Up-Cycled Sweater Camera Strap Cover

Make a comfy cozy camera strap cover easily with an old sweater!  This upcycled sweater camera strap cover is a fun no-sew project that will not only make your neck happy but make it look cure too!  Camera Strap made from an old sweater sleeve

I am always up for a good challenge, so when Steph from Crafting in the Rain extended the opportunity to participate in her series “Make a Splash” I was totally game.  The concept is that she will give us a secret supply item, and we have to make something that includes that item.  I love it!

I loved it even more when she said that our first secret supply item was SWEATERS!  Ever since I made that cute coffee cozy from a sweater sleeve, I have been itching to up-cycle a sweater again!

This time, I found a great cable knit sweater at a local thrift store.  I decided that my horribly ugly and even more horribly uncomfortable camera strap needed a makeover!  I am beyond excited with the result!

Here is how I made it!

Items Needed for Sweater Sleeve Camera Strap Cover:

  • Sweater
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Measuring Tape
  • Straight Edge (yard stick or fabric ruler)

I started out by  measuring my camera strap and then measuring the sweater to make sure it would fit.  Good thing with sweaters is that they stretch fairly easily!  Luckily mine was long enough (I picked up a size Medium and it worked great!)

I cut out one of the “cables” of the sweater that boasted a pretty pattern.  One of the edges of the sweater was the hem along the bottom so I left that as is. The opposite edge I simply folded over and hot glued creating a finished hem to the appropriate length of my camera strap.


I also cut a scrap piece of fabric the same size as my camera strap.    I laid the sweater right side down on my counter, and then topped it with the scrap piece of fabric.  Since I cut the fabric the size of my camera strap I used this as my guide to fold the edges of the sweater over the scrap fabric and glued with hot glue forming a nice straight seam.Users for Old Sweaters

Next I slipped my camera strap through the new cover! The longest part of this project was getting my camera strap BACK ON MY CAMERA! Seriously! I kept getting it twisted! Sheesh!

What will make your camera strap cozy?  Why a soft cozy sweater of course!!!  I just love it!  I am thinking of adding a few rosettes or even a little pocket for my lens cap out of some more of the sweater!

Camera Strap Cover made from an old sweater sleeve

I think I will make one in multiple colors!  I love how comfortable (and cute) it is now!

(The pictures are kind of funny because I had to take half of them with my cell phone!  It’s hard to photograph your camera! )


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21 Responses
  • Mary
    January 30, 2012

    I love this, it’s so cute!!

  • Lauren
    January 30, 2012

    Super cute! I just signed up for the challenge too. I can’t wait to see what item I get to work with!

    I’d love for you to share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-week-24.html

  • Jackie Philips
    January 31, 2012

    Haha that’s great! (Hope the sweater wasn’t too expensive though) great idea – Just going to sign up now.

  • Alison
    January 31, 2012

    Oh my word! I LOVE this. It seems only appropriate that a camera strap would need to get “winterized” too with something cozy like a sweater strap! Gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  • Sarah
    January 31, 2012

    Great idea! I have a naked camera strap dying for a coverup! Come share this great idea at my new link party! http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/01/dwell-on-fridays-two.html

    Would love to see you there!

  • Theresa
    February 1, 2012

    Wow! I love this idea:) And you blog. I am your newest follower:)

  • Wendys Hat
    February 1, 2012

    Really cute!

  • jessica
    February 1, 2012

    That is soo cute! And Cozy!

  • Mrs. Delightful
    February 2, 2012

    Creative idea! The strap looks really comfortable.

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  • Shelby
    February 2, 2012

    What a great idea!! I’ve been itching for a new cover and have more fun sweaters than I know what to do with. Now I know my next project!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Monica
    February 2, 2012

    Terrific idea! I never use my camera strap because it’s so uncomfortable. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for sweaters next time I go thrifting!

  • [email protected] much time
    February 3, 2012

    Awesome! I have old sweaters and my darn camera strap is a BUGGER! I would love it if you stopped by to share this at my linky party going on right now:)

  • jen @ tatertots and jello
    February 4, 2012

    I love your camera strap cover! I featured it on my TT&J FB page :)


  • Laura
    February 4, 2012

    Good job. Love the sweater!

  • Brilliant idea! I saw that Tatertots and Jello shared this idea on FB…. I am off to do the same! This is so simple and super cute! Thank you.. I am also a new follower! -Jen

  • Kristen
    February 7, 2012

    Cute idea! Saw you featured at It’s Overflowing. I’m getting a DSLR this week!! Maybe I’ll find time to make a new strap cover for it ;)

  • Alison
    February 7, 2012

    So cute! I featured this on my blog today!!

  • kathleen
    February 11, 2012

    Fantastic! I think I will be making this soon, thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Erin @ How to Nest for Less
    February 15, 2012

    I just got a new camera for Christmas and need a strap badly! Uh, now I know what my next project is!!! Thank you so much for sharing at my first ever linky party :)

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