DIY Camera Purse

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Camera Bag Purse6Although this isn’t a recipe and might not seem food-related, it has everything to do with this food blog.  If you haven’t noticed, I take pictures of food.  😉  Generally, I shoot these food photos inside my home, but the camera I use is also our family camera that is often carried out of the house.  I was tired of using the ugly bulky kit bag to protect our camera when we went out and about, and I desired something that appeared a bit more trendy.  Last year, Ben received a nice camera messenger bag for Christmas along with a rugged backpack, but what was I to use?

After shopping for a little while online, I couldn’t find any decent camera purses under $100, and most were over $200!  Thankfully, I came across this blog and was inspired to make my own!

I made this purse back in October so that I would be able to use it at the Foodbuzz Festival last month.  But, I think it would be a super idea as a homemade Christmas gift for the photographer in your family!  The purse (without the padded inserts) is from Target and after purchasing all of the other material from Joann Fabrics, the entire project cost me less than $50.

All you need is the following:
regular purse
foam (1/2- or 1-inch)
needle and thread (and a sewing machine helps!) 🙂

The method is simple. I can give you a quick run-down here, but you can just use this as inspiration and figure out the steps that are best for you. I’ll let you know now that I’m basically sewing-impaired. So, my good friend helped me with the project and basically figured out all of the dimensions for me and did most of the sewing with her fancy pantsy machine (that she graciously taught me how to use, so now I covet it.)Camera Bag Purse5

So here we go: Find a purse you love that is the right size to fit your camera and other items such as your wallet, another lens, etc. I made sure to pick one that had outside pockets for my cell phone and lipstick. 🙂  And, when figuring out the size you need, keep in mind that the foam is going to take up a lot of space.

Camera Bag Purse4Then, sew your fabric around the foam and attach the soft side of the velcro on each side in two long strips. Cut out sections of foam for the dividers and sew fabric around them, leaving overhang to create flaps on each side. Attach the scratchy side of the velcro on opposite sides of the flaps. (Don’t laugh at my velcro descriptions. I can hear you from here.)

Camera Bag Purse2Stuff the sewed foam into your purse, then add the dividers where you want them.   What’s great about a homemade camera purse is the padding can be removed so you can still use the purse as normal when you’re not carrying your camera.  And, you can move the dividers as necessary.  I typically store the body of the camera in the center because it has the most protection.

Camera Bag Purse1So, there you have it!  For more detailed instructions and photos, check out these two blogs.  I originally had step by step photos, along with a picture of me with the purse and my friend who helped me, but accidentally did one of those “delete all photos” before transferring them from my camera to my computer.  When that happened, I thought it was the end of the world, but apparently we’re still here.  🙂

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  1. You’re purse is beautiful! Great job. I especially love the print you chose for the inside.

  2. I love it! SOOOO practical and creative! I wish I had had this at Foodbuzz…I was worried about my camera the whole time!

  3. Jeesh…I have a nice sewing machine, but this is beyond Sewing 101 for me! I LOVE the idea, so you can show me how to do it when you come visit!!!

  4. Your purse looks great! I’ve been wanting to do this for MONTHS, but have yet to find the right purse for me. Oh well, the search continues.

  5. I LOVE this! I have looked into camera purses before, but just can not afford it. I am sooo doing this!

  6. Love this idea!! What a great trick 🙂

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