DIY Camera Strap Cover with Lense Cap Pocket

Yes there are a million tutorials on making a Camera Strap Cover, but I am showing you how to do it anyway!  I’ve been wanting to make one for a while now, especially since getting my camera.  I finally got off my bootie and did it.  I made it to match my new DIY Camera Bag Purse {see tutorial for that HERE}.  I have to say that I’m super proud of myself, and my sewing!  Trust me, this is a huge accomplishment for me.  I’m only good at sewing straight lines and couldn’t even tell you how to use a pattern.  So between the camera bag and this camera strap I feel super proud of myself.  Now it’s your turn to make one. 

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Supplies:
*  Fabric
{1 for the main strap, 1 contrasting for the pocket}
*  Thread & Sewing Machine
*  Heavy Weight Fusible Fleece
{I used Pellon from Joanns, and used a coupon}
*  Fusible Interfacing
{doesn’t matter what kind}
*  Scissors
*  Rotary cutter/mat
{optional but suggested}
*  Iron
Just A Note: I made these covers to fit the standard sized straps that come with any Canon-Nikon DSLR/SLRs. The finished length of the strap is 24.5″ by 2.75″ wide.
These are the measurements you will need to cut your fabric:
Fabric: {2} 26.5 x 3.75″ [1 piece for front of strap and 1 for back]
Pocket Piece: {1} 5.5 x 3.75″ [I used a contrasting fabric]
Interfacing: 3.5 x 2.75″ [you can layer 2 pieces if your interfacing is lightweight]
Fusible Fleece: 24.5 x 5.5″
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Let’s Begin!
#1
 Put your {2} pieces of fabric [one for front of strap and one for the back] that measure 26.5 x 3.75″, aside and let’s work on the pocket. Take your fusible interfacing and center it on the back of the pocket piece and fuse. Now fold the short end over 1/2″ and then fold it again to create a finished edge for the top of the pocket. I stitched this using a double row of stitching. Line up the unfinished edge of your pocket piece with the end of your strap piece and pin.
#2
Now lay your two long strap pieces [26.5″ x 3.75″] together, your pocket piece should be sandwiched in the middle and everything should be lined up.  Sew a 1/2″ seam allowance all along the edge.  Take your iron and press the seam open. 
#3
Take your piece of fusible fleece and lay it centered on the wrong side of your fabric.  It will probably have a 1/2″ excess of fabric on each long side, and 1″ excess of fabric on each short end.  Iron it.  After ironing the fleece fold each short end 1/2″ and then 1/2″ again to create clean edges and iron them. 
#4
Go stitch the short seams across now.  I did a double stitch again here. 
#5
Now is the time for you to add any special trims or ruffles like I did if you so choose.  Sew it to the side that doesn’t have the pocket.
#6
Match the edges together inside out again and sew a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Trim off excess leaving about 1/4″ seam allowance.  Now have fun and try to turn it inside out.  Sometimes a pencil’s eraser helps!  Get your iron again and press your camera strap flat.
#7
Sew another double stitch down each side of the strap, do not sew the pocket though…stop just before it.  And your done!  You now have an amazing camera strap cover!
Note:  My strap I think could have been longer.  I only say that because I’m a larger girl {wink}, so I like my camera strap longer, next time I may add a few more inches to the length of the strap cover.  I also just added some piping and a ruffled fabric trim down the middle.  I originally wanted the piping to be down the sides of the strap like piping should be, but I totally forgot to sew it on there.  Duh!  Next time I will remember, I think it will give it a pop of color and a nice polished edge. 
{Sorry for the bad pic on this one, I had to use my other camera}
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I seriously love how this strap cover turned out, I hope you enjoy making yours!

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Comments

  1. says

    Love this!! Wish I had the ability to sew :( Until then I just have to wait so til I can afford to buy one!! lol But this one is very pretty!!
    -Meesh :)

  2. says

    What a smart idea to add the lens cap pocket – I love that idea! I am visiting from Lil’ Luna and I’d love if you would visit back! Have a great day!

    Amanda
    everycreativeendeavor.com

  3. says

    I have seriously had this kind of thing on my mind for a bit now- I need a lens cap pocket! Its a miracle I haven’t lost my cap in the three years I’ve owned my camera! Awesome tutorial- thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to make one and will make sure to link back when I do :)

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