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Scrappy Camera Strap

Totally not an absolute necessary item……..but who needs necessary?!?!


Good grief, give me some COLOR.


Okay, it is practical to put those scraps to some good use though. Less waste…….. ;)


Do you have a camera with a plain ‘ol neck-strap?


Want some thing new?



All you need is scraps of fabric, interfacing, thread, and a sewing machine.


My camera strap is for my Canon digital SLR. I decided to only cover the webbing part and actually use the whole strap itself. I didn’t cut the strap apart at all and didn’t find new hardware to make a whole new strap. That would have been too much work, right? ;)


So I measured my strap from one end of the webbing to the other, not including the leather on each end. Mine measured 1 3/4 inches wide by 23 1/2 inches long. I doubled the width (so it can cover the front and back) and added 1 inch for seam allowances (1/4 inch on both sides plus a little breathing room and the thickness of the strap). Then I added and inch to the length to give a 1/2 inch to tuck under at each end.


So my exact measurements including seam allowances were 4 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches.


Then I cut out a variety of scraps that were at least 4 1/2 inches wide but were all different lengths. I sewed them all together but just made sure that the final sewn-together-strip was 24 1/2 inches long. Make sense?


Now, iron your strip flat and then iron on some fusible interfacing.


Then, sew your strip together lengthwise, right sides together.


Turn right side out and iron, with your seam on the back.


Then put a safety pin on one end of your strap and thread it through your cover.


Tuck one end under about a 1/2 inch.


You’ll be sewing right under the leather section (if your strap looks like mine) so that you don’t have to sew through leather. See right where the pin is? The webbing section below the leather is pretty easy to sew through.


Do the same to the other side, tucking enough of the leftover fabric under to make the strap smooth.


Now, re-attach your strap and shoot in style.



Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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