I am popping in this fine Saturday to share with you this very fun project that I came up with for a challenge I was asked to take part in. The fine folks over at Earth911 challenged me a month back to come up with an upcycled camera strap. Myself and 7 other fabulous bloggers had to create a camera strap from found/thrifted/already had materials. It was a blast! And I was the winner of the challenge!! Now I get to share with you how I made this fun/funky camera strap ….on the cheap! upcycled camera strap @cleverlyinspired (5)cv The materials I used were all things I had on hand…so hopefully you won’t have to look too far to make your own camera strap.


  • Button down shirt (I used my hubs old jean shirt)
  • scrap fabric or other shirts
  • Heatbond iron on tape
  • Leather roping (about 8 inches, 4 on each side. measure first to see where you want the camera to be on you)
  • 2 lobster hooks
  • 2 jump rings
  • Pinking shears
  • sewing machine

upcycled camera strap @cleverlyinspired (2)Steps:

1. Start by cutting the button down shirt at the seam where the shirt buttons line up. The strap should measure about 13 inches from the collar to end of the strap. You may want to measure on yourself to see where you want your camera to lay. Keep in mind the leather cording will add about 3 inches also. Pinking shears will work best for this. Cut all along the seam and back around the neck..leaving the collar intact.

2. Iron the collar piece flat.

3. Cut up squares of a coordinating fabric (I had about 30) (or use scrap from another shirt). My pieces were 1.5’” by 1” and I spaced them about 1/2 “ apart.

upcycled camera strap @cleverlyinspired (7) 4.  Loop lobster clasp onto leather roping. Inside the seam on the bottom of the strap….insert your ends of the leather roping. Measure the piece of roping so that when the camera attaches to the end…it will be at a comfortable spot. About 3-4 inches of roping is good. Sew with a machine to attach leather roping to collar piece. 5. Place your heatbond tape on the flat “button hole” side of the strap and iron on the tape. Peel back the paper and place the fabric squares. Repeat on the other side of the strap after removing buttons. upcycled camera strap @cleverlyinspired (8) 5. Iron all the fabric squares onto the strap. Attach jump rings to the camera body. Attach lobster clasp to the rings. upcycled camera strap @cleverlyinspired (4) Thanks for all the fine folks who voted! I am so excited to have participated! upcycled camera strap @cleverlyinspired (1)

Have a great weekend!!
Where I share ideas:

BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendid, IHeartNaptime, ByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFT. MadinCrafts. HomeStoriesAtoZ, NotJustAHousewife

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

You may also like...


  1. […] at Cleverly Inspired, Tracie accepted a challenge to create a camera strap using materials that she already had on hand. […]

  2. […] were still in great condition….they were just a bit over sized for him. I made a few into my fancy camera strap…and my daughter wanted to use the another shirt to make a skirt. It turned out really cute so we […]

Comments are closed.