Tutorial: How to Make an Upcycled Camera Strap

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Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired

Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired

Tracie Stoll, author of Cleverly Inspired, garnered the most votes in June’s Craft a Camera Strap Reuse Design Challenge. Her cool update to a traditionally boring (but necessary!) camera accessory dazzled our staff and our readers. In Tracie’s own words, here’s a full tutorial so you can make your own:

Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired

Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired

The materials I used were all things I had on hand, so hopefully you won’t have to look too far to make your own camera strap.

Supplies:

  • Button-down shirt (I used my hub’s old jean shirt!)
  • Scrap fabric or other shirts
  • Heatbond iron-on tape
  • Leather roping (about 8 inches, 4 on each side. Measure first to see where you want the camera to be on you)
  • 2 lobster hooks
  • 2 jump rings
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing machine