Camera Strap Tutorial

Have you seen ALL the EXTRAORDINARY camera strap “slipcovers” out there!!
Gussy Sews are very chic!
Kevin & Amanda’s is simply beautiful.
And Originate and Renovate wins the prize for the FIRST camera strap slipcover
that caught my eye!
I feel like if I had one of these I would be a professional photographer. 
And why not be a professional photographer??
I would get to capture life’s small moments and preserve them forever…
Life’s a Journey Photography
{that would be my company’s name}.
So now that we have that settled, all I need is a fancycamera strap slipcover!!
And since I’m a make it and not buy it kind of girl…
check out how I went amateur to a professional in an hour.
. . . . .
 First, I started with a dog bed ripped up by the one and only Max Champion Gunter.
Then, I measured the camera strap currently attached to my camera…
and added 1 inch to the length.

The width I doubled and added 1 inch also.

Next, cut.
Now I would suggest adding some type of soft batting to the backside of the patterned fabric.
You could probably even use spray adhesive…
Real sewers 
(sew-ers, as in one who sews…not the stinky things in the ground)
use the word fabric interfacing, for such a step, but I’m not really sure what that is?????
I was lucky,
because my discarded dog bed fabric, already had a little cushion on the backside!
Kind of like the sew-er in this situation :o)
Now for a little more cutting.
I wanted a ruffled layer to add a little dimension, so I also cut a strip of burlap fabric. I doubled the length of my camera strap to allow for a little pizazz!

Now, let’s get to stitchin’

I hemmed the short side of my camera strap fabric 1/4″.
Then to the burlap I hemmed all 4 sides 1/4″


To create the ruffle, I used the longest stitch of the sewing machine, and ran it right down the middle.


Puling on ONLY the bottom string I ruffled the burlap…since it was kind of long,
I worked from both ends, always pulling on the same bottom string.
The next step was simple. 
After attaching my ruffle on the center of the right half of my OPEN camera strap fabric,
I stitched it right down the middle.
You are ALMOST there, so hang on!
With right sides together, sew the open side with a 1/4″ seam.
Now, this is the hardest part, you have to turn it INSIDE OUT.
Because it’s such a thin tube, it took a while.
I used a skewer, and after an episode of Jeopardy, I was halfway there.
So I watched another before I got where I wanted to be :o)
{I used to feel like I was smart when I watched that show, 
but I convinced I’m getting dumber with age}
Anyways, the rest of these photos are with Instagram because, well, the strap is on my camera.
I slipped it on the original strap…
and also created a few rosettes which I attached with hot glue.
Now, I’m off to take a few pictures!
If I’m ever going to truly be a professional I better start practicing!

And now that this one is ALL finished, it’ll be showing up in some Christmas stockings & gift bags on December 25th!

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  1. Jeanne Wagner says:

    Very cute, I love it! BUT I have a couple of observations that may or may not affect you… so for whatever it’s worth, here goes… I am a photographer and put my camera and straps through some rough action. I’m outside a lot in the hot and humid Florida weather, so that burlap edge against my skin would probably irritate me in short order. I know it’s just an edge, but that’s all it would take (for me anyway). Secondly, the fabric itself is an interesting choice to me. I have seen these camera straps all over the place but I haven’t heard of any feedback yet about their durability. Let me explain – my sister made me a fabric purse 3 years ago and I absolutely love it with all my heart and I have used it exclusively for all that time. The straps have worn out twice (and the bottom is now, too). But really just the fabric that was wrapped around the batting fill. The straps themselves are sturdy and quite strong, but fabric will stretch, go threadbare and tear over time and that is what happened to my straps – just in the place where it goes over my arm or shoulder. They need replacing again. I am sure that would happen to a rigorously used camera strap as well -that is why they are usually made of suede and leather.

    So I am thinking you should make yourself several of these bad boys and switch out frequently so you don’t wear out the fabric. :) I’d love to hear how this strap performs over time. Keep up the awesome projects, you do great work!!!

    • Laura Beth says:

      I’ve used mine for about 3 years and it had held up really well. It’s not actually burlap, just soft fabric with a similar look, so fortunately it doesn’t irritate. Thanks for the tips!

  2. I love the rosettes!

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  3. Thank you for this great tutorial. Your straps are gorgeous
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  4. i think you done such a great job…you are entertaining to read.

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  5. So super cute! I need to do this.

  6. That's a great looking camera strap. The rosettes and color is nice. I want to make a purple one sometime for a change of pace. I have one I had made from April (Marine Parents blog) from camo. Love it and so comfy! For my Canon Rebel

  7. The CUTEST camera strap EVER! Love this! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. I love this strap. Its so girly.. The rossettes are pretty.


  9. this is so cute! I wish I had a sewing machine to make one for my sister-in-law.. adorb. Thanks for sharing!

    Jenna from

  10. SO stinkin cute. I'm so jealous. I share my dslr with my husband so he has a “no cutsie strap cover” policy. I absolutely love this tho. Thanks so much for sharing. Your whole blog is super cute… love your bio- that you are as southern as your double name. LOVE it.

  11. Super cute! I think you did such a great job. Ive wanted to make/buy one of these for so long now! Id love for you to come by and link this up to my diy fashion linky party called DIY Diva Thursdays! We party Th-M :)


  12. This is great! I just love the straps. So cute! I will def have to make on for my future camera worthy of a strap! Thanks for Sharing!
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  13. really cute strap cover, isn't too hard but it turned out great!!

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  14. GREAT tutorial! And so pretty! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  15. LOVE this tutorial! I'd love to feature it over the weekend as a stand-alone if that's okay with you?? I'd like to combine it with some of the photos that I took this week and then direct my reader's to your site for the tutorial….would that be okay?

  16. Very, very pretty! I have it on my “to do” list!

  17. Great round-up and I love yours too! I've been meaning to make one of these for quite awhile and haven't gotten around to it yet…

  18. I love your camera strap. It's so gorgeous! Thank you for a great tutorial.

  19. I'm so glad you shared this, I just got a new camera and wanted one of these! thanks :)

  20. Great tutorial! I love how it turned out! The ruffle and the rosettes rock! Stopping over from Polkadots on Parade!

  21. I found you via Lil' Luna – and I'd love for you to come link up at my Triple Linky Party that's still open! There's a link for Food, Crafts, AND a BLOG HOP in ONE!

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  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! So pretty! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  23. I really like yours!! Great job. I have been wanting to make a strap cover for awhile. I guess it is time to get started.:) BTW I love the name of your Photography Company!

  24. Thats adorable–the cutest one I have ever seen!

  25. That came out of your head? Awesome. I really need to become a professional too so I will be copying this strap soon. :)

  26. Awesome! I'm inspired to try it out. You make it look a lot simpler than it probably is!! :)

  27. what a cute idea, they are gorgeous xxxx

  28. Love the ruffles!

  29. Very cute, I love the flowers. And what a fun post. You are so entertaining to read!

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