How to Make a Custom Camera Bag

Custom Camera Bag

I am not a photographer, but I have always loved pictures. I can’t get enough of them. I think documenting our lives is so important.  It is a great way to look back on the good times, and share them with future generations.  Last year I was a very lucky girl and got a new DSLR camera. For those of you who don’t speak camera…it is one of those fancy big ones with all the interchangeable lenses. :) I swear I still don’t know half of the things that it is capable of, but I am learning.

I love to take my camera with me everywhere, but I don’t want to break it or get it dirty.  It was expensive, and I can’t afford to replace it …or it’s fancy lenses.  I looked online at camera bags.  I don’t like the plain black ones, I wanted a pretty one.  I found some that looked like purses, but the insides were designed to hold camera equipment.  The price tag was in the $100+ Range. OUCH! Yep, I don’t like spending that kind of money.  I decided to get crafty and make my own.

If you have been following the blog for awhile the extent of my sewing is straight lines. I can do a curve or two every once in a while, but I am the most comfortable sewing straight lines.  This sewing project was much easier than I anticipated.  If you are a novice seamstress like me, I am pretty sure you can handle it!


I found this bag on clearance at Target for under $10 (Was $30) PERFECT! Ignore all the stuff on the table behind the bag…this is real life people. ~giggle~

I then followed the directions I found at Make It and Love It. I thought about posting my step by step, but I am sure she did a much better job documenting it than I did.

camera bag 2

My camera bag insert fit perfectly into the purse.  I love that fabric…don’t you?! I couldn’t have asked for it to turn out better.  I love that if I change my style or the bag wears out, I can just pull out the insert I made and put it in a similar bag.


You can see that there are Velcro strips on the inside to hold the dividers in place.  They are easily removable so that I can fit several lenses in there or just my camera with one lens.  I can customize it for what I need that day.

I may even get super ambitious and make a custom camera strap cover with the left over fabric.

In total I spent around $25-$30 on everything to make this bag.  That is including the purse! I really love having a nice new home for my camera gear that I am proud to carry with me wherever I go.


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