DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

by Thursday, March 20, 2014
DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

This DIY camera strap is perfect for any camera!

Let’s be honest. Factory camera straps are not very pretty, and the ones you want to buy are usually pretty pricey! So why not make your own DIY camera strap? While you are doing some spring cleaning in the next few months, grab a couple old t-shirts and give this nifty tutorial a try. It’s super simple, and great for gifting!

Step 1:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Gather your materials! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Leather cloth
  • Scissors
  • T-Shirt (L or XL works best)
  • Sewing Machine/Thread
  • Split Rings (2)
  • Lobster Clasps (2)
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Optional: Tape

Step 2:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Using your marker, create the outline on the leather for the base of your camera strap. This is where the strap will connect to the camera. You can trace a camera strap you already have to get the proper dimensions.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

You should have two outlines, one for each end.

Step 3:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Cut out the outlines. Do not cut the middle line!

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

This is what your outlines should look like after being cut out.

Step 4:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Connect your lobster clasps to the split rings.

Step 5:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Slip the split rings through the piece of leather and center.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

If the center of your outline is two wide, trim down until the split rings fit just enough to slightly move around. Set aside.

Step 6:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Lay your T-Shirt flat on countertop, hot dog style (the long side of the shirt facing you).

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Line up the bottom seams of the shirt smooth out to get rid of as many wrinkles as possible.

Step 7:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Cut off your side seam. Using your ruler, cut 6 strips – each 1 cm wide from one end of the shirt to the other. Be sure to cut your shirt widthwise.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

You should now have 6 strips with loops at both ends.

Step 8:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

With your strips stretched out, cut one of the ends. Only one end should have a loop now, as if you just folded a long piece of fabric in half.

Step 9:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Grab one end of each strip and lay on top of another.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Knot the strips close to the end.

Step 10:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Divide your strips into 3 stacks of 2. Doubling up the strips will reinforce the braid and create a stronger strap.

Step 11:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Now you can begin your braid! We taped down one end to keep the strips from moving while trying to braid.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

When you have braided a significant amount, fold in half to check the length. Continue braiding until you reach the desired length.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

When finished braiding, trim the end. Leave at least one inch of fabric on the end.

Step 12:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

With one leather strip open, place the 1 inch of fabric from the end of your braid. Flatten the fabric as much as possible to create even distribution across the leather. This will help when sewing together!

Untie the knot on the opposite end of the braid and repeat steps 11 and 12.

Step 13:

leather-camera-strap

Using your sewing machine (or needle/thread if you do not have one), sew the edges each closed leather strip. Sew each side, and then diagonally.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

It’s not perfect, but this is essentially what your seams should look like!

Step 14:

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Clip to the sides of your camera.

DIY Camera Strap | UpCycled Clothing

Voila! You have a brand new camera strap. Keep it for yourself or gift it to your favorite photographer friend!

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