I searched for months for a decent looking DSLR camera bag. I was looking for a bag that didn’t look like a camera bag, but rather a purse. That way I could just carry one bag. Carrying two bags at the same time (a purse and a camera bag) is really awkward. I’ve been asked about it before in public…awkward.
I finished making this bag a couple months ago, but somehow put off writing this blog post! Since I’m still up in the air, I figured it would be the perfect time to show you how I’ve been carrying around my camera.
I found a few gorgeous camera bags online that I repeatedly gawked at over and over again. There was only one problem, they were $160-$200.
Sure, I could afford one (barely), but I knew there was a cheaper way to make one myself. You know, a way that wouldn’t cost more than two months worth of groceries. Inspiration came from this post.
I bought materials from the craft store and a purse from Marshalls. I wanted a purse that was wide and had a couple pockets so I would be able to fit a lens or two along with my point and shoot camera, my cell phone, my wallet, etc.
I also got 1 yard of fabric, sew-on velcro, 1 yard of quilt fluff, and a 1″ thick piece of foam.
Our sewing machine has been broken for over a decade, so I actually hand sewed the inserts for my bag. All I have to say is…
It’s doable, but if you have a sewing machine by all means, USE IT!
I lined the sides and bottom of the bag using the green foam and the quilt filling. I covered the inserts with the fabric, like a sealed up pillowcase.
I also made divider pads with velcro ears that I can rearrange based on what’s inside my bag.
For the most part, I put my camera in the middle section. I use one side for an extra lens and the other side for my wallet and cell phone.
The bag took me awhile to make only because I had to sew it by hand…and I could only stand to do that for ~30 min. a day. Had I used a sewing machine, this project would have been completed in a couple hours.
Now I can carry my camera in something stylish and protective. No more camera stuffed inside my t-shirt bag, stuffed inside my purse along with 50 billion random things.
All for less than $40.
Tell me: Have you made any crafts lately? If you own a DSLR, what do you carry it in?