Hi, I’m Liz and I’m addicted to my cameras.
Over the years, I’ve acquired quite the collection of cameras. Vintage cameras, 90s cameras, new model Canons. I’ve even been known to save a disposable camera that has a case design that I find charming.
Here’s the thing: I hate camera straps. The whole wearing the camera over my neck always seems uncomfortable and essentially turns your chest into a camera shelf. However, I love wristlets. So, the camera wristlet was born.
It’s super easy and cheap to make. Here’s the step-by-step:
1. Get 1/8 a yard of fabric. Cut the fabric to 4 inches wide by 12 inches long. Cut a piece of medium weight fusible to 2 inches wide by 12 inches long. (Pro tip: if you don’t have enough fusible, you can use scrap pieces and fuse two pieces together.)
2. Iron the fusible to the center of the fabric. Fold in the sides and iron. Fold the entire strap in half and iron again, so you have an singular, folded up strap that’s 1 inches wide by 12 inches long. Pin the long side.
3. Sew the edge. Do not back-stitch, because you’ll need the raw edges for the next step.
4. Turn one raw edge inward on each side to create a triangular (or 45 degree angle) edge. Put your swivel hook on through the edge. Then, put the other raw edge INTO your triangular edge. Stitch the triangular side.
5. Pull the swivel hook up to your seam. Pull it tight into the hoop and stitch in place.
6. Attach to your camera. I bought a small triangular jump ring at the craft store, which I attached to the cameras hooks where the strap would normally go. This just gives you a little bit looser attachment, so you can get more movement.
1/8 yard fabric
1/8 yard medium fusible
One swivel hook
One small jump ring (not required)
Total cost: I used leftover materials, but if you had to buy everything new, you could do it for as little as $3 to $5. A small swivel hook costs about $1.50, a single jump ring is .50, and 1/8 yard of fusible shouldn’t be more than $1. Spend as much as you want on the fabric!