Make and Do: Camera Strap from a Laura Ashley Scarf

We're pleased to kick off a new collaboration with DIY/lifestyle blogger Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built. Brittany is a product and interior designer and paper flower maker who shows how to create an artful life on her blog. She'll be contributing to the Laura Ashley blog once a month over the next six months showing how to make beautiful DIYs and providing interior design advice. First up, a clever take on one of our classic prints.

I love taking an object, like a scarf, and making it useful in another way, like a camera strap. In honour of the reintroduction of a classic Laura Ashley floral, I decided to do just that. This scarf is the perfect accessory for any photographer, from amateur to professional, especially if you need something cozy at your neck - it's SO soft!

Split rings
Chain closure
Sewing machine OR needle and thread
Scrap of leather

Step 1: Draw your shape on the leather with a pen making sure the smallest point at the fold fits through the split ring. You'll be folding it over, so mirror one side to the other and trace it.

Step 2: Cut the leather on the folded line.

Step 3: Repeat to create two of these leather pieces.

Step 4: Connect the chain closure to the split ring.


Step 5: Slide the ring to the middle section of the leather.    

Step 6:
Fold the end of the scarf in an accordion fold, small enough so that it fits into the leather.

Step 7:
Stick the leather to the scarf in place.

Step 8:
With your sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the leather (as indicated in the picture)
Make sure you have a special needle that works for leather. Otherwise, hand stitch it.



This make & do combines two of my favourite things: a lovely ditsy floral and taking pictures. Have fun!

Concept and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

15 comments (Add your own)

1. kim wrote:
I love this DIY camera strap. I been on the hunt for something like this. Thank you for a great idea!

Mon, June 24, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

2. Rana Thomas wrote:
I have loved Laura Ashley prints since my early teens. Celebrating 60 years of beautiful prints and style is awesome. I think a lovely camera strap is just delightful!! Lets take some pictures!!

Mon, June 24, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

3. Kimmy wrote:
This is lovely. Thank you for sharing!

Wed, June 26, 2013 @ 5:47 PM

4. gemma wrote:
this is lovely, I might try it out myself. :)

Thu, June 27, 2013 @ 11:53 AM

5. Chelsea wrote:
That is so cute and simple. I love it.

Thu, June 27, 2013 @ 12:47 PM

6. T wrote:
very cute idea but I think I would invest in sturdier clasp, I would hate for you to drop and break your DSLR!

Fri, June 28, 2013 @ 2:42 AM

7. Micky wrote:
Boyfriend sent me this link via Pinterest and now I love him that extra bit more!

I have a photography project to do this weekend, but THIS will be happening first.

Fri, June 28, 2013 @ 6:30 AM

8. Evi wrote:
J'adore la photographie et ce style est vraiment mignon, bohème!! LOVE!

Mon, July 15, 2013 @ 5:37 AM

9. Celia Dias wrote:
Loved. For a person like me who loooooves photography as much as sewing. Is a great finding! Thanks so much for sharing!

Thu, August 8, 2013 @ 11:22 PM

10. Dinorah Jiménez wrote:
¡Qué bonito y práctico! Está precioso! Me gustaría intentar hacerlo para mi cámara.

Sat, August 17, 2013 @ 7:41 PM

11. Briana Sealy wrote:
Just made it!!! Awesome idea, just in case you can't find the lobster claws big enough to work, lanyard hooks work great!

Fri, September 6, 2013 @ 4:23 PM

12. Tonia Stacey wrote:
I was looking to buy one,now,I can make it instead.

Sat, January 11, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

13. Moa Håkansdotter wrote:
Really cool and lovely! I have to try this! :D
Maybe even do it for the camera-bag.

Thu, February 6, 2014 @ 5:34 AM

14. wrote:
Totally making one. I have a friend that loves scarves and cameras

Mon, February 17, 2014 @ 2:50 PM

15. Debi White wrote:
Just made this for a colleague. Under 20 mins.
Excellent instructions.

Wed, March 12, 2014 @ 5:23 PM

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