DIY :: Scarf Camera Strap

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today I've got what might be one of my favorite DIY projects ever! This project is especially for those of you with DSLR cameras who hate the uncomfortable stock camera strap like I do. I've been wanting a Bloom Theory scarf camera strap for so long, but at $80 I can't really rationalize it. So, here's the next best thing!


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...

Measure how long you want the scarf based on the length of your original camera strap and cut the scarf. Fold the ends like an accordion (I pinned it until I was ready for the next step).

Place the scarf into the leather and stitch a square, starting next to the first row of stitches. (Does that wording make any sense?!)


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 crappy beginner sewing skills, y'all can do it too! Anyone up for the challenge?!

23 comments:

  1. Great job! This is amazing... You should sell them!

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  2. I agree, you definitely should sell these! They are so cute and I would have never thought of doing this! Love it!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. I've been dying for one of these but couldn't justify the price! Love this DIY!!

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  4. AH LOVE LOVE this DIY!! i need to have my mom make me one asap (shes the one with the sewing machine). xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  5. that is amazing!!! I am so super impressed. yeah I think you need to sell those too!

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  6. LOVE THIS!! One problem, I don't have a sewing machine and I failed sewing in home-ec... So, you should totally make these and sell them, I'll be your first customer :)

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  7. what a fabulous idea! seems simple lol. i dont have a fancy camera though, womp womp.

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  8. This is genius! I don't have a big camera, but now I wish I had one even more. :)

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  9. I love this! You make it look so easy too! I might just have to give it a try ... and soon! I really don't like the camera strap that came with the camera, this would be so much cuter and probably a lot more comfortable around your neck too. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  10. I absolutely LOVE this DIY! I'm tagging this for my next DIY. Can't tell you how excited I am to do it! Yours is beautiful!

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  11. OMG This looks incredible!!! You should honestly sell this on etsy!! I would buy it :) Awesome work.

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  12. Every DIY post you do makes me want to know so bad how to sew!! You could totally open your own Etsy shop with these!!

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  13. This is amazing!!!! Seriously - you need to sell these on Etsy!!

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  14. This is incredible! I definitely am going to be doing this, my camera strap is so ugly!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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  15. This is so cute!! I agree Lisa (above) you could totally sell these on Etsy!! If I could sew, I would totally make one for my mom :)

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  16. Awesome DIY project, thanks for sharing!!!!

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  17. You need to go into business!! It looks awesome!

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  18. This is genius! I have been carrying my dslr around Puerto Rico the last couple of days and its horrible (neck rash)! I absolutely have to make this when I get home to Australia! I never would have thought of this! I second the etsy idea :) Lucy xxx

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  19. So like how much would you charge for those on etsy because that is so stinkin cute love it!!!!

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  20. This is amazing - I'm so impressed! Love love love and your pictures are fabulous!

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  21. I'm so impressed with your sewing skills! I've had my eye on a strap cover on Etsy, but these scarf ones are super cute too!

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  22. This is wonderful!!! Thanks for an affordable option to the Bloom Theory ones! I will have to try this out as soon as I get my grandmother's sewing machine in a few weeks! Beautiful scarf selection!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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