Custom Hand-Made Camera Bag


Is that a stylish, expensive, designer clutch you have in your hand? No, it's actually a custom camera bag I made using one of my own photos. Find out how after the jump :)

Back in October when I visited Spain and had the opportunity to meet up with atria007 and elvismartinezsmith, we all had a good laugh over the “camera bag” I was using for my Lubitel. It was literally just the bubble-wrap that the camera was wrapped in from the original packaging. That is when I was finally motivated to proceed with an idea I have been toying around with for a couple of years.

I have always liked using my photos for such things as cards, postcards, signs, etc. I also really like the look of photos printed on canvas. So I combined my habit of turning my photos into practical, useable items with the technology of printing photos on canvas fabric to create a customized, personalized, DIY camera bag. And here is how:

1) First, select a photo (or several photos). For my first attempt at this I decided to stick with photos that had a certain pattern or graphic element to them.

2) Have them printed on canvas – most print shops should have an option for canvas printing. If not, I believe there are several online resources for this. Be sure to select a size large enough to create a bag that can fit your camera.

3) For this particular bag, I decided to pad it with foam (or quilting batting) to provide a layer of protection for the camera. Therefore, I needed another bit of fabric to line the bag with. So I chose a polka-dot patterned piece of cotton in a contrasting colour. I also decided to use Velcro as the fastening device.

4) Now, you will need some basic sewing supplies. I utilized a sewing machine for this project. If you are skilled at hand-sewing, that is an option, but the canvas fabric is a bit stiff and may be difficult to work with. If using a sewing machine, be sure to attach a needle that can handle heavy-duty fabric (such as denim).

5) Cut everything to the appropriate size, and begin sewing. For this bag, I decided to keep the shape simple, which would give it some versatility in case I wanted to use it as something other than a camera bag.

And…Ta-DA… a customized, personalized, DIY camera bag that looks like a designer hand-bag:

For my next project, I plan to use a zipper instead of Velcro and add handles to the bag.

written by mafiosa on 2013-05-03 in #gear #tipster #bag #hand-made #color-slides #art #color-negatives #cross-processing #tutorial #landscapes #analogue-photography #photographer #custom #tipster #accessories #analogue-cameras #diy #fashion #camera #handicraft #decoration


  1. digitaljunk
    digitaljunk ·

    Stylish package! It's always satisfying to make your own gear, even more so when it has a print of your own photo on it. Nice!

  2. segata
    segata ·

    Nice, I plan to make something similar at some point using some old jeans and a smaller case using some reclaimed leather from a pair of old boots.

  3. grazie
    grazie ·

    cool @mafiosa !!! love it!!!

  4. ohlordy
    ohlordy ·

    Cool as mafiosa! DIY or DIE !

  5. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    Interesting idea to use your photos printed on canvas. I would put some dividers in to prevent the cameras from banging into each other.

  6. kibs
    kibs ·

    You are so talented! What a great idea!! :)

  7. ropi
    ropi ·

    I did my own camera bag too!!! and gave one to @hanat9651 !!! :)

  8. hanat9651
    hanat9651 ·

    Yeah...!!! ;-) thanks @ropi !!!!!

  9. alloftheabove
    alloftheabove ·

    cool! how do I place an order? ;)

  10. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful article and project!!

  11. boredslacker
    boredslacker ·

    Great idea! Have you started on the zippered pouch yet?

  12. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Thank you @digitaljunk @segata @grazie @ohlordy @bsdunek @kibs @alloftheabove @herbert-4 and @boredslacker for your comments on this tipster !!! <3 @ohlordy your comment is too funny!!! @alloftheabove - i need to practice a bit more to perfect the technique before I start taking orders (hehe) ;)

  13. segata
    segata ·

    You could do something like I did with another hobby of mine, I took a couple of orders on the grounds I would do my best but could not promise brilliant results and they could pay what they felt it was worth, be it many pounds or a single penny, I went through with them what they wanted (these were post apoycalptic model cars, one wanted a matchbox sized car done as a vehicle that was on its last mission and the other wanted a chey impala dog van complete with mutant canine) and built what I felt was right.
    I won't give exact figures but it was a suprising sucess in both cases, doing this may well work for you too and its a very good way to get intrest aswell :)

  14. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    @castiana @coolsigg @ia_ffm @stratski @tartadefresa @paulm99 @pokocute23 @coca @vicker313 @minchi @110isnotdead @adi_totp - Thank you all for liking this tipster!! <3

  15. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    This made me think of something... when I was a child, my great grandma had a needle pointed handbag she kept her cosmetics and perfume in. The needle pointing on the side of it said "Condiments". When I asked, "Why Condiments?", she said, "That all they'll be, if that bear gets me!" She lived to be 94, but she smoked a lot. If she hadn't smoked she might be 145 years old this year.

  16. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    LOL @herbert-4 - what a great story!!

  17. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    @mikerph @liquorice @luiisaoliveira @sui_ @kuraara @nicole-jsharma @jorindee - Thank you all so much for liking this tipser :)

  18. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    @saidseni @zonderbar - Thank you for liking my tipster!! <3

  19. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Nice work! :)

  20. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    Well done.

  21. eightymillion
    eightymillion ·

    Great idea! Will definitely be making one of these. I would add the zipper though. Don't want anything to damage the goodies inside! Thanks for sharing. :)

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