How to Make a Tassel Camera Strap

Personalize your camera with a cotton strap embellished with metallic leather and craft paint.
Handmade Leather Camera Strap

Handmade Leather Camera Strap

Photo by: Chelsea Costa

Chelsea Costa

By: Chelsea Costa

Materials Needed:

  • 1 yard cotton webbing
  • craft paint
  • paint brushes
  • painter's tape
  • 2 swivel hooks
  • leather
  • scissors
  • strong glue
  • sewing machine
  • needle and thread

Paint the Strap

Use painter's tape to mask off a design on the strap (image 1), and fill in the blank areas with craft paint (image 2). Remove the tape while the paint is still slightly wet for the cleanest lines, and allow the strap to dry thoroughly.

Cut the Leather

Cut 1x3-inch and 1x1/4-inch strips of leather.

Cut Leather Strip

Cut Leather Strip

Photo by: Chelsea Costa

Chelsea Costa

Make the Tassels

Fold the tiny strip in half, and glue the ends together (image 1). Fringe one long end of the larger leather piece (image 2). Spread a thin layer of glue along the unfringed edge of the large piece, and place the loop at one end (image 3). Begin to roll the fringed leather around the loop tightly, rolling until it is complete. Be sure the end is securely glued (image 4). Repeat steps to make multiple tassels.

Add Swivel Clips

Once the paint on the webbing is dry, cut two additional 1x3-inch pieces of leather (image 1). Layer one piece of leather on one end of the strap, and thread through a swivel hook. Use a sewing machine to sew a straight stitch, tracing the edges of the leather (image 2). Repeat on the other end of the strap.

Attach Tassels

Decide where you'd like your tassels, and hand sew them to the strap by inserting the needle through the back of the strap, through the tassel loop and back through the strap again (image 1). Repeat 3-4 times per tassel to ensure they are secure. Attach the swivel clips to the loops on your camera (images 2 and 3).

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