Here is my new camera strap cover. I made it from ribbon scraps the same way I made my daughter’s scrap ribbon belt.
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!
Step 1: I traced my camera strap onto some plain muslin with a disappearing ink pen……
…..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.
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.
Please see my ribbon scrap belt tutorial for sewing and weaving the ribbon…..
…..and repeat the steps for the entire length of the muslin piece.
Step 3: With all the ribbon attached, iron the sides of your muslin inward on the opposite side.
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.
Step 5: Retrace your camera strap and trim the ends to the same shape leaving 1/4″ excess.
Step 6: I used pre-made bias tape, and folded around the edges of the strap so it overlapped 1/4″…..
….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.
Step 7: Trace your entire camera strap cover onto a coordinating fabric and cut all the way around leaving 1/2″ excess.
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.
Step 9: Fold the contrasting fabric all way around at the 1/2″ mark.
Step 10: Topstitch 1/8″ between the two marks you made for the gap…..
….and topstitch both ends 1/8″.
Step 11: Placing both pieces wrong sides together, topstitch 1/8″ from the edge all the way around to connect the two…..
….making sure NOT to stitch your “gap” or ends closed where you “pre” topstitched.
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.
No one will ever mistake my camera for their camera….and now my husband will probably be embarrassed to use mine!
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!