Thursday, June 9, 2011

Camera Strap Cover Tutorial

Remember the camera strap cover I made last month? I've had a ton of emails about ordering them, but I just don't have the time :( Sorry!

I did make this one for a gal to test my measurments and it seemed to work well, so I've created a tutorial for all of you fabulous people!
These measurements fit a Canon Camera Strap (approx. 2" x 25")

Use 1/4 " seams throughout
Cut five 5 1/2" x 2 3/4" Strips of fabric in various colors

 Cut one 2 3/4" x width of fabric strip

 Sew small strips together end to end with right sides together

 Use a 3/4" x 44". crossgrain ribbon or a 1" x 44" strip of fabric and serge the sides (You can also use pinking shears to minimize fray or leave the edge raw for a scrappy look)
Sew a basting stitch (longest length stitch your machine allows) down the middle of your "ruffle" leaving the threads long on each end
Pin one end to the end of your pieced strip leaving about 1/2" hangover
Pin the other end to the other side of your pieced strip only about 1/2" onto your last rectangle of fabric. 

Pull one thread from your basting stitch to gather the  fabric (or ribbon) and create a ruffle
adjust gathering as needed in order for your pieced strip to lay flat

 Pin and sew a straight seam (regular stitch length) down the center of your ruffle, back stitching at each end
unpick the basting stitch

 Pin large ric rac (the same length as your pieced strip) above the ruffle
Try to match your "valleys" with the raw edge of your strip

 Baste the ric rac 1/2 " down from raw edge

layer the solid strip with the pieced strip, right sides together, and sew down one side length wise, then press the seam. Trim solid strip to same length as pieced strip. serge the ends (or fold up and press the edges 1/4")

 Press up each end 3/4"

 Sew a straight seam 1/8" away from inside fold, then another 1/4" from inside fold

 re-layer your fabrics and sew down other side lengthwise
You can serge or sew and trim off ric rac with a rotary cutter
Turn the camera strap and press

Make your favorite fabric flowers and slip stitch them onto the plain rectangle. 
Get creative with the embellishments. You can use scrabble letters, buttons, brads, jewels, beads, pearls or anything else that catches your eye.
Here a few good fabric flower tutorials to use:
Fabric Rosette
Fabric Flower

I used these fabrics

Have fun!

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Tanya said...

GREAT tutorial! Will be making this myself - Happy Thursday, Annie...thanks for sharing!

Laura Beth said...

This is so awesome! My camera needs to be jazzed up the same way. I think I'll put this tutorial on my summer to-do list!

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Whit said...

yay I found it thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

so cute!! I want one too!

Marianne said...

I love this tutorial. I just got a camera like this and really want to prettyfy the strap a little. Thank you for sharing.

Jill said...

Cute camera strap and a lovely easy to follow tutorial!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

LisaMarie said...

I just got my first Canon DSLR with the ugliest strap and instantly started looking to buy a pretty one...then I came across this post! Perfect! I'm so excited! I am going to try this next weekend with some scrap material. LOVE your tutorials!

Unknown said...

So beautiful! I think this is the best one I have seen. I am hosting my first linky party on Thursday and would love for you to join me!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Oh my gosh, that's the cutest camera strap I've ever seen!!

Quiltstory said...

So cute, thanks for sharing how to make it! And thanks for linking up! :)

D+B said...

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Ami Allison said...

WOW!! This is fantastic!!! I'm your newest follower!! Hope you stop by to say hello!!! :)

Fabric Bows and More said...

Cute! Come and join our link party:

Nikki said...

That is so adoreable! I LOVE it!

Rachel @ Little Kitchen, Big Bites said...

So cute! I love that you embellished it...I'll have to try this!

Sachiko said...

This is so cute! Thank you for sharing!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the tute on this adorable camera strap, I NEED to make one!! Thanks for sharing at my party last week, I featured it today!

feel free to grab a featured button from the side of my blog :)

Marieta said...

Thank you for the tuto
i,m looking for
lovely blog¡¡¡
hugs from Spain