A friend of mine has an awesome strap on her camera. I had never thought about doing it to my camera until another friend commented she was surprised I hadn’t made my own yet. She sent me a link to directions and I got out my fabric pieces.
I was trying to be neutral with my colors, and then I wanted to add a pop of color. JoAnn’s Fabric was having a sale on fabric quarters (18 x 22 inches) so that is what I got.
I took my current camera strap
and measured it. It was 1.5 inches wide.
The next part I did was cut pieces of the fabric that were 4x6 inches. I needed them at least double the width of the camera strap (1.5 inches) plus a half inch on each side. That’s 4 inches. The fabric pieces could be as long as I wanted them.
I got the fabric in the order I wanted them and started sewing them together.
I then turned over the fabric to iron down the seams.
I then took a piece of scrap iron-on adhesive and cut it to length of my patchwork strip and exactly 3 inches wide. I laid it in the middle of the fabric and ironed it on.
Once folded in half, it was time to sew. First seam was to close where I folded in half. Then I placed a seam symmetrically on the opposite seam, one down the middle and two more seams, for a total of five.
I decided to see how my strap turned out before I took apart my perfectly good strap. I was really nervous! I bought a leather needle for my sewing machine and then took a seam ripper to the connecting piece.
Once apart, I could insert the new strap into the leather end and sew it back together.
Ta-da! Finished piece is very unique. I will be able to instantly identify my camera if I see it laying around.