How I made my own camera bag

March 26, 2012 | By | Comments (6)

Recently, because I had so much “spare” time on my hands (forgive me while I take a moment to recover from the giggling fit) I decided to take up a new hobby – photography.

I’ve always loved taking pictures, but last November I got serious and made the leap from a point-and-shoot to a digital SLR (specifically, a Nikon D40 my husband bought me for my birthday). And here’s what I figured out almost immediately – to really get to know my new camera, I have to take a lot of pictures. And to do that, I have to have my camera with me.

Like many woman photographers before me, I soon found myself on a quest to find the “perfect” camera bag. Something I could carry with me everyday, that didn’t look like a camera bag, and could fit other essentials such as my car keys, wallet and other assorted odds and ends.

And there plenty of options to choose from, with some of my favorites being the pink Stella from Epiphanie ($164.99), the B-Hobo in mustard ($169) from Kelly Moore and the Floral Peacock from Ketti ($195).  (There are many  more cool bags, and blogs covering the many options which can be found with a Google search for “women slr camera bags“).

But here’s the thing – One of my few fashion-related indulgences is that I like to change up my pocketbook regularly (which is why I buy them, on sale, at Target).  But if I spend close to $200 for a camera bag, that’s what I’m going to end up carrying for the foreseeable future as I’m not going to be able to buy another one for a couple of years.

So, I switched my web surfing efforts from finding the perfect camera bag, to figuring out how to create my own camera bag. Or more specifically, my own camera bag insert.

Happily, I’m not the first to come up with the idea, and I was able to find a wealth of examples from creative gals like Abi from Vanilla and Lace and Jen from Jane and Steve dot com.

For my camera bag, I bought a Merona Warm Canvas Stripe Satchel ($24.99), with the fabric and foam setting me back an additional $6. With a couple of hours and a roll of Steam-a-Seam from my curtain project (heaven forbid I try to sew!) I had my new camera bag insert.

There is no question that Abi and Jen did a better job of creating their inserts, so I’m not going to even try giving you instructions. But I thought I’d share the end result:

The finished insert, ready to put in the bag.

The insert, in the bag, ready to go:

My camera and small zoom lens fit perfectly! A small insert keeps them separated.

All done! With the pocketbook zipped you can’t tell there is a camera inside.

Are you a photographer (amateur or otherwise)? How do you carry your camera?