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Camera Strap Update

new release week

It’s New Release Week here on the May Arts Ribbon Blog!   And that means all week long we are inspiring you to create with our awesome new ribbons. That also means you have two chances to win some of your own!    Our first giveaway is our Spring Release Giveaway, showing you all our upcoming releases.   And for another chance to win, you just have to comment on any post this week! 

Now, without further delay, here is another healthy dose of ribbony inspiration with Royal Ribbonista Jen Shears:


It is so fun when we get to see peeks of the new ribbons- but when we actually get them in our hot little hands… GASP!! I’ve used the new Vintage Printed Burlap & Burlap with a Lace Edge to give my camera strap an update!

Camera Strap Update

I had made a fabric cover for my strap years ago- here you can see why I needed to update!

Camera Strap Update

I started by measuring the 2 ribbons about 1” longer than I wanted them to be on my strap, pinning a hem on each end & pinning the Burlap lace edge in place on top of the Vintage Printed Burlap.

Camera Strap Update

I machine stitched the Lace edge in place with a matching thread, and then sewed the hem with a bright pink. A little extra stitching was used for reinforcement.

Camera Strap Update

I wanted the unfinished edge to show, and I didn’t want to sew the lace part down, so I pinned the lace up on both sides to give myself room to machine stitch next to it.

Camera Strap Update

Camera Strap Update

I came up with a little trick to thread the strap through! I used purple burlap string (the first spool I grabbed!) to secure it to a dowel & easily threaded it! So much easier than when I did it last time pushing it through with a wooden spoon!!

Camera Strap Update

I’m absolutely thrilled with the result!

Camera Strap Update

It was so fun to update my strap with such beautiful new ribbons!!! I hope you’ve been inspired! 🙂

By Jen Shears


 Don’t Forget!  There are 2 chances to win some new releases this week: here and on our sneak peek!


Other Supplies Used

  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread


Products Referenced in This Post

  1. Miriam Prantner

    What a pretty transformation!

  2. Laura Strack

    Love the Shabby Chic look!!! It’s a darling camera strap. Thanks for sharing!

  3. ~amy~

    WOW! This is magnificent Jen!

  4. Tonya

    Love the vintage look of this! Great idea!

  5. Emily H

    This is fabulous! One day I will have a fancy camera so I can make fancy straps for it.

  6. Ange

    That’s pretty. The texture is really cool.

  7. stamping sue

    what an original idea for a camera strap.
    stamping sue

  8. jean marmo

    This is wonderful! LOVE the colors!

  9. barbara macaskill

    LOVE this idea and will be doing this for my camera bag and camera straps!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. Donna Sue

    So pretty & unique!

  11. Carla Hundley

    Nice updated looking
    strap cover. Thanks
    for the instructions.
    Carla from Utah

  12. Denise Bryant

    Pretty strap! I love the burlap with lace edge! Such a beautiful mix of textures!

  13. Rebecca Ednie

    These are both my new favourites. How awesome to combine them into one fab project!

  14. Kathleen Spaeth

    Wow Jen! What a wicked pretty strap!! Thank you for the detailed Tutorial. This is definitely going on my Sewing Wish List. Bravo!

  15. Mary Mac

    My best friend is a bird watcher and this would be perfect for her binoculars.

  16. Marilyn H

    Wonderful camera strap.

  17. Nancy Peterson

    Beautiful! Just simply beautiful! And I so want one!!!

  18. Julie A. Shearer

    Beautifully done! TFS.

  19. ava gavloski

    well done, great showcasing of the ribbon

  20. Lucy E.

    Great project and tutorial!

  21. TracyM #6773

    This is the loveliest camera strap I have ever seen – LOVE IT!!!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful inspiration and tutorial Jen 🙂

  22. Amy C.

    What a pretty strap!

  23. Jo W

    very very pretty! I love the burlap ribbon, it is on my wish list!

  24. marylouh

    My camera isn’t that old but it would feel so elegant with a new strap. Beautiful idea.

  25. Sue D

    Very pretty–love this new burlap ribbon.

  26. erin

    Love this, Jen, will you make one for me too?

  27. Lea Kimmel

    This is such a beautiful project! Those ribbons are just to die for! I love anything vintage looking or inspired and have sure made me drool! I just love that little lace edged burlap ribbon! There’s so much I could do with that!

  28. Cynthia B.

    Such a pretty strap! One of a kind and personal too. 🙂

  29. Darlene Gabriel

    Such a pretty camera strap. thank you for sharing how you did it. I love this vintage printed burlap.

  30. Mandie Wade

    I love this idea!!! And that ribbon is gorgeous!!!

  31. Heather Thompson

    very cool, I love the idea!!!!

  32. Patrice Tenorio

    Neat idea & it adds a personal touch (pretty too) to something that is used on a regular basis. Why not pretty it up? ;). Love the idea!


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