Mar 31, 2012

Padded Camera Strap Cover

Today is the last day of National Craft Month.  It's been a really fun month of crafting and blogging!  I am a little sad to see it ending...not that it means I will stop crafting/blogging, but I won't be quite as driven.  I have to admit that when I first committed to one project a day, I was a little apprehensive and unsure if I would actually be able to complete the task.  I'm glad that I did though! 

I wanted to honour the one constant supply that has been used for every single one of my posts: my camera.  I have a DSLR camera that I absolutely love, but the camera strap that it came with is really not the most comfortable.  It often rubs my neck until it's red and achy.  So, I decided to change that.

2 pieces of cotton fabric - coordinating or the same fabric (each approx. 24 inches long by 6.5 inches wide)
1 piece of lightweight fusible fleece (approx. 22 inches long by 5.5 inches wide)
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine
My husband and I both hold and use the camera.  Therefore, I decided to forgo the fancy pink fabric that I was originally leaning towards and picked a funky blue pattern that he would also like.  :)   First, start by ironing the fabric.
 Then cut the fabric and fusible fleece to the correct lengths.  Put the two pieces of fabric together with the RIGHT sides together. 
 Pin it together.
 Thread your sewing machine with the coordinating thread.
 Sew three sides of the fabric - both long sides and one of the shorter sides.
 Then iron the fusible fleece onto one of the sides.
Let it cool completely, then flip it inside out so that the RIGHT sides are on the outside.
Then fold the fabric on the last edge into the tube, about 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch.  Then iron the seam.
Sew that last edge together.  Then fold it in half lengthwise and iron.
 Then sew the long edge together.  I tried to keep all my edges about 1/8 inch, just for personal preference.
 Then your camera strap is complete!
  Just slide the strap over your DSLR strap and enjoy!  I had to take this last photo with my phone because, well, my camera was the subject of the photo!

Happy National Craft Month!

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