Tutorial: Camera Strap Cover (Part 1)

by Sam

in Tutorials

Are you one of those people who cringe at the sight of a regular old camera strap?  You know the ones, they are black (boring) and very plain.  Not stylish or pretty at all.  I don’t know about you, but I bring my camera with me everywhere I go, so I want it to be cute!

I created this pattern to solve the problem of ugly, boring camera straps.  Customize your fabric as well as a cute tag to add to your strap to customize it even more.  Today we’ll be going over the instructions for the custom tag.  Tomorrow we’ll finish up the strap.  So gather your materials to get started and then check back tomorrow for more.


Sewing Machine
Iron and Ironing Board
Cutting Mat and Ruler
Rotary Cutter
Ink Jet Printer
Removable Tape


Printable Fabric
About 1/4 Yard Patterned Fabric (I used Free Spirit Garden Party Brown)
About 1/4 Yard Fusible Interfacing
Matching Thread
PDF Download


First, for the custom tag, download this PDF to choose which tag design you would like to use.

I used the first one that says “I love photos.”   Print the PDF onto a sheet of regular computer paper.

Cut off a piece of the printable fabric from the roll.  You need enough fabric to cover the image on the printed sheet completely, with a border.  I cut about 3″ off the roll.

Next, tape the fabric directly over the image on the sheet of paper you printed.  Feed the paper back through your printer and print the same page from the PDF again.

The image will print directly over the image on the paper and onto the fabric.  Remove the fabric from the paper.  I used this method to use less of the printable fabric.  You should also cut off an 11″ piece (the roll is 8.5″ wide) and feed that through your printer.  This will print all the designs in the PDF on one sheet.

Cut down your tag to 2.5″ high and 2.5″ wide.  Be sure to center your image before you trim.

Next, peel off the paper back of the fabric and iron the tag.

Iron the top and bottom edges down to hide the edges and sew straight across on the top and bottom using white thread.  Be sure to leave enough of a seam allowance when ironing so that you don’t have to sew through the printed design.  My finished tag is 2.5″ wide and 1.5″ high.

Now that your tag is prepared, set it aside and check back tomorrow for instructions and the pattern to complete the strap cover.

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