Off the rack camera straps are so last year. When I got a new camera and couldn’t find a Coach or Vera Bradley strap cover for the Nikon, I was inspired by Pinterest to make my own moderately fashionable camera strap cover. I have plenty of scrap fabrics from previous projects (GoT dress and dog Derby costume), and learned from a recent sewing circle that you can make your own patterns with parchment paper. So making a camera strap cover is the same as making a long skinny pillow case with two open ends. Really, it’s that easy.
Felt (for padding)
Luckily the only math involved was multiplying the width of the strap by 4 for the width of the pattern, and adding 1.5 to each side of the length of the pattern. This was plenty of material for folding, padding, and a 5/8″ seam allowance all around.
Yes, I used leftover scraps from an old curtain-turned-costume.
After the cut/pin/cut.
I can use this pattern again for different colors (to match every outfit, duh) so I wrote what it was and what I did on the parchment paper, then tucked it away in the pattern box.
I used a 5/8″ seam allowance for each side and along the length.
I cut the extra material from the inside, then used the handle of a dinner knife to help turn the camera strap cover inside-out.
The cover was just wide enough and had just enough overlap on the edges that it wasn’t difficult to lead the strap through the cover.
Grandma tip: a large safety pin helps lead the strap through the cover
And Amelia approved!