$15 Camera Bag

June 24, 2009

So I’ve been looking for a camera bag to shoot with. Not the huge, carry-all,get it to the event bag (I have that one covered). I’m looking for its little brother. The small, efficient, I can climb over a guard rail with it if I have to bag. While I mostly just need something that’ll hold my lenses and such while I’m shooting, I’d like something that will also hold the camera body, for family trips and such when I don’t constantly have my camera out. I put it away sometimes, okay? I couldn’t find many bags that I really liked for this, and most of them are way too pricey for me. So I went all DIY on it, and decided to share.

The materials:

Cardboard box – for the inserts
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$15 bread bag from the Army-Navy Surplus store in Cal. This is the only thing I didn’t already have laying around the house.
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Extremely old t-shirt from Cal’s Gifted Camp in 7th grade. Don’t judge me.
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Fiber fill. If I could get my hands on some kind of dense foam, that would probably keep the whole thing a little bit more aerodynamic, but this works fairly well.
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So what to do with all of this? Well, first I measured out the cardboard for each of the inserts. I ended up making one large one to pad the bottom, and then four smaller ones to pad the already sewn-in compartment. Then I had to measure out t-shirt material to cover each of them, and sew those up on three sides.

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Why three sides? I had to stuff them with the fiber fill, then sew up the remaining side. Then I put that into the bottom of the bag, and it looks something like this:

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Having a bottom that keeps the bag from collapsing in on itself, and being padded for when I set it down, was already an improvement. The compartment on the left is the perfect size for a lens, so next I made the little inserts for that.

I had to leave space on either side, so that I’d be able to sew them together later.
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Then I ran out of thread on my bobbin, and spent 15 minutes trying desperately to remember how to put it back into the machine. You could probably skip that part.
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I sewed each little divider to the other.
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Except for the last side. I couldn’t figure out how to get them turned to sew that one, so it ended up looking like this.
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And this is the final product. It’ll hold my camera body with lens attached, plus two other lenses and my memory cards.
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2 Responses to “$15 Camera Bag”

  1. Tracy said

    so crafty!! 🙂

  2. ellie rice said

    I am so proud of my little sew-er now how bout you finish the quilt you started LOL

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