Scrap Ribbon Camera Strap Cover (A Tutorial)

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Here is my new camera strap cover. I made it from ribbon scraps the same way I made my daughter’s scrap ribbon belt.

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I had some great new ribbon to use thanks to Jennifer at Strano Designs. If you need ribbon scraps, Strano Designs sells it by the quarter pound!

 

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Step 1: I traced my camera strap onto some plain muslin with a disappearing ink pen……

 

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…..and added 1/8″ to the outside of the traced line. Then I cut around the entire shape leaving 1/2″ for the seam allowance.

 

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Step 2: I lined up ribbon the same way I did in my scrap ribbon belt tutorial except I made sure to sew along the outside line I drew with my disappearing ink pen.

 

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Please see my ribbon scrap belt tutorial for sewing and weaving the ribbon…..

 

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…..and repeat the steps for the entire length of the muslin piece.

 

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Step 3: With all the ribbon attached, iron the sides of your muslin inward on the opposite side.

 

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Step 4: Carefully trim any excess ribbon that hangs past the muslin. I zigzagged all my edges at this point to keep the ribbon from fraying.

 

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Step 5: Retrace your camera strap and trim the ends to the same shape leaving 1/4″ excess.

 

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Step 6: I used pre-made bias tape, and folded around the edges of the strap so it overlapped 1/4″…..

 

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….and sewed it on using an 1/8″ seam. You can use regular fabric for this as well, just cut enough to go all the way around. The raw edges are left in the back.

 

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Step 7: Trace your entire camera strap cover onto a coordinating fabric and cut all the way around leaving 1/2″ excess.

 

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Step 8: Somewhere on one of the sides, mark a 4″ gap to leave open so that you can insert your strap when the cover is done.

 

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Step 9: Fold the contrasting fabric all way around at the 1/2″ mark.

 

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Step 10: Topstitch 1/8″ between the two marks you made for the gap…..

 

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….and topstitch both ends 1/8″.

 

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Step 11: Placing both pieces wrong sides together, topstitch 1/8″ from the edge all the way around to connect the two…..

 

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….making sure NOT to stitch your “gap” or ends closed where you “pre” topstitched.

 

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Step 12: You’re done! Insert your camera strap ends through the gap and to each side….pull the entire strap into the cover. I got the idea on how to insert the camera strap from Petchy. Petchy made hers with the ends narrower too so that the cover doesn’t slip to either side.

 

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No one will ever mistake my camera for their camera….and now my husband will probably be embarrassed to use mine!

 

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If you aren’t interested in going through the tedious process of making a scrap ribbon camera strap…..check out Shealynn’s designs in her Etsy shop! They are great and she’ll add custom features for you!

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  1. 1

    Fabulous! I definitely need one of these. I love its colourfulness!

  2. 2
    Big brother, Little sister. says:

    Ashley! that is so detailed and amazing! I always wondered which camera you used too? I see it is a Canon EOS but which one and which lens? Bron

  3. 3
    noolygirl says:

    OMG! this is too gorgoeus for words! I so want to try this!

  4. 4

    I love your tutorials, always so detailed. You make it easy for anyone to do-thanks Ashley!

  5. 5
    Elle's Mom says:

    It turned out beautiful!

  6. 6
    Your cool friend Cheryl says:

    I wish I had the patience to weave ribbon scraps together like that!

    Oh ya, and a camera that's nice enough it requires a strap… lol

  7. 7

    This is awesome. And I could probably make 100 with the amount of ribbon scraps I have! Love it :)

  8. 8
    Mod Podge Amy says:

    Oooh! Must make this. Soon.

  9. 9
    Becky DeVries says:

    love this. Great job!! I blogged about it!

  10. 10
    TRICIA @ The Zoo says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just got my new DSLR (yay!!) and I am excited to make myself a pretty strap.

    XO*Tricia

  11. 11

    That is freaky….I was walking through the park today thinking… "I bet I could make a camera strap"….So, thanks…now I don't have to figure it out!!:)

  12. 12
    sofia's sketchbook says:

    i love the strap..
    it is just beautiful!!!!!!
    i have to be honest…
    i would probably go craaaaazy!!!!!
    trying to do this myself….
    i work way super fast……
    i would buy one from your etsy store….
    i am sure!

  13. 13
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    lovely! I added your button. Tell me if that is what you wanted. When do you want me to do the giveaway?

  14. 14

    I love this! And what a wonderful tutorial! :-) I could so use something this cute for my camera. :-)

    I linked this post to my Creative Mamas Monday blog hop. :-)

    http://kindredspiritreviews.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-make-flower-clips-creative-mamas.html

  15. 15

    cute!! Ive been trying to figure out how to do a wrist strap for my camera. Any ideas?

  16. 16
    casserole says:

    Fabulous camera strap!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-scrap-ribbon-camera-strap/2009/10/27/

    –Anne

  17. 17
    Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    Wow, it's gorgeous! Talk about a conversation starter… I'll be linking.

  18. 18
    Josey's mom says:

    A-MA-ZING!

  19. 19

    I love this! I need a cute strap for my camera. I'm curious if I were to ask you to make me one, how much would you charge? My baby is coming any time now, so I don't have time to make one myself!

  20. 20

    Love your blog, one question, if you order the scrap bag from Strano, how many bags should I order for both projects the strap and belt?

    Thanks

  21. 21

    WAW!!!

  22. 22
    Angela Noelle of Striking Keys says:

    Hi there. Just included a link to your tut' in an article I wrote for a NZ site, fyi ;)

    You can read it here.

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