When I first purchased my Nikon camera it came with a strap; the same one everyone gets when they buy a Nikon camera. It’s not a terrible strap, discount viagra pharm it’s just not that pretty. My husband owns an old Canon film camera (the one in the photos above) and he had a nice looking vintage strap on it. So naturally, I took it off of his camera and put it on mine. But, it just didn’t work well – it was kind of bulky and it was hard to attach to my camera. Then, I decided I should make my own strap! I am not a big sewer and, honestly, I don’t really enjoying sewing. Maybe that will change, but for now I decided to make my strap without any sewing needed. Here’s what to do, if you too want a nice looking strap for your camera!
Supplies needed: thick strap (found at most fabric stores), fabric detailing, fabric glue, two swivel clasps, and two simple buckles
**Note – I originally used these old overall buckles (shown in the photo above), but I found they were too bulky and not the style I wanted. I just had them laying around, which is why I was going to use them. Then after glueing it all together, I changed my mind…typical. So I went out and bought new hardware, pulled it all apart and then re-glued it back together. You can see the new hardware in the photos above and below.
First, slide your buckles onto the strap as high up as you need them to be, so that when you hang the strap around your neck, the camera will be at the right level for you.
Then, apply glue to the part of the strap that you will be folding over to secure the buckle.
Depending on the thickness of your strap, you may need to clamp it down when the glue is drying. So use whatever you have, like a bobby pin, and keep it on for as long as possible to make sure the glue is totally set.
While the folded part of your strap is drying, add details to your strap, if that’s in your plans. I decided to add a few strips of old fabric I had used on another project (found here). Simply add your fabric glue and glue it wherever you’d like.
I placed a bobby pin to ‘measure’ where I wanted the strips of fabric to be so that they were equally placed.
Once everything is glued into place allow the glue to set overnight – just in case. Then strap it to your camera and you are good to go!
As you can see, I added new buckles and clasps to my strap and am so happy I changed it up! The gold looks really fresh with the straps’ colours and it’s more my style. But if you have something laying around – like overall buckles (doesn’t everyone?) then use what you have!
I love the brown leather peeking out on the back of the strap and the details of the colourful strips of fabric make it interesting.
There you have it folks. Easy, quick, and a nice way to make your camera a bit more colourful and stylish. It would look great with a simple brown strap as well. So many options. Fabric glue is strong and sturdy, so it should last you a long time once you put it all together and allow it to set for the recommended time (always follow the directions on the bottle!).
I hope this inspires you to go out and gather some materials to make yourself a strap to go along with your trusty camera. If you are anything like Jo and I, you have your camera with you a lot – so you may as well spruce it up!