January 10, 2012

Camera Strap

I made this adorable camera strap for my sister, the aspiring photographer! I initially planned on using the two different fabrics and ribbon for a cute accent...but the planned changed about 3/4 the way through. Here's how you make a camera strap cover.
 Gather your materials. I chose the orange fabrics because they are bright and fun and totally match my sisters personality.
 Next, cut out your main cover. I believe all straps are basically the same size but make sure to measure and add seam allowance. My measurements were 24" x 1.75" so I cut 2 strips measuring 25" x 2.75". **Note**If I make another strap I would save myself some cutting time and cut one really wide piece and fold it....cuts out a sewing step too!!!
 Next, sew your two strips together and then iron that seam flat!
After they are ironed you will want to hem the ends of the strips. (sorry...no picture of that one)

For my little ruffled piece I cut 2 strips, 2" x 40", and the sewed them together so I had plenty of ruffle! I measured 1/4" and ironed the fold and then stitched it all the way...on both sides.
 Now you have your two basic pieces!!!
 In order to gather the fabric, I sewed a running stitch (a longer stitch) right down the center, like so (pictured below)
 To gather, just pull on on of the threads until you get the desired ruffle. Once you are satisfied with the ruffle, pin it to the other fabric and sew it on.
 After you have the ruffle attached, put right sides together (so it looks like it is inside out) and sew your final side seam. The fun part comes next...turning it right-side out! I like to use a wooded spoon to help me out and it works quite nice!

So this is were I decided i didn't want to use the ribbon. I like ruffles but not too many and the ribbon just wasn't working the way I imagined. So.....I cut a small little strip about a 1" wide, hemmed it all up and sewed it in the middle of the ruffle. I love how it turned out!!!

Linking to these fabulous parties!!!!!

6 comments:

  1. I love it! {I saw that same orange fabric around here and wanted to make an apron!} What a kind sister you are <3 Thanks SO much for sharing this at the Kiss & Tell party over at my place!

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  2. I ADORE that orange fabric!! And your ruffle looks so perfect. I wish I could say I had made my camera strap--sadly, I purchased mine. (Head hung in shame.) Your sister is lucky! Thanks for linking up at Oopsey Daisy!

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  3. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creativity here. Can you please share your posts at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  4. I love how it turned out! I've been meaning to make one of my own, but I still haven't gotten around to it. They are just so darn cute! Thanks for linking up! :)

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  5. Oh my gosh this is soooo stinkin' cute! I adore that ruffle! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! It's so fun...I really need to make one for myself now :)

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