DIY Camera Strap Tutorial

February 18, 2015

I recently decided to pull my mom’s old film camera, circa 1979, to spruce it up and play around a bit.  When I pulled it out one of the first things I noticed was the strap was falling apart!  I found one online that I liked, but it was out of my price range for something that was just a fun project, so I decided to make one myself!  I was so excited about how it turned out, that I made another strap (that is already in the mail for a wonderful friend of mine) so I could share this SUPER EASY tutorial.

what you need:

  • sewing machine

  • seam ripper

  • white, or neutral thread

  • 1 1/2 yards of cotton webbing (I used 1 inch, but 1 1/2 or 2 inch would also work)

  • fabric or Elmers glue

  • glue for metal (I used E6000)

  • tan microfiber purse tabs with rings (EverythingMary brand)

  • silver swiver clasp (EverythingMary brand)

(All supplies were purchased at JoAnn’s.  If you’re really crafty, the tan purse tabs could be replaced with leather)

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the steps:

  • decide how long you want your strap to be (mine is 45”), add 4 inches and cut

  • finish off the ends of the cotton webbing with the glue.  I usually put a dab on the end and rub it in with my fingers.

  • open the purse tab by pulling off one side of the metal grommet

  • fold one end down a couple of inches and pin.  Make sure that this will fit inside the purse tab

  • place this over the purse tab and mark where the holes should be.  If you have light colored cotton webbing you can do this with a marker, on this particular strap I put my seam ripper on the spot the grommet should be and made a little hole.

  • replace the tops to the grommets (I put a dab of metal glue these to make sure they weren’t going anywhere)

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  • sew along the seams of the purse tabs in a U shape (across the bottom, up one side, back down that side, across the bottom, up the second side, back down that side, across the bottom again)

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  • repeat steps with the other end of the strap

YOU’RE DONE!

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I’m so excited to share this fun, and easy DIY project!  It’s one that can be variated to fit your mood and style.  You could even paint the strap a fun design before you put it together!  If you try this out, I’d love to see it!  If you drag and drop a photo into the comment box below a link to it will be created, so share away!

Meghan -Meghan

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