I like to change mine occasionally when I find a new set of fabrics that I like, and my old strap is getting boring. This one was made using my fun new toy: an Accuquilt Go! Baby cutter. I used the 5" square die.
Here is how you can make a new camera strap for yourself. Or maybe a friend? How about Christmas gifts? I am serious when I say that these are quick and easy to make!
All you will need are small fabric scraps, a small scrap of "warm and natural" batting and basic sewing supplies, including a sewing machine.
First up, you will gather six 5" fabric squares. I cut mine with my Go! Baby:
Sew them together using a 1/4" seam (I use the edge of my presser foot, and that is just about 1/4"):
This is what the strip will look like sewn together:
You need to iron all of the seams in one direction, like so:
Your fabric piece will measure approximately 26" X 5". You will now cut a piece of warm and natural quilt batting to measure 24-1/2" X 4-1/4". Lay the batting on the wrong side of the fabric and center it:
Now we get to do a little bit of machine quilting. Sewing on the right side of the fabric (the batting is underneath), start at approximately 1/2" from the edge and sew a line from the top to the bottom of the strap:
Repeat approximately every 1/4 to 1/3 inch until you reach the other side, 1/2" from the edge:
On each short end, iron a small hem (fold fabric over 1/4" and then another 1/4"):
Sew each of those hems:
Fold the strap right sides together, and sew it along that edge (be sure to catch only the fabric in this seam. Don't catch the batting):
Turn the strap right side out and iron:
Please note the the seam goes down the center of the strap:
Your strap should look something like this at this point:
You can thread it onto your camera strap by using a safety pin on the end of the strap:
It's that simple!
I hope this tutorial helps you to make something fun and practical.