3.23.2011

Sew a Ruffle Camera Strap Cover- Tutorial

I'm sure there are probably a lot of camera strap tutorials out there.  If you need to make a complete strap (rather than a cover) there is a great ruffled strap tutorial here.  A quick Google search brings up lot's of options.  But since I didn't use a tutorial, I thought I would share what worked for me to get this.....
Great for spring and so easy I will have a new strap cover for every season (or mood)!

What you need-
  • Base fabric, I used 100% cotton Dimensions- three inches longer than the woven portion of your strap by 2x the width plus 1inch (I really hope that makes sense, if it doesn't let me know and I will re-word)
  • Knit fabric strips, one slightly wider than the other, two times the length of your base fabric.  I used an old t-shirt for this fabric, use what you have lying around.
  • Fusible interfacing (slightly smaller than your base fabric) 
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
Iron your interfacing onto your base fabric.  Then fold your base fabric in half, long ways, right sides together and press to find the center point.
Knowing where the middle is will help you place your ruffle.  Lay the thinner strip of knit on top of the wider piece.  With a long stitch length, run a line down the center of these strips.  Do Not lock your stitches, this thread will be removed in a bit, it's just temporary.  Gather the fabric by pulling one of these threads.
Pin your ruffle down the center of the front half of the base fabric (remember to account for your seam allowance down the one side).   Flatten out the last two inches of the ruffle and pin, this section will get folded over.
Sew your ruffle on with a line right next to your temporary thread.  Once it's attached, remove the temporary gathering thread. 

Fold each end over 1.5 inches and run two lines of stitching to secure.
Fold the whole ting in half length wise again.  Sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  I went a step further (after this picture was taken) and surged my edge also, you can run a zig zag stitch if you don't have a surger.
Turn it right side out and your ready to wear it!
Enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. What a great looking warm weather strap! Makes a girl feel all spring like!

    DI

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  2. i have been wanting to do one for so long...so you have re-inspired me! :) thanks!

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  3. Thanks so much... I can't wait to try my own!

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  4. ooooooh, I LOVE this! I am totally using this tutorial SOON! :)

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  5. Just came across your blog and absolutely loving it!! Great blog with such creative DIY's! :o)

    -Samantha

    http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

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  6. What a Great Idea! Love how it turned out!

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  7. You make this look so easy. I might just make one. My husband still calls our camera ours so he might balk at the idea, but I'll give it a shot. :) At least this camera strap isn't permanent right?

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