You know I love my Nikon.
I don’t, however, love my standard Nikon camera strap.
It does the job just fine but it doesn’t appeal to my fashion sense at all.
So I decided to make my own.
Keep in mind, I know my way around a sewing machine, but I am by no means an expert (yet). I made this up as I went along.
I had some fabric left over from a skirt I made recently.
I took some measurements and cut my fabric accordingly.
I also cut out some pieces for a couple flowers, found a couple complimentary ribbons, and some buttons.
I started by ironing all the pieces.
This, for me, is an essential step.
I kept the right-side on the inside.
I sewed a simple straight stitch down the open side.
This made a long inside-out tube.
I fastened a safety pin to one end.
Then I pushed the fabric up and over the safety pin.
I really looked like a tube then.
I flattened it out with the seam going down the middle and ironed it again.
I repeated all that for the other thin strip.
The next step was to start the neck strap.
Because I wanted it to be a little thicker than just the fabric, I sewed the white strip into it as well.
I sewed a straight stitch to attach the white strip to the right side of the the thick strip.
Then I folded it into itself and sewed a strong, yet decorative stitch along the side.
It’s so pretty.
I lined up and pinned the ribbon along the other side.
I then sewed another strong, yet decorative stitch to set it all.
I took the small pieces of fabric and sewed them on two sides with a straight stitch, leaving one side open.
I flipped it right side out and tucked in the raw edge about a 1/4”.
I slipped it onto the unfinished end of the strap like a pillowcase.
I sewed another straight stitch right across the open end.
I layered the flower pieces on top of each other and attached a pretty button to the center.
I put both flowers on one side, cause I like it that way.
I added a button to the back of the dark fabric so that I could fold the thin strap around and attach it.
I think it looks so cute.
So much better than the generic strap.
The fabric that I used was little thin, so the next one will have a stronger core.
I was thinking I’d use some nylon or at least a thicker fabric.
This one, for now is for when I’m hanging with friends and/or family and rarely wear the strap.