This is a super easy & simple camera strap cover. Very little sewing required. Anyone will basic sewing skills can do this one easy peezy. All you need is some fusible interfacing, fabric & a good iron. Seriously, that’s it.
This is probably the trickiest part of the whole process, determining the necessary width of the slipcover. First, measure the width of your strap. Be sure that you measure at the widest point (usually the leather tabs) even if you don’t intend for the slipcover to actually cover that point. The completed slipcover must be able to slide over that point or all your work will be for naught. The strap in my tutorial measures 1.5″ inches wide, so my slipcover is going to be 2″ inches wide. This allows room for the thickness of the strap & for the top stitching on either side (you’ll see that later). I like the slipcover to be a tight fit to prevent slipping once in place, but you can always go wider (this will make it easier to slide on).
VERY IMPORTANT – Cut the fabric piece 4x times the width of your finished camera strap slipcover. So for my 2″ wide slipcover, the fabric is cut to 8″ inches wide. You want the cut length to be a few inches longer than your finished length. The area I want to cover is 23″ L, so my fabric is cut to around 26″ inches in length. This doesn’t have to be exact. But it’s better to go longer vs shorter. You can always cut it down to length, but you can’t add that fabric back on.
Cut the fusible interfacing piece to the actual width & length of the area to be covered. For the sample, that would be 23″ L x 1.5″ W. This may have to be adjusted slightly later on.
Once everything is cut you’re ready to start the first bit of ironing…fold over about a half inch, iron & then another half inch & iron again. After completing one end, measure from the end you just ironed to about an inch past the length of the desired finished length. So for my 23″ L slipcover, I’m going to measure out to 24″ & then cut off any excess. Repeat the fold & iron steps from above. Adjust your folds slightly, if necessary, to give you the proper length. Both ends should look like the image below & the length of your piece should now be the finished length. This one now measures 23″ total.
Now fold the piece in half down the long side. Iron. This needs to be a clean, crisp line. Be sure to line up the ends.
Unfold the long piece & then fold one side in towards the middle stopping at the center line. Iron. Repeat on the other side. It’s important to keep the ends matched up as you go along or your final product will not line up properly in the end.
Now you finally do a little sewing…stitch through all layers close to the edge & then stitch again about a 1/2″ in. Once again be sure you keep all your ends lined up neatly. This stitching will keep everything in place. You can always pin before stitching if you are worried about the fabric shifting.
Now it’s time to insert the interfacing inside the strap. It can go on either side, just be sure it lays nice and smooth. Trim the length as necessary. Now fold the strap down the center line. Flip the strap, if necessary, so that the fusible side of your interfacing is face up. Iron it in place.
The last step in assembly is to top stitch the slipcover closed & then repeat on the other side. You may want to pin along the length to keep everything in place as you stitch it closed. Be sure to match up your ends…have I stressed that enough !
That’s it. Your camera strap slipcover is complete.
Now it’s time to insert your camera strap. Work the strap through using the leather tabs as a lead or whatever works best for you.
And, that’s it your done!