DIY Ideas: Customized Camera Straps

Camera straps with an extra design edge are a must-have accessory for many photographers today. When's the last time you saw a photographer shooting with the strap their camera came with? These custom straps can be spendy, but you can easily add simple elements to an inexpensive strap to give it a new look.

I recently fell in love with Bloom Theory's chic straps that feature lace and sequins. However, I'd much rather spend $130 on a used lens than a strap. Their straps were the perfect example of something I could upgrade myself.

I started with a cheap $10 strap from eBay. A durable cotton or canvas material is the perfect base for adding almost anything. Then, I bought some sequin ribbon at my local craft store and simply sewed them on.

Don't want something quite this girly? That original $10 strap can easily be adapted in other ways. Here are some alternatives:

  1. Use a basic cross stitch pattern to needlepoint your name or initials on your strap. Or if you're feeling saucy, you can check out some of the hilarious patterns over at Subversive Cross stitch.


  2. Pin it button

  3. Paint it. Think up a simple pattern and mark it off with tape. Use fabric paint in a variety of colors and voila - a custom design for less. There some great examples of simple patterns at DesignLoveFest.
  4. Add some flair. When most people hear "flair" they think of bad restaurant badges. However, here's a way to take a tacky idea and make it modern. While traveling, pick up buttons and iron-on patches at your various destinations. When you get home, you can make your strap a wearable passport of your favorite cities.

(Images: Elizabeth Giorgi and DesignLoveFest)

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