Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Strappy goodness!

This weekend, I completed another little project I am quite excited about, just because it is exceedingly practical and was super easy to make!

For my 30th birthday a few years back (ahem, I'm not saying exactly how many) my husband got me a wonderful little point and shoot camera. It had a high # of megapixels, and was quite a camera for the time. In the intervening years, I hauled that camera around the world and took thousands upon thousands of pictures. Honestly, we are probably talking at least 10,000 pictures. I go a bit nutty with the picture taking when I travel. Well, it started to finally die this year (it literally smokes when you use the flash) and I finally decided to take the plunge and get a really nice DSLR with changeable lenses. Talk about a splurge!

I am very happy with the new camera - except for the scratchy strap! Seriously, it is totally uncomfortable and no fun to wear around your neck. I treated myself to a beautiful custom made camera bag from Etsy, but I couldn't bring myself to shell out more money for a $20 custom strap cover. So, I decided to make my own.

After reading some tutorials for different designs (there are a variety online) this is what I would up making from some fat quarters I picked up cheap at Joann's and some fusible fleece! The fabric wasn't quite long enough for the whole length of the strap, but I got around that by sewing smaller pieces together. I really didn't want to break into the 'nice' fabric for this experiment so it was a necessary evil and kept the overall cost down to mere dollars.

This isn't the best picture, but it shows the two fabrics I used:

And, a close up of the original strap, with the cover for comparison:

I think I'll give this another go, in another color combination, later on down the road. I'd also like to add on some pockets for the camera lens since I always seem to be trying to find a place to stash it!


  1. Neato! I can't wait to see it in person on Friday!

  2. I like the colors! Great job! I wish I had a nice camera to need a strap day!