and random update, if you want to know Trevor's thoughts on this project, go HERE.
I saw the amazing camera strap series over at Sewing In No Man's Land and was inspired - I've made camera strap covers, but it never even crossed my mind to make the whole strap (NOT a cover) - I LOVED that idea! Here's the ones Kelly made:
So, head over there for the tutorial. It's really not hard!
For mine, I bought 1/8 yard of the vinyl - I really wanted turquoise like her but my store didn't have it - they did have lemon yellow and hot pink, but I wasn't sold on those, so I went with boring black. So I bought black straping, but I love her white as well. For the strap part I bought home decor fabric because I figure it was thicker and would hold up better. In the trims section, I found this awesome gauzy flower trim stuff that I knew I had to have.
The flower trim was a little wide, so I made my strap wider to accommodate the trim. For the vinyl end pieces, I just traced my old camera strap. They were a smaller width than my new strap, so I angled the strap down at the end to fit - like so:
I sewed the strap together with several rows of top stitching for interest. There's only one layer of batting in the middle - so it's soft but not out-of-control puffy. If there's one thing I've learned from craft bloggers (namely AGAAGG), it's that I can use my glue gun for anything! I was afraid that if I sewed the trim on, the stitching would show and look bad. So I just hot glued it on - it's holding great and you can't even tell:
I am IN LOVE with my new strap!!! My favorite part is how un-bulky it is, but still retaining it's cuteness.
So, ever made a camera strap?? Not a cover, but an actual strap?? Give it a try!!