I recently treated myself to a brand new camera, and one of my first thoughts was: how can I make a lovely strap for this? I decided to DIY a strap mostly because I wanted something unique and personal. I also needed this to be an instant gratification project (quick!) because I was so excited to use my new toy!
I think I say this every time, but this is an easy and fast project! It doesn’t take a lot of fabric so it’s a great stash buster too! Let’s get started.
1. Faux leather (I used my favorite, TÉLIO’s Perfecto Leather; Style 33836, Color 09)
2. Matching thread
3. “D” rings
4. Metal clasps
- Use the camera strap that came with your camera as a template. I traced the outline directly on the backside of my leather.
- Cut out your faux leather slowly and carefully – you will be leaving the edges raw, so you want your cuts to be smooth! Cut two layers.
- My secret weapon! I used plain white glue to secure the two layers together so that they did not slide around when sewing. Lay the glued together layers flat, and set some heavy books on top of them. Let the strap dry for a good 20-30 minutes.
- Topstitch around your strap through both layers, a few millimeters from the edge.
- Fold each end around a D-ring and topstitch in place.
- Attach your clasps to the D-rings. And you’re done!
I really loved this project – it was one of those quick and satisfying makes. The copper faux leather adds a touch of fun to an otherwise functional project. I could see myself whipping up another couple of these when I have a few hours and I want a fun new accessory for my camera.