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I Finally Made One!!

Do you know how long I have been lusting after a Camera Strap Cover? I have tried to win one so many times. So when I saw that Kari @ Ucreate’s Craft Challenge this month was –– Char @ Crap I’ve Made’s Camera strap — I was all over it!

Of course, I waited until the last second to actually make mine — surprise, surprise! You probably know that I have really just started learning to sew. I got my first real sewing machine last year for my birthday. I’m having such a fun time learning, but for some reason making a Camera Strap sounded so intimidating to me.

Char’s tutorial is great – you should check it out. I was over at my mom’s house yesterday and decided to make it at the last second. And of course she didn’t have any ironable Fusible Interfacing (I left mine at home), so I improvised and used non-iron interfacing. I also decided to make mine into a Camera Strap Cover instead of replacing the strap that I have. I was afraid I would totally mess it up and then I wouldn’t have a strap at all – lol. So check out Char’s tutorial for how to make yours into a cute Camera Strap.

I followed Char’s instructions, but did a few things differently to make mine into a cover:

1. Measure your strap, cut a piece of material that length plus 1 inch and then double the width. So mine was 2 inches in width by 22 in length — so I cut my material out to be 4 inches in width by 23 inches in length.

2. Cut out the interfacing to be the same length as your strap and double the width.

3. Then I cut out the ruffle and sewed the edges just like she did.

4. Then I hemmed the edges of the length of material, sewing the interfacing onto my material at the ends.

5.  I flipped the material inside out and ironed a seam down the middle so it would lay flat as I sewed.

6. Then I sewed the edges together – creating a tube.

7. I turned the tube inside out, which is really right side out. Then I cheated by using liquid stitch to glue the ruffle down to the strap cover. I’m a cheater, I know!

8. The last thing I did was make a flower for one side. I took a piece of the same material { 2 inches in width by 6 inches in length} as the cover sewed the edges and then made a long stitch down the middle to ruffle it. Then I did the same thing to a polka dotted piece of material. I liquid stitched this to the strap too, making a circle with one material on the outside and the other in the inside. Then I took a button cover and used  a scrap of material to cover it. I gorilla glued that on.

{Believe me — there are so many great Camera Cover strap tutorials out there. Mine is just the easiest thing I could think up.} Some other ones you might like are: Sheryl’s, Meg’s, Cheryl’s,Tiffany’s, Ashley’s, Amy’s.

Now I can finally feel like I fit in with the cool kids – lol! And, check out Kari’s Create With Me craft challenges –– she has a different one each month. At the end of the month you send her a picture of your version of the challenge and she publishes it on her super cool blog. So fun!

My bathroom redo is almost done!!
Have a wonderful night!


  1. Chips and Salsa with Beans says:

    Brilliant! I love that it is a cover and not a strap. I have been hesitant myself since I am a beginner too. I may just have to have a go at this! Thanks!

  2. Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor says:

    I have been meaning to stop by and leave you some comment love for a couple days now – ever since we swapped – so I am finally here! Thanks so much for swapping with me. It was fun and I love your project! What a cute necklace. Your camera strap is really cute too! I need to get making mine – so I can play with the cool kids too!

  3. Love it!! And I love that it is a cover, I'm too fickle to just make one strap, I need to have a couple different covers to fit my mood. :) Plus every now and then, its kind of cool for people to see that my strap hanging out of my camera bag says D300 — they can then just assume that I actually know how to work that bad boy and I can pretend to agree. :)

  4. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it! The flower is so cute! I really need to make one, you are so inspiring :)

  5. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    This is fabulous!! I love it and can't wait to try it!!

  6. Liz @ Perfect Chaos says:

    Love it! Thanks for posting it here, I am definitely going to try my hand at one of these.

  7. wowsers! I do truely love your camera strap and that flower is right on….so glad I joined I need to make a big one for my other camera…


  8. Sooo pretty! Love the bright red pattern you chose to use and the flower is such a nice touch…thanks for sharing!

  9. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    It turned out great, Jen! I love how you added the flower!

  10. BLJ Graves Studio says:

    You did an amazing job. I love the color and the flower you added… perfection. :-)

  11. It looks awesome! I love the fabric you used! I had to break down and order mine on ETSY. I don't sew. :(

  12. Nina @ Momma Go Round says:

    Your strap is so cool! I'm a total non-sewer, so I need a friend to help me. Hope mine will turn out as fabulous as yours!

  13. Fabulous Jen! Just fabulous!

  14. michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    Very cute! I am still trying to figure out how you do all that you do with the same amount of time I have everyday. You are simply amazing. Congrads on the success of CSI!

  15. Jenglamgirl says:

    WAY TO GO JEN~ its way cute just like you! LOVE the fabric and the flower you added.

    NOW i need a nice camera like yours first then the cute strap. Night! hugs, JENN

  16. LOVE this. My sister just made one for my mother's birthday, and I'm soooo jealous. Too bad I'm not as crafty at sewing … the birthday's only seven months away.

    I love yours, though. I will dream about it tonight. Sigh …

  17. ellie g says:

    So…I REALLY wanted to try my hand at this craft. And, unfortunately, I was afraid that people would laugh at my gorgeous strap holding up my dinky point and shoot. That's right.

    My name is Lara and I don't own a big girl camera.
    "Hi Lara".
    The first step is admitting.

    (I love it Jen. Except for the button cover part. You're just flaunting that to be mean to me.)

  18. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says:

    Jen that is so you! Love it – you did a fantastic job. I still need one of these…if I could ever stop making red, white and blue stuff! =) I like how it coordinates with your outfit – super cute! ~Stephanie Lynn

  19. Hey Jen! I love that camera strap. I didn't realize you are a beginning sewer. Me too! I also thought that it looked too intimadating to make and have tried to win one. Shucks…I wanna be cool too. I might have to try my hand at it!

    Yea! I almost e-mailed you today about how your bathroom is going. See, I knew you would get it done way before me. I haven't even started painted. Ugh!

  20. I, too, have been wanting to make one. I have some vintage fabric I think would be cool.

    Thanks for your simplified tutorial. Cheers!

  21. Shel at Dreamy Nest says:

    Ohh – I love it!! I want one, too. Really bad. Yours is gorgeous! Beautimous! Fabulosity!! *sigh*

    When we move I am going to go get a sewing machine. I am. I am. I AM!

    Great tutorial. Wish I had a sewing machine now. You rock!!!!

  22. madebymegs says:

    Adorable…great job, cute and practical!

  23. **Amy** says:

    Love it! I especially love the ruffle! Great job! And thanks so much for the link…I about fell off my chair when I realized that I was that Amy :)! Love your blog!

  24. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Very cute! I love ruffle! I have wanted to make a cover too…but I am afraid that my poor sewing skills may put my camera in danger! If the seams on one of my boys' john-john comes out, it's not that big of a deal…but if my camera strap broke, that would be trouble!!

  25. sydney @ memorable minutes says:

    Your strap looks FABULOUS! I have got to get me some of this liquid stitch you keep talking about! I'm just learning to sew too, and today i was just trying to cut my fabric well, ya know straight lines and and even. UGH. it was a discouraging day for me in the crafting dept. You need to do a giveaway! 😉

  26. Michelle @ Sweet Something says:

    Awesome Jen! I have been dying for a strap {cover} too, you may have given me the courage to try this! Heck, if I can do the ruffled runner, surely I can do this!! :) Thanks for the inspiration!
    PS Thanks for stopping by too!

  27. Blessed Mommy of 2 says:

    CUTE! Great job! =)

  28. Love it! The fabric is gorgeous!

  29. Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry says:

    I LOVE it, shall I send you my address, so you can drop one in the mail for me?? I have the same camera… 😉