As we bloggers know, good photography is a key component of a professional and captivating blog space. For my photos, I shoot with a Nikon D2X digital SLR camera, which I purchased used on eBay. I use a Tamron 18-200 mm lens for my "everyday" photos; and I use a Tamron 10-24 mm lens when I need those wide, full-room shots (like my living room and guest bath re-do). I would also recommend purchasing a 50 mm fixed focus length lens, which works fabulously in low-light situations for portraits and detailed photos, like food.With all that said, a good camera deserves a super-cute, customized strap cover to go along with it, wouldn't you agree?You can find gorgeous, handmade camera strap covers all over Etsy-land. But they can cost as much as $50. Today I'm going to show you how to make your very own, on the cheap!
You'll want to begin by checking the dimensions of your camera strap. Add two inches to both the length and width and cut out two identical pieces of fabric matching those dimensions. (I cut mine 26 inches long by
4 inches wide)
Next you'll want to cut out some fleece fabric, which will serve as a liner (this makes for a nice, thick, comfy strap cover).To determine the size of your fleece strips, subtract one inch from the length and width of your fabric pieces. (My fleece strips were 25 inches long by 3 inches wide.) This will keep your hem from getting too puffy-looking.Now you'll want to sew a 1/2-inch hem along the top and bottom of each strip.Once you have all four tops and bottoms hemmed, it's time to line up the whole piece and begin making the final hems.Flip both pieces over so the felt is on the inside and begin folding under the sides (1/2 inch) and then pinning the two pieces together.Once you have everything pinned, carefully hem each side. Caution: Make sure you don't hem in too far; you'll need to leave ample room for the strap to slip through.Once you're done with the strap cover, you can embellish it with a handmade rosette, like I did.I just used my hot glue gun and some 1 1/2-inch ribbon to create this rosette.After that, just slip your strap through the cover and voila! Here's the finished product.The total cost of this project was $8, including the fabric, fleece lining and green ribbon. Not too bad, huh? Total time spent on the project was two hours.
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