Thursday, August 26, 2010

Upcycled camera strap


I've been wanting to make one of those cute camera straps for my camera that I've been seeing all around the blog world.  Lots of cute fabrics and ruffled patterns. 

Problem is, my Hubs uses my camera sometimes and he's not too keen on cute and ruffly (except on me!).

So, I looked around my upcycle fabric stash and found this suede skirt that I thought would be perfect.


First step:  I cut off about 4 inches from the bottom of the skirt.  It was not hemmed, so I didn't have to take that into consideration.  I trimmed the strip down to 24 inches, folded the ends over and hemmed them on the machine.  Easy.


Then I cut a piece of extra fabric from the skirt that measured 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches.  I folded over two of the ends and hemmed them.  Then I sewed one end to the strap, pleating as I went.  This will become a pocket for the lens cap.  (in the picture you can see that I had already sewn the cover part way and had to take out the stitches after discovering that I had forgotten to make a pocket.  Oh, well.) 


Next, I put the right sides together, making sure to line up the edges of the pocket too.  I used binder clips from my desk instead of pins to hold the fabric together.  I didn't want to leave pin  marks in the suede.

I sewed it together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

After sewing, I turned it right side out and slipped it onto my camera strap.  I had to take the pic while the strap was off the camera.  One of these days I'll take the time to learn about proper lighting and the settings on my camera. 


Since making my new strap, I haven't lost my lens cap even once!

In other news, I'll be having a give-away next week to celebrate my 300th post.  Stay tuned for details!



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