Thursday, May 17, 2012

Super Simple Camera Strap Tutorial

I've been drooling over camera straps this week (probably due to the fact that I just found my SD card for my camera that's been missing, so I'm all gaga over my camera once again). I've been meaning to make one (I mean, they look so easy) for awhile now, so the other night I finally buckled down and made one. It was ridiculously easy. I mean, it's a tube. You can add ruffles, flowers, a monogram or whatever you want to the strap, but I went ahead and made a super simple one. I didn't follow any one tutorial (I just looked at pictures on Pinterest for ideas before I decided to go the easy route). I'm going to go out a limb and say that you could make this as one of your first projects you sew (or even if you don't sew that much or well). It's THAT easy. I'm going to walk you through the process and show you just how easy this project can be.

1. Find your fabric. Personally, I like fabric that is bright and colorful. It just makes me happy. My mom on the other hand (she's who I'm making this one for) likes colors that are a little more toned down, like blues, blacks, and browns. So, I picked this fabric for her.

Since the strap is kind of narrow, I would stay with fabrics that have smaller patterns (unless it's one that it's okay to just see past of the pattern). For example, this flowery fabric looks okay even when you can just see part of it. This cupcake one, not so much.

2. Cut your fabric. I recommend getting your camera strap and measuring it to see how long and wide you want to cut your fabric. I always cut mine a little bigger than I think I'm going to need it. You will want to add an inch or two to your length and about an inch to the width to account for the hems and seams.

3. Okay, so now we're going to start the "real" sewing business Hold on to your hats girls! First, we are going to hem the ends of our fabric. This is so that they don't fray and have threads everywhere. If  you're like me (and you're lazy), hemming can be one of the most boring (but necessary) parts of just about every sewing project. But, it's one of those things that we just have to do. Lucky for us, for this project, we just have to hem the short ends! First, you need to fold down your ends about 1/4 of an inch.
Then, you are going to fold it down 1/4 of an inch again. Pin your fabric so it doesn't slip, then sew a straight line. There you go! You just made a hem! (Make sure you take the pins out once you put the presser foot down and before you start sewing. Sewing over pins can break your needle- or the pins- and send sharp metal into your eyeball and blind you. Or something like that).

4. Now we are going to sew this fabric into a tube. First, you need to fold your fabric "hotdog style" (that's what we called it in elementary school anyways!). Make sure that you have the right sides of your fabric facing each other. It should look like this (skinnier than before).
Then, you need to pin your fabric so that it doesn't move around.Make sure that both sides are even (or close) so that you don't accidentally miss part of your fabric. If you do that, you'll have a hole in the side of your tube and you'll have to sew this over again.

Now, you are going to sew in a straight line down your fabric. I like to sew about 1/4 of an inch away from the side of my fabric. Some people sew farther over. This is why we added the inch to the width of our fabric earlier. Whatever you do, don't sew too far away. Make sure that the distance between the fold and the line you sew is at least as big as your camera strap. Otherwise, it won't fit.

5. Okay, we are almost done (and we ARE done with the sewing part of this tutorial!). Now, you are going to take your fabric and turn it inside out (well, actually you're turning it right side out. But, you get the idea). Just start squishing the fabric through the hole. If your strap is super skinny, you might want a chopstick to help you push it through.
6. Yay! You now have a new camera strap cover! All you need to do now is unattach one side of your original camera strap (like the one from Nikon or Cannon that is attached to your camera that goes around your neck). This can be tricky to figure out, but make sure you pay attention to how you did it so that you can get it back on! Slide the cover on (you may need to squish the end parts in a little if your strap is tight and your ends are wide), then reattach your strap to your camera. Voila! You just made a Super Simple Camera Strap Cover. Pat yourself on the back and go take lots and lots of pictures with your new, cute strap!

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