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DIY Camera Bag

February 9, 2011

So the other day Whit emailed me this (because she knew i wanted one of these )and i was so excited i exclaimed “I’m making one this weekend umm maybe mom will help me!!” so i went and got all the stuff and went over to mom’s seeing how she has the sewing machine and  there was no way i was going to stitch it by hand…  I guess it’s safe to say i watched my mom do all the work and and i would do whatever she needed me to… I did take pictures along the way so you could get and idea for how it all came together.

Items you need

  • Purse
  • 1” Thick foam
  • Fabric
  • Velcro Strips
  • Quilt Batting
  • Someone that knows what they are doing haha


I actually had bought another purse that i decided i didn’t like so much and i remembered that Marshall’s had this one so i went back and got it. I liked the fact that it had pockets on the front also more storage!!!


You will need to pull the lining out of the purse and measure the width and height, we found that we needed to have cut the fabric a little bit smaller when we were putting the padded lining into the purse.

DSCN0105  Cut a piece of foam that is the length of the bottom of your purse and place it in the purse.

DSC_5637 Then take your fabric that you measured and cut and the quilt batting you are going to want to cut another piece of fabric (we used scrap fabric for this )the same size and put the quilt batting between the 2 pieces of fabric. Mom took seams down the length of the fabric so it wouldn’t be so puffy.


Meanwhile i was ironing some pockets we made to stitch into the purse.


then i didn’t take any pictures of the next step whoops! But what we Mom was doing was sewing the 2 pieces together. I really am not sure how she did this she had cut it to short so she had to make a piece to go into the bottom, then we took the Velcro and ironed it onto the fabric, we also realized we should have done this before we stitched the batting to the fabric because we ended up melting the batting…. so we had to stitch another piece to the outside. but once that was complete we put it into the purse.

DSC_5649 These are the foam dividers, we measured the width of my camera and cut them that size (6”), then we ironed velcro strips to these.

DSCN0110 Then mom whipped stitched the padded lining to the lining that was already in the purse. I really didn’t do very much besides cutting items she told me to and ironing oh and melting the before mentioned batting…

DSCN0108 This is the inside with the dividers Velcroed in, we choose to use Velcro because you can move the dividers around if you need more space. you could always sew them into place if you would like.


The finished product, it took around 2 hours I’m guessing… It would have taken me days to figure out how to cut it out and sew it together if I would have attempted this by myself… I’m just being honest!


I can’t wait to take it on photo shoots it is the softest leather and quite light and easy to carry all in all I’m quite happy with the outcome.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 7:51 pm

    I love that Linden! I’m glad you posted this!

  2. February 9, 2011 8:12 pm

    This is awesome! You MUST bring it to our next photog get-together so I can see it in person although I think it’s safe to say that I will never attempt to make one, I am not a seamstress, haha!

    • lindenclaire permalink*
      February 9, 2011 8:32 pm

      Alicia it would never have gotten done if mom had not been so kind to help me! I will bring it!!

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  4. February 10, 2011 12:02 am

    Love this!!!

  5. Selena permalink
    February 10, 2011 2:28 am


    I love your bag. Your mom is one very creative lady! You both did a great job. Keep up the great photography 🙂

  6. February 17, 2011 1:28 pm

    Linden I LOVE this! What an awesome idea – and the fact that you (and your Mom) did it yourselves make you appreciate it that much more 🙂

    • lindenclaire permalink*
      February 17, 2011 3:34 pm

      Thanks Holly!! I love it and yes it does make me appreciate it more 🙂

  7. Sarah G permalink
    March 17, 2011 1:35 pm

    Great idea! I am going to have to try this! I saw the Kelly bags today and though they are lovely can’t justify spending the extra money…as and avid DIYer I immediately thought it looked like an easy project. Can’t wait to try my hand!

  8. Erin permalink
    January 23, 2012 10:44 am

    Great post, mum’s are the best!!! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try it!


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