Since making our DIY Bow Pillow, Gwyneth and I have been looking for more projects to sharpen our sewing skills and get our DIY fix. Gwyneth reminded me that we’d added one of these camera straps from SFK Accessories to our wishlist a while back, and that we had some leftover leather from the DIY Anthropologie Chair we reupholstered back when we lived in NYC. We weren’t sure if our new sewing machine could take on leather, but a quick test proved our Singer 1512 Promise was up to the task. (Pretty impressive for a $90 machine, don’t you think?)
A few hours later, our second favorite home electronic got a mini makeover when we finished our DIY leather and chain link camera strap!
Want to make one of these for yourself? Here’s what you need:
For your strap:
- A piece of strong chain, the same length as your original camera strap
- Four 1″ pieces of leather cording
- A piece of leather, 1.5″ wide and the same length as your original camera strap
- Two strong jump rings
If you want to add a removable tassel (Don’t be silly – of course you do!)
- Two feet of leather cording
- 1 lobster clasp
- 1 3″ piece of thin grosgrain ribbon
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, measure your chain against the original camera strap, so you know how much should cover with leather and how much of the ends you should embellish with your leather cording. Mark the distance from the ends with a piece of tape.
Then weave one piece of leather cording from the end to your tape marker. Repeat on the other side of your chain with another piece of cording.
Repeat on the other end of chain.
Then cut a piece of leather that’s 1.5″ wide and the same length as your currently-exposed chain.
Wrap the leather around the exposed chain and run the strap through your sewing machine, as close to the edges as possible.
Use your jump rings to attach the last link on each end of your chain to the strap rings on your camera.
For those of you who share our more is more philosophy, then take your extra cording and follow the instructions from this oldie-but-goodie project to make a mini removable tassel that you can clip to one of the links in your chain.
That’s it! Pretty practical if we do say so ourselves!
mk & Gwyneth