Made it: Camera Straps DIY

AAaaaand, then there was that day I went crazy and made 2 camera straps for myself.

Oh yes. One day I just decided that I could make my own camera strap! I’m slowly learning how to sew (really… I still don’t know how to thread a sewing machine…). One thing I do have down: stitching in a straight line. No problem. I got that. And, that’s exactly how I made these straps.


– Seat belt strap (can be found at most fabric stores): 1.5 yards

– Ribbon, lace, or whatever pretty fabric/material you’d like to decorate your camera strap with.

– 2 D-rings (make sure they are the right size for your seatbelt material).

– 2 swivel clasps (found at most craft/sewing stores in the bead or purse handle section).

– Sewing machine + pins+ scissors + thread

ย Directions:

1. Cut your seatbelt and decorative trim to your desired length. I just measured this next to how long my camera strap already is, plus adding 5 inches.

2. Optional: this step all depends on what kind of seatbelt material you have. I bought the nylon material (they also have cotton, in which case you would skip this step). Carefully burn the edges of your seatbelt to seal in the thread (prevents fraying). **Be careful!**

3. Pin your decorative trim onto the seatbelt material. Then, sew two straight lines. One on each edge of the seatbelt material (see arrows in photo above).

4. Slip one D-ring/clasp combo onto the end of the strap. Pull through about 2 inches and fold over.ย Sew two lines onto that 2 inches of folded strap (see arrows in photo above). And, repeat on the other side. You want to make sure your lovely camera stays attached!!! If you’d like… maybe add an “x” stitch for some extra hold.

5. Snap your clasps onto your camera… and go! You are ready to snap away and look snazzy: all at the same time.


Hey, if you make a camera strap: let me know! I love seeing other crafter’s projects. Share a link in the comments below to your blog post. <3

– Chelsey

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  • andiperullo on said:

    I don't know how to sow. ๐Ÿ™

  • Laura on said:

    Nicely done! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Elena on said:

    These are so great; you did a fantastic job! That ruffle one is just so pretty!

  • Amber on said:

    Wow…great tutorial and love the lace camera strap. I had seen some that had sequins or tulle that I liked and was going to buy…might try it myself now!

  • Maryam on said:

    I really need to do this…I made my self a camera strap cover a looooong time ago but I kind of hate it now, ha! Time for a change!

  • Renata on said:

    really nice, i prefered the black one. but the idea is great. today i'm getting a new lomo and perhaps i'll try to do this either! i really enjoy your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I love the black one too. But, I wear a lot of white and thought I should make a white strap. And, thanks!

  • kat on said:

    This is so pretty! I love the idea of making my own fun camera strap. This is so going my to do list.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      It's nice… cause, now I can match them with my outfits. Lace for nights… the other for daytime. Ha!

  • Shannon on said:

    Those are both adorable! I don't own a sewing machine and wouldn't know what to do with it if I did! But seeing all you crafty ladies definitely gotten be interested in buying one!! Great job, lady ๐Ÿ™‚

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