myself a DSLR. i found this tutorial today, ran out+bought fabric and whipped one up: http://twitpic.com/82043. the first try was wobbly, the second was as close to perfect as i’d ever be able to get it. yeah!

Jude

Fantastic! this will make the strap more comfortable around the neck, too!

Esther

awesome. I think i’ll make several so I can chop and change for all occations. Thanks!

Aaron

I made this last night and it turned out GREAT! I ended up sewing the cover to the strap itself, at each end and down the whole side. It makes it look a little more finished and keeps it from bunching up.

Jennifer

Thanks for a fantastic Xmas idea for my impossible-to-shop-for photojournalist brother. Now I just have to find the perfect fabric.
Has anyone tried quilting the strap to give it extra padding? Just thinking it might make it even more comfy for him to wear for long periods of time.

Clare Mansell

I’ve been looking for a tutorial for a camera strap cover that gives a tight professional looking finish for ages. Too many were baggy and looked homemade, but this one is excellent. made my already and I LOVE it!

craftydill

This is such a great tutorial! I’ve seen these around and thought they were a great way to personalize your camera… thanks for the instructions! I can’t wait to do mine… now the hard part- picking out fabric!

Kris

Made mine today. Can’t wait to make some more.

Thanks for such great instructions!

I had customized my strap already with ribbon, but now I can change as often as I like.

Lesley

Great idea. I just got a new Canon and attached the strap today. Although I do like the strap and I am proud to be a Canon user…I was thinking how dirty/beat up looking it was going to get. This is a great way to protect my Canon strap and keep it new looking….thanks for a great idea. Now if I only had an embroidery machine I would sew a Canon logo on my strap cover…

Suzi

I love it! Just wondering though, since it’s not attached to the strap itself, will it slide and bunch a lot? Any suggestions on keeping it in place before I make one? Maybe snap buttons? That way you can still change it out for different outfits! Think that would work?

Emily

I am a novice crafter but I do have a sewing machine and some extra fabric lying around. Just bought DH a Canon for Valentine’s Day (okay, it’s really for me…) and can’t stand the strap. This looks easy enough to try. Thanks!

Ananda

Just made one for my own camera strap and it’s awesome!!! I’ll be making them for my sis and friends. So easy and really takes care of the unsightly strap plus the abrasive edges of the stock camera strap

nene

its awesome!!! cant wait to make a fashion strap for my camera that fits to my mood.thanks a lot.

Corinna Lyons-Revello

How wonderful of you to teach us how to do this ourselves. I’m so tired of seeing gorgeous straps for sale for $30 or more….waaay out of my budget! :)

Corinna

dwj

You guys posted this a year ago and I finally did it today. LOVE IT! Why did I wait so long?

Heidi

Have finally got around to doing and re-posting this. Thanks for the tip, love it!

Darlene S.

Thank you so much for these instructions! I just inherited a beautiful vintage camera, with a not-so-pretty strap, I will need to spruce it up, and this seems like just the trick! Thanks so much!

Abby

Just made this! i love it! It was my first project EVER using a sewing machine. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

Linda Rogers

great tutorial. My son had this idea for his girlfriend’s gift who is into photography. Will be making this weekend. Sounds simple enough.

tara

Someone else mentioned this already, but be sure to MEASURE your strap! I also made the mistake of taking the canon camera strap measurements for my own, but it seems the newer cameras have straps a few inches longer. Great tutorial, I’ll have to try again to get the correct length.

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