So you might have seen a while back ago how I painted all over my DSLR camera with Sharpies, right? Well I’ve always wanted to make a scarf camera strap and I decided that after fancying up a camera like that I couldn’t just leave it with the factory stramp, amIright? In the end it’s a lovely thing and it gained quite a bit of attention on the beach last week.
But I’m hardly chatty today so let’s just get on with it, shall we?
For this project you will need:
- Embroidery thread & needle
- Large decorative jump rings (in jewelry findings section)
- Small split rings (in jewelry findings section)
I got a set of scarves on clearance for $3 at Walmart. Now my memory didn’t quite serve me as well as I thought it had when choosing colors to go with my camera but in the end perfectly matchy matchy doesn’t matter with all of this craziness going on!
You’ll need large, pretty jump rings and smaller split jump rings to make this work OR peruse the findings and you’ll see any number of rings, clips and toggles that you can get to work out just as well.
The split jump rings look JUST like a keychain ring in case you’re not sure what you’re looking for there…
If using an infinity scarf, as I am, make a cut to make one, long piece.
Loop through your large, pretty jump ring and stitch shut.
I’m using embroidery floss because I have tons of it but you can use anything you choose, really.
Stitch all along the edge of the jump ring to make the seam nice and secure.
Because I had a bunch of fabric left I pulled it up and loosely stitched it to the bulk of the scar to keep it in place. Fraycheck on the ends ensures that it won’t unravel. If you have a crazy pattern as I do this little patch up job won’t be noticeable, but if you have a solid color or a pattern that won’t play as nicely you can easily fold the scarf to make a clean hem and glue or stitch down.
To give my seam a bit more strength I finished by wrapping embroidery floss tightly around scarf above the jump ring. This can also help to to hide any wonky looking stitches.
Place the split jump ring on the camera’s strap attachment area (I have no idea what in the world to call this) and then run the large jump ring through the split to connect the strap to the camera.
Now I had the hardest flippin’ time with this so I used needle-nose pliers to get my jump ring open and to keep it open long enough to get that big jump ring in there. Do what you’ve gotta do!
And now this camera has a strap that perfectly matches the camera. Oh, did I mention that my dad is soon going to take possession of this bad boy? Think he’ll love it? Or maybe he’ll give it to my sister :)
Either way this is not your every day camera strap now is it?
And it’s still sort of guy friendly :) Maybe Daddy will love it afterall!