Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Making Camera Straps

My camera gets a lot of usage, not only for blogging purposes but also for camera club challenges and just plain fun. Over the weekend I decided it’s time for a new camera strap.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. 2007 Camera Strap

I’ve been using a strap bought on Etsy in 2007. Two new Nikons later, I’ve still been using this strap. It was starting to look tired and quite well-worn.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Old OpTech Camera Strap

This old OpTech strap has been stored in our closet for a few years. My husband has one, too. We like them because they have great stretchy, cushiony qualities easing neck strain. I sacrificed this comfort when deciding to use the pretty strap with the Amy Butler fabric in the first photo. My neck now requires I make a better choice, so I retrieved my old OpTech for a bit of revitalization.

© Dub Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. June's Revitalized OpTech Camera Strap

While there are numerous tutorials for making camera straps (see Resources), I simply measured the length and width of the OpTech strap, allowed for a ¼-inch seam, the stretch factor, and turning under the ends. I used leftover fabric to cut the resulting measurements. Next came sewing a seam, turning the resultant tube right-side out, and pressing it so the seam runs down the middle of one side. Just like magic, there I was with a new strap cover which slid over the OpTech strap. The ends are tucked into the clip thingies on each side. It can be removed for washing, if necessary. If I get tired of the fabric, a new strap can easily be made.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Dub's Revitalized OpTech Camera Strap

After seeing my new strap, my husband asked for one. I led him to the Sacred Stash Mountain and let him pick out fabric. He chose a blue batik leaf print and I made his new strap. It was kind of fun, the two of us taking pictures of each other’s camera.


The following blogs offer tutorials for making camera straps:

  • Camera Strap Cover: Design Sponge
  • Camera Strap Redo: Craft Leftovers
  • Camera Strap Slipcover: Made by Petchy
  • How to Make a Camera Strap: ikat bag
  • How to Make a Crafty Camera Strap: Curbly


rohanknitter said...

Your straps turned out just great, and thanks for all the tutorial links!! (love "Sacred Stash Mountain!!)

zarah said...

Cool straps! I wanted to ask what your favorite sites for camera challenges are. I am trying to stretch my photography abilities a little bit.

Michele's Quilting Journey said...

Making a camera strap was the one and only thing I didn't get accomplished before heading out to the
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
Now, I see yours and I am SO inspired! Gorgeous...absolutely love this!!!

Storybook Woods said...

Beautiful June, I love how youn put your stamp on everything in your life. Clarice

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very pretty and versatile June!

Valerie said...

Who would have thunk it? (Is that a word, thunk?) Ha! I love the straps!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Great idea!
They turned out beautiful.

I'd love to make myself a pretty one. :)


DIane Schuller said...

oh JUne I love that you did this. On Shutter Sisters they were promoting some of these camera straps that are made by a couple of gals at Etsy plus the recycled seat belt camera straps sold at PhotoJojo. I've been tempted to get one of the pretty Etsy camera straps but really I could make one too couldn't I?

I love both of yours. Wow, you have a D700! Holy Toledo! Have a grand day June!

Gayle said...

I came here by way of Diane's blog. Very cool straps! I have some fabric that I love and haven't know what to do with. This might be just the right project! Thank you!