Patchwork Camera Strap Cover – a Tutorial

Patchwork Camera Strap Cover

I could have actually worked on my “to-do” list today. It is long. It is growing. It would have been the responsible thing to do.

But I had to visit the dentist. (Follow up work, nothing new or unexpected.) Paying him even more money kinda put me in a bit of a mood. For me, sewing helps right that mood. So instead of being responsible, I made something pretty.  This not totally irresponsible now that I now get to share it with you!   🙂    

Here’s how: I determined I needed my cover to end up 2 inches wide by 20 inches long (I wish now I had made it 2 inches x 22 or 23 inches so it’d go onto the leather strap area.)  I used a charm pack as my starting point. That along with a scrap of fabric for the back and some fusible fleece was all I needed to make this quick project!  (and the fleece is optional!)

3 inch squares
I used 9 – 3 inch squares from the charms and sewed them together.
(If I made it again, I’d use  11 or 12 squares instead so it’d be longer.)  

Sew together

Then sewed the patchwork piece and the solid piece together.

fusible fleece

Iron fusible fleece on the wrong side.

top stitch

Top stitch the patchwork squares.

Fold ends

Fold over the ends and stitch in place.
(I did 4 rows of stitching because I though it looked cooler.)

Right sides together

Sew right sides together.

Trim excess

Trim the excess so the seam is not bulky.
(if I had used 2.5 inch squares this wouldn’t be necessary)

Turn and iron

Turn right side out and iron.

Camera Strap

Slide it onto your strap and you’re done!


****** BONUS ******
I have an extra one laying right here. It measures about 2 inches by 20 inches.
Would you like it? Just leave me a comment. I’ll draw a name in the next couple of days.


PS. The FABULOUS fabric is Momo’s new line for Moda.  It is called Odyssea and I am so in love with it.  The pre-cuts are here now.  The yardage will be here sometime this month!

Off to be “for real” productive……

95 Responses to “Patchwork Camera Strap Cover – a Tutorial”

  1. 1 Rachelle September 1, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Wow you are amazing, I wonder how many other ideas are just swimming around in your head for the next time you are in a “mood”!

  2. 3 Brina September 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    what a great giveaway…and my ‘shopping’ would be done for my sisters birthday in october! Thanks for the chance
    blrohloff at aol dot com

  3. 5 Cynthia September 1, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    What a great idea! Have been meaning to make something like this for my camera — didn’t even think of this 😛 Fab giveaway!!

    • 6 Melanie September 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

      I’ve been thinking I need one for a long while now too. Just took the right timing, I guess! I thought that patchwork would be a little fun….and when I am bored with it, I can always make a new one. 🙂

  4. 7 Diane September 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I’m laughing! I got confused with one of your photos until I figured out that the 2 outside strips I was seeing was actually your ironing board!I may like it almost better than the camera strap! It’s a beauty!

    • 8 Melanie September 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      ha ha! yes, that is my ironing board cover! I LOVE it, thanks! 🙂 Used Heather Bailey fabric to make it (SO much prettier than the ugly roosters it came with). Thinking I’ll need to re-cover my little table top board and do a tutorial for that too. Super easy!

  5. 9 msfineprint September 1, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I would love the chance to win won. I’ve been looking at these forever. Could camera manus make uglier ones?

  6. 11 Abby September 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Love it! I’ve had a camera strap cover on my to-do list for a friend who just started a photography business, so thanks for the tute!

    • 12 Melanie September 2, 2009 at 10:03 am

      Obviously, it’s not hard at all – just had to do it! I would actually make mine just a little bit longer next time – we’ll see if I remember that when I go to replace it. 🙂

  7. 15 Emerald September 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Oh, beautiful! I’m adding you on flickr, and hoping to be picked for the drawing!

  8. 17 jan richards September 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Fun prints and what a cute idea. Both of our daughters have
    new cameras that need a strap cover. Thanks for a chance to win
    one and the info to make our own. Thanks.

  9. 19 Tiffany Bird September 2, 2009 at 6:32 am

    That’s nice with the patchwork. I love the fabric. I also did a strap tutorial on my site, with pockets. I didn’t make it padded though.

    I like yours.

  10. 21 revel designs September 2, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Don’t I love a good giveaway! Just picture my husband’s face when I tell him we need a new camera because I won this awesome camera strap!

  11. 23 Christie September 2, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Great tutorial! I’m adding this project to my “to do” list 🙂

    • 24 Melanie September 2, 2009 at 10:10 am

      Thanks! I decided I’d make mine just a little bit longer next time so it went down over the black leather triangle things instead of just to the edge. Just something to keep in mind for when you get to it on your list! 🙂

  12. 25 eklundjen September 2, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for sharing this, especially with all the detailed instructions. Can’t wait to try it myself.

  13. 27 Amanda September 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I LOVE IT!!! I actually want this to be my next project, but I would definitely love to win one from you as well 🙂

  14. 29 colour du jour September 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I have been thinking of making ones of these, and your little tute is just the inspiration that might get me going. thanks peggyann

  15. 31 Lisa September 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Funny that you have an extra one just “lying around.” I want to give my mom one before she goes on an amazing trip in a couple weeks (yes, I’m jealous).

    • 32 Melanie September 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      Okay, so the truth is that I had originally planned to make BOTH side patchwork. But then I thought “It’ll drive me mad if my seams don’t line up.” So I decided to do the back of the strap as one solid piece of fabric, but now I had this whole patchwork piece just waiting to be used. So then I thought “well, heck. I may as well make another and give it away.” Where is your mom going?

      • 33 Lisa September 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm

        My mom is headed to Denmark and Norway a week from today. She and my aunt have been planning for a year and she is completely beside herself with excitement and anticipation.

        I made a strap for my camera as a test-run, but it ended up smaller than I planned. It fits, just … smaller. Anyway – I’m going to try another one a little bigger. Thanks.

      • 34 Melanie September 13, 2009 at 8:53 pm

        What an awesome trip! I would be excited too. Did your second strap turn out better? I’d love to see pictures if you have any!

  16. 35 SarahB September 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    So cute! Love that you pieced it!

    • 36 Melanie September 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I was thinking of just using one fabric – but I really couldn’t decide. So I thought, heck – I’ll use a whole bunch. Then I was gonna do both sides pieced, but figured that it would make me mad if my seams didn’t line up. Of course, i could have just used the 5 inch squares and folded it so the strap would only have one seam. Oh well!

  17. 37 Rebecca A September 2, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Great tute – this is going on my Christmas gift-giving list!

  18. 39 Rebecca September 3, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Umm… YEAH, I would love it!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  19. 40 Mary on Lake Pulaski September 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Oh yes, I’d like the extra. Love all Momo fabric.

  20. 41 Ellen Ban September 3, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the tutorial, too. These would be great Christmas gifts. You’re right about the fabric…just got a charm pack myself! I love MoMo’s Wonderland, too…Great designer, wonderful colors!

  21. 42 Anne September 5, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Very pretty!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  22. 43 Melissa McCoy September 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I’d love to win this, but I love that if I don’t, I can make one myself…that is after I finish my to do list. 🙂
    PS Love your fabric choices, so pretty.

  23. 44 amy p September 6, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I would love to use this. so adorable. great work.

  24. 45 Sandy September 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Your choice of colors is great!! Your tutorial comes right on time… The seatbelts in my husband’s truck are a pain in the neck and I wanted to cover them up. I think I will ad more padding for better confort. You’re an inspiration!

  25. 46 Melissa September 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    This is exactly what I needed to see today, since I promised my sister a camera strap cover for Christmas…. of last year. Oops! Maybe this will kick me into gear- unless I win it, and then, yay! I’m off the hook!

  26. 47 Rebecca September 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    The camera strap cover is great! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!! I would love to have a cover for my camera strap!

  27. 48 Kristen October 4, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! Just what I’ve been looking for!

  28. 50 Fernando November 3, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Great! what type of cloth / material is?

  29. 51 doro December 10, 2009 at 2:18 am

    a very great idea . this strap will make each camera unique.

    i set a link to your tutorial.
    i hope, you’ll agree.

    thanks, doro.

  30. 52 Adena February 19, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Been looking online at camera strap tutorials for awhile and never found exactly what I wanted. So I took the plunge today and bought the fabric. Most of the tutorials I have found is just using fabric but I knew I wanted something more padded. I barely sew and the lady at the fabric store helped me pick out some quilted fabric to use as a lining and then pretty fabric for the cover. Wish I had read this first; I’ve never heard of fusible fleece before and that would be such a better option! I will try to work with what I have first but always intended to make several covers anyway. LOVE the pieced look.

  31. 53 mothergoose518 April 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    So, inquiring minds need to know… does it slide around on the strap, or doe a good job of staying in place?

  32. 55 Heather D November 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I love this!! I might need to make one this afternoon. . .

  33. 56 Julie August 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! Just made one and love it!


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