After I told you last week that I was going to work on making a camera strap and case, I set out to do a little bit of research. I realized several things when looking at how other people have tackled camera straps: 1. Most tutorials out there are for camera strap covers, and the strap that came with my camera doesn’t have the leather pieces that make those work (and look cute), and 2. Neck straps really aren’t comfortable anyway, so why not make something that I would be able to stand wearing?
I found some hacks for cross-body straps that screw into the tripod mount, but I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having to unscrew the strap to be able to use a tripod. Then I found the alternative idea of attaching both ends of the strap to one side of the camera, and went with that idea. My version is much simpler than anything I was able to find, assuming that you sew your own strap.
So here’s what I did:
I made a strap that is 1.5″ wide, and 50″ long, in a loop, with both fusible interfacing and a layer of batting inside for stability. (If you need more direction than that, let me know. Also, if you make one, you’ll probably want to measure how long you need the strap — 50″ won’t be right for everyone.)
Then I got a 99¢ carabiner from Home Depot, and attached it to the strap and the (left-side) triangular split ring that was already on my camera.
The camera hangs down at my right hip, so it’s easy to grab, and it slides along the strap, so you don’t have to worry about the strap getting caught on clothes, or rubbing against your shoulder. Plus, it’s about a million times cuter than the original strap =)