Camera strap

I’ve been frantically working away in my sewing room trying to finish up Christmas presents, but I managed to squeeze in some time to make this colorful camera strap cover.

I’ve been feeling guilty that I have these scraps of fabric just sitting in a box on my sewing shelf, so I figured this would be the perfect time to use some of them!

Want to fancy up your camera strap?  Here’s how:

1. Cut 2 inch wide strips of fabric.  (Don’t worry about the length yet, just make sure they’re at least 4 inches long.)

2.  Sew your strips of fabric length-wise with a quarter of an inch seam allowance until you have enough to cover the length of your camera strap with about 1/2  extra inch on the ends.

3. Measure the width of your stock camera strap.  Multiply it by 2 and add an inch for seam allowance.

For example, my camera strap is 1.5 inches wide times 2 equals 3.  Add 1 inch for seam allowance and that equals 4.

4. Cut your sewn together fabric strip to the width you measured in step three.

5. Iron your fabric strip to a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing.

6. Fold over and iron one end of your strip 1/4 inch towards the wrong side (the side with the interfacing).

7. Fold your strip of fabric in half length-wise with right sides together.  Sew along the long edge with a seam allowance of 3/8 inch.

8. Turn your strip inside out and slide it onto your camera strap with the folded in short edge first.

9. Edge stitch the folded in edge of your strap to your stock camera strap to hold it in place.

10. Tuck under the raw edges on the other end of your strap and edge stitch this end to your strap like you did with the other end.

11. Now you can show off your handy work as you take pictures!  Out with the boring old strap and in with a pretty new cheerful one!

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