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.