My musician friend Erin (of Mix Tape) celebrated the big 3-0 this weekend. I made her a little gift so she can coordinate outfit to instrument on stage. I like the fact that it’s functional (a guitar strap for her fancy-schmancy guitar) but also homemade (a cover made with a teensy bit of a gorgeous fabric she actually gave me for my birthday).
This simple DIY works for camera straps, guitar straps, or any sort of strap. I think it would even work for a BELT! Think of it, you could have ONE belt with a bunch of covers to match all your cute outfits. How prudent.
Get the full Guitar / Camera Strap Cover DIY after the jump…
DIY Strap / Belt Cover Tutorial
You’ll need 1 strap and some fabric ( I used Heather Ross Far Far Away Unicorns in Blush). Some fusible fleece would make it extra cozy, but I didn’t have any and was unmotivated to drive around searching for it. Here is the guitar strap I bought at guitar center:
1. Wash, iron and cut your fabric. Measure the length of your strap and add one inch, measure the width of your strap and add 1 inch. My pieces were 24″ X 5″ for a final size of 23″ X 4″:
If you’re using fusible fleece, cut pieces the same size and fuse it on now.
2. Fold the short ends under 1/4″ and iron, then another 1/4″ and iron:
Then sew in place with a complimentary thread (you’ll see this seam).
3. Fold the strap cover in half the long way with right sides facing and sew up the side. You can serge the edges:
Or fake serge by using a zigzag stitch (if you are going to do this, cut your fabric 1/2″ smaller for the width so you can catch both edges):
4. Turn your tube inside out (if you need help figuring out how, use the safety pin method I walk through in the DIY Booster seat post for the straps), then iron it flat with the seam in the middle of the back side:
5. Slide it over your strap. It’s going to be snug, this part is kind of a pain. If you wrap a rubber band around the end of the strap that helps it hold this shape, which makes it easier to slide on:
Make a few different ones:
Wrap in a cute package and give to friend: