When we came back to the UK last winter after our stint in Latvia, I treated myself to a fancy new camera. Since then I have been on the hunt for a nice, feminine camera bag, but it has been a thankless task. All of the camera bags available seem to be either bulky and black or, even worse, bulky and camouflaged for an intrepid hunter. Neither of these options were particularly attractive.
I had thought about making my own bag, but was a bit concerned about the sturdiness of a handmade bag. Things came to a head when we were heading off on our cruise and I rushed out to buy the least male option I could find, which was a grey backpack, not very exciting or very me, either!
Browsing through Pinterest
recently, as you do, I came across the perfect solution - handmade camera inserts for a shop-bought handbag! The tutorial I followed was from Vanilla and Lace
and was very straightforward.
The inserts are lengths of foam, which I had left over from the deskmat I had made for my son, cut to size and placed inside a fabric cover. The only other supplies needed were some Velcro strips. This fabric is called Venice, which I thought was rather appropriate :)
There are foam pads on each side of the bag, the base of the bag and each end. Then a separate pad with Velcro at each side holds the spare lens snugly, whilst another, also with Velcro at each side, keeps my camera from moving around in the bag.
The combination of Velcro strips and foam was rather lethal for my sewing machine needle, but apart from that the sewing was very straightforward.
The bag itself was a bargain buy from a local discount store.
At the moment this bag is more than big enough for my camera and a spare lens, and with an external zipped pocket on the bag, can also hold keys, phone, etc., without causing any harm to the camera or lens.
If, however, in the future I expand my collection of lenses or add a flashgun or other larger pieces of equipment to my photography arsenal, then it is a cinch to revert this bag back to handbag status, and make new inserts to fit a bigger bag.
The camera bag has already been tested on a recent photography day I attended and passed with flying colours :)
If you have tried something new this month, whether it is a photography course or sewing with Velcro, don't forget to link up from Sunday, August 25th to this month's New to Me Link Party.
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