*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I received product and a gift card to purchase items used in this post. All opinions are my own.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores and Waverly fabric are celebrating National Sewing Month. It’s also Waverly’s 90th anniversary. To help celebrate, Jo-Ann and Waverly sent me two yards of beautiful fabric to make something special with for their Waverly challenge. I already had a challenge I wanted to complete in mind, a DIY Camera Bag!
I have been dreaming of having my own stylish, designer, DSLR Camera Bag. I have searched high and low for the perfect bag, and without finding any I really just had to have, (or could stand to spend $100’s of dollars for), I decided it was time to make my own. So today I am going to show you my step by step, easy peasy tutorial, on how to make your very own Designer DSLR Camera Bag from a purse.
Before we get started, I wanted to mention the Jo-Ann and Waverly contest that is going on. This month, help celebrate Waverly’s 90th anniversary and get your creative juices flowing. During September 1 – 22, Jo-Ann and Waverly are hosting a Waverize It! Facebook contest that is open to all consumers. Create your own unique project and link it up to the facebook contest at http://bit.ly/waverize_it and if chosen as the grand prize winner, you could win $1000 in Waverly fabric and a $250 Jo-Ann gift card! How about that to get those creative juices flowing? Now let’s get back to turning that purse into a padded and designer camera bag.
First let’s get together all of the supplies we are going to need for this tutorial:
- purse (large enough for padding and camera)
- 1 inch thick foam
- Waverly Fabric (so we can #Waverize this bag!)
- Sewing Supplies
The first thing I needed to do was measure my bag and decide how big I wanted to make my insert. After measuring my bucket bag, I came up with the measurements to be 13 1/2″ x 18″. This will allow enough room for the insert to be placed into the bag and be a few inches short of the zipper so it will be easy to close once the camera and equipment are added to it. Anything larger and I would probably not be able to zip it all up!
I cut my new Waverly fabric and then got the sewing machine all set. I added about an inch to each side of the sqaure needed so I would be able to add the 1″ insert once finished. I cut my material on the fold so I would only have three sides to sew, and then I did a zig zag stitch, right sides together on three sides. See diagram below:
Once you have this part completed, turn your fabric casing so the right sides are facing out. You should now have what basically looks like a pillow case. Poke your corners out so they are not folded in, and insert your foam piece. Once you have your foam piece inserted, tighten the fabric and push the foam slightly in and pin. Then add a straight stitch along the bottom of the opening. See diagram below:
Once you have this completed, your insert should look something along the lines of this:
Now fold your insert together and place inside of your bag. Starting to look like a camera bag!
Now it’s time to make the divider to go into the camera bag. I needed my divider insert to be 4″ x 13 1/2″. So I measures and cut my foam piece and added an inch to each side of the rectangle and began to sew. I created the divider insert the same way I created the main insert. See diagram below:
Once you have created the divider insert, you should have something that looks like this.
Once you have this portion finished, you are now all set and finished completing you new Designer Camera Bag!
All that’s left is adding your precious camera equipment and you are ready to go!
Zip it all up, and no one knows if it’s a cool purse – or a DIY project you just finished!
This project took me about 1 hour to complete. I hope you give this a try, or find something creative to make and enter the Waverize It! Facebook contest thru Jo-Ann and Waverly! Hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to make your own DIY Camera Bag.
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