A quick and easy diy camera bag tutorial. This quick sewing project shares with you step by step how to create your own 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.
How to Make a 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 square 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 the 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 pillowcase. 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 the diagram below:
Easy DIY Camera Bag Inserts
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 to insert to be 4″ x 13 1/2″. So I measure 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 the 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 enjoyed this project and are inspired to make your own DIY Camera Bag.
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