Monday, August 5, 2013

DIY vintage ribbon camera strap

I know, I know..."But you just did a camera strap DIY!" I can hear it now. Last month I made a camera strap from a Laura Ashley scarf and it was a hit. I gave the strap to Maurine as a thank you and so I needed one of my own. I have a little thing for ribbon and most of my vintage ribbon is just sitting rolled up on my shelves. I have NO idea what to do with beautiful ribbon. Seriously. Anyone? AND THEN, like lightening, I strap! It's the perfect size, it will get seen and used, and it adds so much to a black hunk of plastic. I bought a few yards of this beautiful ribbon from the Brooklyn Flea when I was there for the Today Show in May, and I'm so glad I found something to do with it.
Supplies: 2 split metal rings, 2 large dog leashes (on clearance at Joann right now), thread, scissors, vintage ribbon (I got mine at the Brooklyn Flea from Etsy seller Gifted Putterer. She has AMAZING stuff), 1 1/2" cotton webbing, sewing machine

Step 1: Decide how long you want your strap to be and cut the ribbon that length. Cut the cotton webbing about 6" longer than the ribbon.
Step 2: Fold the edge of the ribbon over about 1/4" inch. 
Step 3: Place the ribbon on top of the cotton webbing about 2" from the end.
Step 4: With your machine, stitch down the side of the ribbon. Make sure you have a needle strong enough to go through all the layers. I got a needle that works for leather just in case.
Step 5: Insert your dog leash at the end of the cotton webbing and stitch across the end. 
Step 6: Stitch many times over. I even stitched across into the end to really make sure.
Step 7: Repeat at the other side. The cotton webbing will overlap on the back about 2-3".
Step 8: The dog leashes were too large to enter through the space of my camera holder attachments so I added in the metal split rings.

Easy, right? And seriously, I'm stoked for my new camera strap. I'm even more stoked that I found a good use for my beautiful ribbon. Now, what do I do with the rest of the yardage? I think I have like 6 yards! Help! 


Brittni said...

That ribbon is perfect for a camera strap! Good thinking Brittany. I love it.

Chaunté Vaughn said...

you did it! you found a use for it! I knew you would:)

The House That Lars Built said...

right?! it took awhile, but I really like it! I just don't know what to do with the rest of it now...

Lisa said...

I love this! The ribbon is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Love it! I never seem to find amazing vintage materials like this, great find!

Christine Dalsass said...

Hi! You actually purchased that ribbon at my booth at the Brooklyn Flea. What a fantastic project! If you would like to see more patterns my website is

Also, just to let you know, the ribbon is actually not vintage. They are designed on vintage textiles, which allows for the pristine condition for the ribbon and larger quantities that can be ordered.

Best Christine,
The Gifted Putterer

Caren said...

Thank you for the idea! This ribbon is perfect!

albina N muro said...

have NO idea what to do with beautiful ribbon. Seriously. Anyone? AND THEN, like lightening, I strap! It's the perfect size, Camera Store