Wool Camera Wrap

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You’ll need some tools:
  • sewing machine
  • scissors or rotary knife
  • pencil
  • paper
You’ll need a few materials:
  • heavy wool fabric
  • strap material — leather or canvas

One thing I’m typically seen lugging around is a camera. Most camera bags are overkill, especially when you just want a bit of protection walking around, or you’re packing a camera in another bag for a short trip. I picked up a nice looking, heavy wool remnant from the Pendleton outlet last weekend, so I figured I could try my hand at a simple camera wrap. Now I’ve got just the right amount of walk-around camera protection without the “tourist look.”

Making a structured camera with soft fabric is kinda crazy unless you use a stiff liner, so I was aiming for more of a protective wrap. This way, you can relax about making things exact and just enjoy sewing what is essentially a pocket with a flap. You have options for an enclosure; just make sure it doesn’t involve any metal that would mar your camera. I went with a simple strap closure that ties into itself.

1. Start with the pencil and paper and loosely trace the dimensions of your camera. If it’s small and square, easy! If it’s got an external lens, you’ll have more facets to your pattern. I traced the bottom of mine for the lens profile and used that pattern for the bottom and top but added extra for the flap. I traced the back for height and then just measured what a front panel would be and cut a long rectangle to fit.

2. Add about 1/4″ to your traced pieces to compensate for sewing the panels together and to add some wiggle room for you camera. Cut your paper template pieces out and then use them to cut your fabric panels. *Note: If your lens is off-centered, be sure to flip your bottom template over to cut the top panel of fabric.

3. After the fabric was cut, I carefully sewed all pieces together inside out. Sew any raw edges over to prevent fraying. Remember to leave openings for your strap, too. Once all panels are sewn together to your liking, turn the pocket outside in and test with your camera. Since I was using some loosely drawn templates, I did have to tighten the fit with another line of stitching on one edge.

4. For a closure, I’d envisioned using a piece of leather to wrap around the camera and tie into itself. Measure a strap piece long enough to wrap around your camera a couple times and tie to itself. Since I didn’t flip my pattern for the top and bottom flaps (see the *note above), I had a bulge in my bottom panel. Rather than re-sewing another wrap, I found this to be the perfect attachment point for the strap. You could sew your strap on the back, or just find a messed up piece on your design like I did and rivet it in place. If you do use a rivet or another hardware attachment, make sure the rivet cannot touch your camera. Since my rivet uses the outer fabric goof, I was safe.

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40 Responses to “Wool Camera Wrap”

  1. Anabela says:

    Wow, Matt, another amazing project!

  2. So simple and so beautiful! Must add to my list of projects :)

  3. I LOVE that the strap just wraps it closed. #1 plan. Now to commission my roommate seamstress

  4. i totally love this! where do you buy the leather strap? and, what is the button thing called (the one you used to hammer the two pieces of leather together)?

    • MMP says:

      If you don’t have leather handy, I’d try ordering a stap from Tandy Leather. Or, maybe scout some Goodwills for a thin belt? As for the button thing, that’s a #12 copper rivet. If you want an easier rivet to use, look up ‘double cap rivet’ on Tandy’s site. Sometimes called a ‘speed rivet’. Good luck!

  5. Logan says:

    This is great. As always.

  6. jason says:

    one question i have is, does the wool build up any static electricity that will affect the camera?

    otherwise, it’s a really nice case.

  7. Kris says:

    What is the story on the nifty little black cutters?

  8. Patrick Ng says:

    Man that’s cool, and I’m wondering if I can adapt the method to an all-leather wrap for my Canon F1n. Thanks for sharing, do check out my stationery blog, I know you’ll like it.

  9. Sonnet says:

    if I saw those for sale on etsy I would probably buy one, just sayin’ :)

  10. Lindsay says:

    This is fantastic!

  11. This is absolutly fabulous! I was looking for something like this for a while! Love´d it! Congrats for the inspiration!

  12. Jan says:

    I must make one of these!
    My previous camera was small enough to fit in my jeans pocket when I wasn’t shooting with it. My new Canon PowerShot won’t. And I have an old woven light weight rug that would be perfect for this project. My camera has a wrist lanyard, so I’ll add a shoulder strap to the camera wrap so I can keep it at hand when I’m not carrying it in my purse.
    I’m a big thrift/garage sale/flea market shopper and I’ve been picking up leather belts for no specific reason. Now I know why. I’m sure I can find one to repurpose into this wrap.
    Thanks so much! I’m glad I found your blog. I got here via my Craft Magazine feed.
    Jan

  13. carolina says:

    Beautiful! So happy to have discovered your blog.
    What kind of camera is that little lovely? My digital slr was just stolen and I’m looking to replace it with a film camera, and that looks so nice.

    • MMP says:

      Sorry to hear your camera was stolen. Not cool. That one is a digital too… it’s an Olympus E-P1.

      • carolina says:

        Thank you. It’s such an awful feeling to have one of your most important tools stolen. I appreciate your response. -Carolina

        • carolina says:

          Oh and I meant to add, that someday I’d love to see a post on your vintage camera collection. I’m sure it’s beautiful.

  14. deborah says:

    r u ever planning on selling these? i have a dslr that needs a pretty little wrap like this and i’m not very crafty!

  15. liz says:

    So cool! Everything you make is amazing. I made a jacket with the same Pendelton wool (using the opposite side) and just got so excited when I saw this post. Very excited to follow your projects!

    http://lizthayer.blogspot.com/2011/09/pendelton-wool-x-leather-jacket.html

  16. DBL says:

    Lovely project, thanks so much for posting this! Just looking online to get some leather strips! Just out of curiousity, I was wondering what width you used for the strap?

    Thanks!

  17. Lizzy Lizano says:

    I am in love with this case! Awesome! Can not wait to try my hand at it for my new camera.
    :) Lizzy
    http://www.lizzylizano.etsy.com
    http://www.fb.me.lizzylizanojewelry

  18. Justin says:

    Like everything else you’ve made this looks amazing! Great idea

  19. Brandon says:

    Saw this via craft.com on Pulse app for Android and I finally made one for my girlfriend last night! Here’s pictures of mine..slightly different, but same idea. http://imgur.com/a/wRTE6#0

  20. Lilli says:

    I’ve been looking for a fabric like this ever since i saw your project on designsponge… Where the heck did you find it? Would love to make a handbag in the same style!

  21. Lisa says:

    I am SOOOO going to make this! It is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. Janel says:

    The camera wrap looks amazing! I’m going to try to out sometime :) I was also wondering what kind of camera you placed into the wrap? I’ve been looking into vintage cameras and I’m dying to know what type of camera you have :)