I mentioned earlier this week that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect camera bag for my recently acquired Sony Nex-5 and today I’m back with the perfect custom solution that you can make out of any bag!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bag or purse large enough to hold your camera and needed accessories
- Fabric of choice
- Coordinating thread
- Craft glue
- Sewing machine
- Iron & ironing board
Let’s start with the bag, my bag just happens to be a vintage camera bag that I acquired from my photo-loving Grandad. (Thus the title of this post.) Like most bags, it didn’t have quite enough padding so the first step is adding enough cushion to protect your camera.
Start by measuring the length and width of the bottom and both sides of your bag. Mine was 3″ wide by 26″ long. I added 1″ to the width and 6″ to the length (3 per side) and cut the needed dimensions from my fabric. With right sides together, pin your sleeve with the pins running perpendicular to the long edge.
Next, stitch along the long edge. . . .
You then want to cut strips of batting to stuff into your sleeve. The thinnest batting I could find was 1″ and I wanted something a little thinner so I tore the batting in half to make 2 1/2″ layers.
Next it’s time to cut strips of the batting. Since my sleeve was 3″ wide I cut strips that were 2 3/4″ so they would fit snuggly inside.
Double stitch your finished edge and attached a piece of velcro. It doesn’t matter which side of the velcro you attach to the sleeve, I chose the ‘hook’ side.
Now it’s time to fit your sleeve to your bag and make measurements for the second unfinished edge.
As you can see, I had to trim several inches off of my sleeve. Trim your fabric and batting to fit making sure to cut the batting about 1″ shorter than your fabric so you’ll have enough fabric to turn under. Repeat the finished edge process on this end, double stitching the fold and attaching the velcro.
Attach the other end of the sleeve and you’re done!