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How to Change A Camera Strap from Drab to Fab

March 3, 2015 - Posted By Emma Brassfield

Camera Strap: Drab to Fab

With the weather getting warmer and the flowers starting to pop up, there are more and more reasons to take out your camera. However, the straps you can buy from shops are so drab and dreary! Why not brighten up your camera and express your creative personality with this easy to follow DIY camera strap tutorial?

It's the perfect beginner sewing project -- review the stitch instructions (included) and you are good to go.

You will soon be making the perfect gift for yourself, your favorite photographer, or even whipping up some to sell at craft fairs and in your online marketplace!

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You need snap hooks, split rings, and ribbon on webbing for this DIY camera strap.

You will need:

  1. Scissors
  2. Chalk or fabric marker -- you can also use a pin if you don't have chalk. Chalk is great though as it rubs away.
  3. Lighter or matches
  4. Thread -- try to match the ribbon on webbing.
  5. Pins -- glass-headed are a little easier to work with as the webbing can be tough.
  6. (2) 1"2.54cm swivel snap hooks
  7. (2) 1/2"1.27cm split rings
  8. A tape measure
  9. Ribbon on webbing in the length you'd like the strap to be plus 3"7cm. (I used 38"96.5cm, which gives a finished length of 35"89cm.)

Necessary Stitches

If you are new to machine sewing, you may want to practice these stitches on some scrap fabric before attempting your new camera strap.

DIY Camera Strap is Easy to Make-Necessary Stitches

Figure 1: Triple Stitch

  1. Stitch forward about an 1"2.54cm.
  2. Next, backstitch the same length.
  3. Now, stitch forward the same length.
DIY Camera Strap is Easty to Make-Z Stitch

Figure 2: Box Stitch

  1. Perform a triple stitch.
  2. Turn piece diagonally ~45 degrees and backstitch.
  3. Next, perform another triple stitch.
  4. Turn piece diagonally again ~45 degrees. Close the "box" by stitching back to your original stitches.
  1. Seal the edges

    It's easy to finish the edge of webbing by heating with a flame.

    Cut your ribbon on webbing to whatever length you'd like the strap to be, plus 3"7cm. It's important to seal the ends when you cut any type of webbing so you prevent any fraying. To do this, simply hold a flame under the end of the webbing and move it along the cut edge, front and back until you see the webbing edges melting a little.

    As soon as you remove the flame, wet your fingers and smooth the fibers down to get a nice rounded edge. You can also use pliers. Note: Be careful with the ribbon so as not to scorch it!

  2. Mark the webbing

    Mark where to fold with chalk or erasable pen, then run the webbing through the snap hook rectangle and pin to boxstitch.

    Mark with chalk 3"7cm up from each edge of the ribbon on webbing. Push it through the swivel hook and pin into place against the line you've drawn.

  3. Carol's Tip: If you want to add a shoulder strap pad, this step is where you do it! These pads provide additional non-slip safety as well as comfort if you're planning a long photo session. You can order 1" non-slip shoulder strap pads in bulk from us or just recycle one from a strap you already have.
  4. Perform a box stitch

    Secure your expensive camera by boxstitching the webbing onto the snap hook.

    Sew the edges shut. You can either do this by hand or use a sewing machine. For both, I would recommend a leather needle. (You can use a regular needle for hand sewing but you may want to use a thimble). You will need a tough machine needle as the double layer of webbing can be tough to stitch through.

    Sew a box stitch (Figure 1) configuration to make it super strong. You don't want those straps going anywhere!

  5. Assemble the strap

    Put split rings onto your camera.

    Remove the current camera strap from the equipment. Insert the split rings into the holes on your camera.

    Place the swivel hooks into the split rings.

Carol's Tip: We open a LOT of split rings and we use a split ring plier made just for that. To save your fingernails, you can also use a staple remover or a nail file to hold the split ring open. Emma suggested using a pair of small, pointed scissors which works well, too!
Pink and white accents brighten a basic black camera outfit.

And there you go! Only four steps to make something so quick and simple that looks great.

It's so easy you could make them in lots of different colors and patterns. This would be a nice addition to your online marketplace or to display at your craft fair booth.

Order Ribbon on Webbing

Country Brook Design has a great selection of ready-to-use ribbon on webbing. You can also create your own -- order webbing and stitch your own ribbon selections to it. As a reminder, D-rings, buckle, triglides etc. are sized by the webbing or straps they are meant to be used with. Make sure you double-check when you order. Remember, the Customer Service staff at Country Brook Design® is always a good resource if you have questions.

Have you made anything awesome with the ribbon on webbing or swivel hooks? We'd love to hear about it - or even see it. Any new tutorials you'd like us to cover? Let us know!

About Emma Brassfield:

Emma Brassfield lives in Hertfordshire, on the outskirts of London, England. For the past 12 years she has been creating creatures and characters for film and TV. Her credits include working on the batsuit for Batman Begins, Kurse for Thor 2, Iggle Piggle for In The Night Garden, mythical creatures for Harry Potter and The Beast for X-Men: First Class.

Emma has been a street artist since 2009, working on her own and together as a member of Knit The City under the name of The Fastener. She can also be found over at Studio 7t7 where she makes handmade toys and gifts for kids of all ages.

You can read more about her adventures and see some of her past tutorials over at Crafty Crafty and the Studio 7t7 blog.