November already! Halloween is over and the tree outside my dining room window turned bright yellow practically overnight. I feel like I’m back in business. I’ve got a list of sewing projects and a stack of books to read! First up in the sewing list is the camera strap cover tutorial I promised a week or so ago.
A note to start with: This tutorial is for a 20″ cover that goes over the body of a camera strap that is 1″ to 1 1/2″ wide. (Finished width is 2″ but you need some wiggle room for the edge stitching and sliding the strap through the cover.) If the body of your strap is longer or you just want to cover more, you’ll want to increase the length of the gray cloth strips and the number of squares you piece accordingly. If you want to make the strap wider, increase every width below by at least 1″. (So, two 2″ x 15″ strips of fabric become two 3″ x 15″ strips, etc.)
You will need:
- two 2″x20″ strips of light fusible interfacing
- two 1″ x 15 1/2″ strips of gray fabric
- one 2 1/2″ x 21″ strip of gray fabric
- six 2″ squares of various print fabrics, one each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
- two 2″ squares of a black and white print fabric
- eight 2″ squares of gray fabric
- one 5″ x 2 1/2″ piece of gray fabric
- one 2″ x 2 1/2″ piece of gray fabric
- one 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of print fabric
- a 4″ piece of elastic, 1/4″ or 1/8″ wide
Cut the triangles: Cut each 2″ square (colors, black and white, and gray) in half from corner to corner. If you’re using a rotary cutter, you can stack a few of these to make the cutting go more quickly.
Piece the triangles into squares: Match a print square to a gray square, right sides together, and sew along the long diagonal side with a scant 1/4″ seam. Press the seam towards the print and check to make sure the square is, well, square. =) Trim the points that stick out. You should now have 12 squares with rainbow prints and 4 squares with black and white prints, for a total of 16 squares. Put one black and white (b/w) square aside.
Piece the triangle strip: Take a b/w square and match it to a red square, right sides together, making sure the triangles will face the same way once sewn. Sew the squares together along one side with a scant 1/4″ seam. When you open the sewn squares back up, the b/w and red triangles should be aligned to the right. Press the seam toward the gray fabric.
Continue adding squares in this order: orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, b/w, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, ending with a final b/w square. Press the strip again.
Add the side strips: Right sides together, sew one of the 1″ wide gray strips to the triangle strip along the long side using a 1/4″ seam. Repeat on the other side with the other 1″ gray strip. Press the seams towards the gray strips.
Trim up the ends of your strips so they are flush with the end of the triangle strip.
Add the end pieces: Sew the 5″ piece of gray fabric to one end of the strip with a 1/4″ seam. Sew the 2″ piece of gray fabric to the other end. Press the seams toward the newly-added end pieces.
Add the interfacing: With an iron set on steam, place the interfacing on the wrong side of the 21″ gray strip, cover with a press cloth, and iron into place. Do the same with the pieced strip. You may need to press a bit more with the pieced strip to get the interfacing to adhere over the seams.
Attach the back: Place the solid gray strip (back) and the pieced strip (front) right sides together, aligning the edges. Sew along one long edge with a 1/4″ seam. Square the ends of the strips once they are joined.
Turn the ends of the joined front and back pieces under 1/4″, press, and stitch.
Create the pocket: Take the 3 1/2″ square of print fabric and fold three edges (bottom and sides) under 1/4″. Press. On the bottom edge, create a little reverse pleat so the length of the bottom edge of the pocket is now 2″. Tack the pleat in place.
On the top edge of the pocket, fold the hem under 1/4″ and then under again 3/8″. Slip the elastic into the hem close to the top fold and edge stitch the bottom, catching the fabric but not the elastic.
Attach the pocket: Place the pocket on the bigger of the two end pieces on the top side of the cover, about 1/2″ from the last triangle. Edge stitch down one side, catching the elastic, and across the bottom. When you get to the other side, line it up with the edge of the top strip. Pull the elastic a bit until the top of the pocket puckers. Edge stitch in place and trim off the overhanging elastic.
Finish attaching the back: Press the unstitched long edge of the top of the strap under 1/4″. Do the same to the back piece. Line up the folded edges (wrong sides together, so you are creating a tube), pin in place, and edge stitch closed. Go over the edge stitching on the pocket as you go. Turn the strap around, and stitch a matching line along the other edge.
Feed your camera strap through the cover and you’re ready to go!