The good news is you can do a no-sew version with a hot glue gun if you don't have access to a sewing machine. I can't vouch for how sturdy it is but I can imagine it would work just as good.
What you need:
Scarf = Owned
Leather Remnants = About $6 (I got them from Joann's but I think Hobby Lobby might have better prices)
Swivel Clasps = $2 (with 40% off coupon)
12 mm Split Rings = $1.50 (with 40% off)
Thread = Owned
If I hadn't bought a bunch of the wrong sized d-rings and hooks, this would have cost me less than $10. Not bad compared to $80!
First, measure your clasps and draw the shape you want your leather on paper. Since my leather was black, I traced the shape with chalk and then cut them out. From end to end, each piece was 4 3/4" long and almost 2" wide.
I found it easiest to sew the bottom and secure the clasp before fighting with the scarf. You can see I screwed up a bit on one of them, my sewing machine pedal has a life of its own...
Sew an X in the middle of the square to hold the scarf better and make it look more professional.
Hook your straps onto your camera and you're done! My clasps didn't fit on the camera hooks, so I added some split rings and it feels really sturdy. I may try to find black split rings but that's just because I'm a perfectionist!
Things I was not expecting going into the sewing portion of this project:
- I don't suggest putting a pin in the leather unless you really need help holding everything in place because it might leave a mark.
- Leather doesn't move very easily in the sewing machine, so you might end up stitching quite a few times in the same place before you realize you need to help the leather along.
- No matter how hard you try to keep the leather in place while stitching, you will probably have to trim some of the edges because it moves around. Unless you're awesome and this doesn't happen to you!
Sewing the leather was a little tricky but if I can do this with my