Wednesday, April 3, 2013

His & Hers Reversible DSLR Camera Strap Cover - a 2013 FAL Tutorial

Today we have a lovely tutorial from my friend Jennie, who blogs at Clover & Violet. I have to tell you I feel like I picked tutorials for this round of the FAL of things that I really need to make just for me. I am already trying to decide which fabrics I will use when I make one of these camera straps for my own camera. I hope you enjoy it too.

Hi, I'm Jennie and I blog with my mom over at Clover & Violet.  I want to thank Leanne for letting me share this simple camera strap cover tutorial with you!

I am often inspired to make things by things I like that don't quite fit my purpose.  When I first bought my DSLR camera a couple of years ago, I splurged and purchased a handmade camera strap cover with a pretty blue ruffle on it.  While it served its purpose, my husband felt awkward carrying it around while we were on vacation, taking photos at the beach, and especially if he went somewhere without me!  However, the cover slipped onto the strap, so it was a pain to remove too.

Hopefully this will greatly improve our photo taking experience...a reversible, easily removable, His & Hers Camera Strap Cover:

  • 12 - 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles for patchwork - I used Coquette by Chez Moi for Moda
    • or other patchwork of your choice measuring 5" x 25"
  • 2 - 3 1/2" squares printed fabric
  • 5 1/2" x 25" strip Moda Cross Weave in gray
  • 2 - 3 1/2" squares Cross Weave
  • 1- 5" x 25" strip Pellon Fusible Thermolam
    • if Thermolam isn't available, Fusible Fleece or a thinner batting will work just fine {you can even use a double sided fusible web to stick your batting in place}.
  • 30" package of 5/8" Sew-on Velcro
Note:  Read all directions before beginning.  All seam allowances 1/4", unless otherwise stated.

 1.  Sew the 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles together to form one 5" x 25" strip of fabric.  Following the manufacturer's directions, fuse the Fusible Thermolam to the wrong side of the patchwork piece.  Quilt as desired - I used the scallop stitch on my sewing machine to create some fun texture.

2. Optional: Memory card pocket with Velcro {my pretty camera strap cover came with a memory card pocket...that a brand new memory card fell out of, as a result, I've added a closure to this one so that won't happen again!}

Cut a 2" strip of  in half lengthwise.  Sew one half of the Velcro to the right side of one patchwork square and one Cross Weave square.  Sew the squares right sides together, leaving an opening opposite the Velcro.  Turn right sides out.  Sew the remaining Velcro 4" from one edge of each side of the cover.  Place the pocket on top of the strap and sew in place, 1/8" from the pocket edges, sewing the opening closed at the same time.

3.  Place the strap pieces right sides together and sew along the long edges, back stitching at the beginning and end of the seams.  The Cross Weave should seem a little bunchy because it is 1/2" wider than the patchwork.  This is so the patchwork portion will not show at all on the "His" side of the strap.

4.  Turn the strap right sides out and carefully fold under 1/4" on each end.

5.  Sew 1/8" around the entire camera strap edge.

6.  Sew one 24 1/2" piece of Velcro to the patchwork side of the strap.

7.  Sew the other 24 1/2' piece of Velcro to the Cross Weave side of the strap.

Then Velcro your cover around your camera strap and you're all set!  Thanks again to Leanne for having me!

Thank you Jennie!

Don't forget to link up your Q1 finishes - the Q1 post-quarter link is open and it will close at midnight MST, April 7, 2013. And if you still have some UFOs I hope you will join us for Q2 of the FAL, Q2 FAL lists can be posted starting on April 8.


Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Now I just need a DLSR! Xxx

Annabella said...

Great tute - just what I need!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

This is on my list to make!! Love it!!

elle said...

This means I have to take it out of my pocket! lol

Katy Cameron said...

Heh, smart idea! Although I'd have to find a man to share my camera with, and that seems a little OTT ;o)

LJ said...

Does this strap guarantee that I'll be taking wonderful pictures, too? lol Thanks for the tut.