Sewing for Beginners - Camera Strap Cover

As a beginner at sewing, you may think that the projects you could make are not too cute. In fact there are quite a few very cute and stylish projects that you can complete with not much experience sewing. Learn to make a camera strap cover that is a bright addition and looks nice, but will also be soft and comfortable when you have your camera around your neck.

Sewing for beginners - camera strap cover tutorial

Follow this simple step-by-step tutorial to make your own comfortable and stylish slip cover for your camera strap. I have confidence you will be able to make this as a beginner sewing project. You will only have to sew four straight lines and I think by the end of the project you will have the experience to make a few extras for yourself or friends quite quickly.
If you have taken your camera on a family vacation, a day at the park, a mini photo shoot, or while enjoying the beautiful nature of our world, you may have experienced a sore neck where your camera strap rubbed against your skin. Making one of these simple covers for your camera strap will make those uncomfortable experiences a thing of the past.

Gather your supplies, warm up your iron, and get sewing! You will have a stylish and comfortable camera strap cover in about 20 minutes. As you practice more often, you can make these even quicker.

Since I have so much fabric in my stash, this is my monthly project for the Crafty Destash Challenge. It was nice to use up some of the fabric I've had in my closet for quite a while, and even better that it's very useful and beneficial too. Check at the end of my tutorial to see the other great projects that other bloggers created.

Sewing for Beginners - Camera Strap Cover Tutorial

Supplies Needed for Sewing Project

supplies needed to make a camera strap cover for your DSLR camera
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Flannel Fabric - 6 inches wide for 1 fabric or 3 inches wide for 2 fabrics
Fusible Fleece (light) - 2.5 inch wide piece
Thread
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat
Iron
wooden spoon



Sewing Tutorial

use sewing supplies to cut soft fabric

1.   Measure and cut your fabric. If using 1 pattern of fabric, your fabric piece should be 6" x 23.5". If you are using 2 patterns of fabric, you should cut 2 pieces that are 3" x 23.5".

Cut your fusible fleece piece 2.5" x 22.5". It will be the same size whether you used  1 pattern fabric or 2.

add fusible fleece to flannel fabric

2.   Place your fusible fleece on the back side of your flannel fabric according to the directions on the package. Place the fleece face down on your ironing board so the flannel fabric is facing upwards. Iron following the directions on the package.

3.   If you are using 2 pieces of flannel fabric, place those pieces with the pattern facing each other and line fabric up neatly. Using a 1/4" seam, sew the two pieces together along one long side of the fabric.

If using 1 fabric, skip to step 4.

sew a finished edge for your camera strap cover

4.    On the short side of your fabric, fold fabric over 1/4 inch. Press with your iron, then sew using a 1/4" seam. You will be sewing right along the inside edge of the folded over fabric. Do this at the other end of the fabric so you have a neat edge when you turn your project right side out.

5.    Fold your strap cover so the pattern side of the fabric is together and the inside is facing you. You should have a piece that is about 2.75" x 23". The two short ends will be the finished ends you just sewed. Sew along the long side of the fabric so all edges are finished (the short ends will be open).

turn flannel fabric right side out

6.   Turn your camera strap cover right side out. This gets a bit challenging halfway through. Press your strap cover flat so the edges are neat.

7. Remove the camera strap from your DSLR.

place fabric camera strap slip cover over strap
8,  Place your fabric onto a long handled wooden spoon, bunching the fabric as much as possible. Slide your camera strap through the bunched fabric, then remove spoon and smooth out fabric so it covers your camera strap. You are done!

finished comfortable DIY DSLR camera strap cover
Now you have a soft, comfortable, padded, stylish cover for your camera strap. The flannel fabric will feel so soft against your neck next time you have your camera around your neck for an extended period of time.

step by step sewing tutorial for beginners camera strap cover

I hope you found this beginning sewing tutorial helpful today! I would love to see photos of the ones you make following my instructions. You can share those on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram (@homecraftsbyali).


Don't forget to visit these other great projects created by talented bloggers that are using their craft stash.



48 comments

  1. What a great idea to pretty up a camera strap!

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    1. Glad you liked it Mary! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.

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  2. This is so cute - and useful! I've thought for years I need to create a strap cover for my Nikon and I don't know why I've dragged my feet on it. I love yours!

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    1. I felt the exact same way Jaime! It makes a huge difference in comfort.

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  3. This is such a great idea and with my beginner sewing skills I can see myself making this camera strap. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Your welcome Denise! I'm glad you found it a useful tutorial. I think I'm going to make a few more since they are quick.

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  4. I just upgraded my camera and I can totally make this. I have tons of fabric too. Thanks for sharing this easy tutorial :-)

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    1. Hope you like your never strap cover. I'd love to see a picture when you finish!

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  5. This is a great tutorial, my daughter wants to make one for a friend who got a new camera for Christmas. I'd love for you to link this up to our next #HomeMattersParty

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    1. I hope she finds it easy to follow the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This tutorial is so chic and easy. I love how the pattern complements the black color of the camera.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I love sharing easy tutorials that people can realistically make.

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  7. This is so cute! I may have to make one for my camera - thanks for the share!

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  8. I love this! It makes me want to give sewing a go again. I think I could pull this one off, you've written a great tutorial. Pinning now!

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    1. Thanks for pinning Molly! I love inspiring people to pick up a craft they haven't done in a while!

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  9. This is so fun. I love that its not too complicated so I can switch out the pattern every few months. Great tutorial

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    1. Exactly! And you don't use much fabric, so it is quite a frugal project too when you want a new pattern of fabric.

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  10. What a great idea for a sewing project

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  11. I need to make me one of these. Thanks for the tute!

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    1. You're welcome! Glad you found it helpful.

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  12. I've been thinking about doing something like this. I need to give it a try!

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    1. You should try it Hannah! Picking out your favorite pattern and color of fabric is the best part.

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  13. So cute! I don't think my husband would want to have a strap like this, but my female photog friends might!

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    1. Yeah, your husband might not like it, especially the pink! My husband asked if I could make one in dark blue too so when he hold the camera it looks more manly. ;)

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  14. I was just saying how I needed to get a new camera strap, and now I can just sew one instead!

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    1. Yes! Go pick your favorite color fabric and sew one for your camera. Much more cost effective than buying one.

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  15. I love this. I'm going to have to make one for sure. It's so cute.

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    1. Thanks Sue! I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful.

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  16. That looks easy enough for me to tackle! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. It was an easy one Jas. I like to create projects that any beginner at sewing can tackle.

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  17. I might put my strap back on if I make one of these soft covers. I don't like how the strap digs into my neck. Great idea!

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    1. I was feeling the same way before I made mine. We went on lots of National Park trips over the past year and I would wear my camera on the short hikes. I hated how it felt. I wore my camera all over Disneyland for three days after making this and it didn't bother me at all!

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  18. I don't sew and I have an overflow of fabric in my craft room, so I can't imagine how much you might have! Great use of old fabric!

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    1. I was going to take a picture for my post, but the fabric is not organized at all. I have some going back to when I worked at JoAnn Fabrics 16 years ago!! I've got to make some more fabric projects!

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  19. Oh wow! I would love a pretty camera strap. Mine is a boring black. Such a great idea.

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    1. It is nice having something soft and pretty instead of plain old black.

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  20. Great idea! I've been using my camera more and more and would definitely appreciate something like this!

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    1. Glad you visited Chelsea and found this.

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  21. I've experienced the neck rub and shoulder pain that comes from carrying a camera and case all day long. Great project for a beginning sewer (sewist?)

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    1. Yes, it's an easy one for someone with not a lot of experience sewing. I hate calling someone a sewer, so I'm not sure what the right term is.

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  22. What a fabulous idea!! I love this idea and so need one in my life!! Thank you so much for the inspiration and tutorial :-)

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    1. It is super handy to have Sam. I'm glad you liked this tutorial!

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  23. This is a great beginning tutorial! It is something simple, and still gives you the steps perfectly. Definitely helps build your skill set! I am impressed at how you laid everything out so well for beginners! Great teaching!

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment Shannon! I'm always concerned that it won't be understandable if people don't have experience sewing, but your comment eased my mind.

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  24. What a great idea. I will need to make this to personalize my camera.

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    1. Have fun picking out some cute fabric Debra!

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