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How to Make a Custom Camera Bag

Get creative and turn a basic handbag into something amazing! Learn How to make a custom camera bag with a little bit of sewing.
Get creative and turn a basic handbag into something amazing! Learn How to make a custom camera bag with a little bit of sewing.

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!

Get creative and turn a basic handbag into something amazing! Learn How to make your own custom camera bag.

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.

Get creative and turn a basic handbag into something amazing! Learn How to make your own custom camera bag.

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.

Get creative and turn a basic handbag into something amazing! Learn How to make your own custom camera 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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