I-DIY: The Stylish Camera Strap, Solved

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We could easily waste entire days on Pinterest browsing the endless stream of inspiring DIYs. But the reality is there are just too many projects and too little time. That's where designlovefest comes in. The charmingly curated blog started by Bri Emery captures everything we love about a fun, at-home project: color, quirk, and usability. Basically, we want to make each and every one. So, each week we'll be sharing the blog's easy instructions for projects that are both adorable and useful. Trust — you'll feel like a crafting goddess in no time!

What You'll Need:
• 2 yds cotton webbing (we used 1 1/2 inch natural cotton)
• Masking tape
• Acrylic craft paint
• 2 swivel hooks (found in the jewelry or with purse handle section of most craft stores)
• Fabric glue
• Needle and thread
• Metallic leather or vinyl (optional)

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Measure out the desired length of your strap and add 2 inches. On a work surface, use tape to create a geometric design, taking care to make sure tape is fully adhered to the webbing. We used the rounded side of a bone folder to smooth the edges on the tape to be sure our paint line was crisp.

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Now the fun part, apply paint to webbing. Be sure paint is dry before attempting to remove tape. Watching paint dry is a skill that takes practice.

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Now that your strap is looking amazing, slide the ends through the swivel hook giving yourself about an inch of strapping on the reverse side and glue. Be sure to give the hook a little bit of space to move when gluing.

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Because you’re hanging your beloved camera around your neck, add a few stitches to the glued area for good measure!

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**Small side note, if you have a rather heavy DSLR you may want to choose a wider strapping than what you can fit through the hardware of the swivel hook. To accommodate this we used a piece of metallic leather to create an adapter that we then glued and sewed to the end of the painted strap. Now you’re ready to take your made-up camera to the streets and show her off.

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Designlovefest is a multiple contributor design, fashion, and lifestyle blog headed by Bri Emery. It's a place where type and images totally make out.

DIY by: Natalie Shriver
Photos: Courtesy of designlovefest