DIY Camera Bag

Now that I have this fantastic camera, I needed an equally fantastic camera bag. Well, I looked around a little and if I wanted one that was pretty, I would have to mortgage my house :)

You know I would find a way to make one for myself. Because it’s a holiday here today (Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canucks), there were no stores open, so I could only use what I had around the house.

Another consideration was that I wanted something that could also be used as a bag on it’s own, just in case I was able to find a nice camera bag for cheap :)

This is what I came up with.


I started with two fabrics that I used to recover my chairs. I needed some foam, but didn’t have any handy. I searched around in the garage after exhausting my craft room, and there I found an old life jacket! Use what you have.


There are a few tutorials on making the insert for a camera bag, so I won’t go over it again. The one that I found most helpful can be found at Blue . Lace . House .

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The bag itself is reversible. I found an excellent tutorial to make it at Little Girl Pearl, adjusting the dimensions to my needs.

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I’ve come to realize that sewing Velcro is the pits; I’d rather chew nails.

A sweet camera bag that cost me absolutely nothing. You can’t beat free (unless I were to get a fabulous bag for Christmas, hint hint)


No one will ever know that it’s a camera bag, therefore making it less likely to be stolen, I hope :)

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  1. Well aren't you clever ripping apart that life jacket! Great bag! And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

  2. Your creativity knows no bounds! That is one beautiful bag! I see an etsy shop in your future!!!

  3. that is absolutely beautiful and I mean that.
    I love the fabric and the ruffle. It is perfect for your new camera :)

  4. OMG, that is gorgeous and so beautifully done! You are full of spectacular ideas, I would have just bought something cheap and boring.

  5. This turned out awesome!! I love the ruffles on the outside! That's awesome that you used a life jacket for the inserts!

  6. So chic. The lifejacket upcycle is totally awesome!

  7. Such a gorgeous bag!! It might get stolen just because of the bag regardless if there is anything of value inside! Love the ruffle. Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Spark. Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Jenn :)

  8. Love it Mel! You should make another one and, ya know, send it my way! wink! lol! Super cute, thanks for sharing, the life jacket thing was super clever! Have a great day!

  9. Life jacket? This is really such a cool idea! The possibility of missing camera is quite low I agree...but I'll take the bag!

  10. I NEED a bag like this. You did a wonderful job!! New follower coming over from Everything Under the Moon. Stop by and give us a visit some time :)


  11. WOW! Fantastic idea AND job!! You never cease to amaze with your skills!!

  12. That is such a cute looking bag Mel! Have a happy Monday.

  13. That is such a cute and clever idea -- love that it's reversible! I, too, have looked at those beautiful "Jo Totes" (I think that's what they are called), but I'm not gonna pay that price! Can't wait to see what other things you have been so clever about -- I'm your newest follower, & also following on Pinterest. Come visit and follow back if you like what you see!
    :) CAS

  14. REALLY impressive!!! Great job!

  15. AWESOME! i finish my own tote using the same tutorial, but surely yours is GREAT!


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