September 07, 2011
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DIY Camera Bag: Guest Post by Kristina of Moms Who Click
In the spirit of connecting with others, I’d like to introduce Kristina, the co-editor of Moms Who Click. We discovered one another a few weeks ago and have been looking for ways to collaborate. You may have seen her interview with me a couple of weeks ago: HERE. Kristina loves photography, her four kids and hubby and occasionally getting her craft-on! Please give her a warm welcome and a bloggy visit when you’re done reading.

If you are like me, you are probably toting your camera around All. The. Time. The problem is that although there are many beautiful camera bags out there that are actually quite stylish, they do come with a bit of a price tag. And although I did plunk out the money for one gorgeous, well-known brand, a gal sometimes needs to change things up and carry something new. But alas, the budget does not permit the expense of yet another fancy brand-named bag (especially when I’m saving up for a new zoom lens). So what is a photo lovin’ gal to do? …….Get her craft on!

Yep, for just under $40 each, I made the two camera bags shown here. Making them was super easy to do. Just grab your hot glue gun, favorite purse, some pretty lining and foam and you’ll be on your way. Here are the details……..
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What you need:
  • A Large over-sized handbag. A nice, styling diaper bag works well also. Rectangular or square shaped bags work best.
  • 1/2″ to 1″ foam (about 1 yard worth)
  • Hot glue gun with lots of glue sticks
  • Scraps of fabric to line the foam inserts (or purchase nice fabric that matches the bag you will use)
  • Velcro tape (optional)
  • Scissors, marker, pins

  1. Measure the bottom of the bag, length and width. Then measure and cut the same size foam. Take a marker and write “bottom” on it so you don’t forget what piece of foam this is for.
  2. Measure the long sides of the bag. Then measure and cut two identical size pieces of foam for these two sides. Mark these pieces “sides”.
  3. You should now have 3 pieces of foam. They should be cut in rectangles or squares (no need to round the corners of the foam when cutting).
  4. Get your glue gun plugged in and ready to go.
  5. Next, lay each foam piece on the fabric one at time. Cut the fabric to cover the entire piece of foam as if you were wrapping it like a gift. Leave enough to extra fabric to overlap the foam the same way you would for wrapping a present. [Note, if you want to have nicely finished fabric, be sure to leave plenty of extra fabric when cutting then turn in the fabric about 1/4′ around the sides and hot glue that like a hem so the ends do not fray.]
  6. Use pins as necessary to hold the fabric in place as you wrap the foam.
  7. Hot glue and start adhering the glue on the underside of the fabric so it doesn’t show when you adhere it. In other words, wherever you would put the tape on a gift box use the hot glue gun on the opposite side like an envelope instead.
  8. Repeat this for each piece of foam.
  9. Once this is done, insert these pieces in the bag. You can use Velcro tape if you prefer to hold the foam pieces in place. I found this wasn’t necessary, the foam seems to stay in place without it.
  10. OPTIONAL. If you want to have dividers, measure appropriately and repeat steps 5 to 7. Use Velcro tape to hold inserts in place.
  11. Now you can insert the foam pieces into the bag. Voila! You now have padded protection for your camera, lenses and other paraphernalia.
Moms Who Click
Thanks again Kristina for sharing your amazing crafting skills. I can’t wait to give this a try. Don’t forget to visit Kristina when you have a chance. And of course, have a great day!

    Amazing! I’ll have to try this…been on the hunt for a serviceable, cheap camera bag for months! Thanks, Kristina!

    I shall have to try this. I may need to add some foam on top so I can throw other things in there too. :)

    My oh my I definitely need to try this one!! So going to Ross or T.J. Maxx to hunt for the perfect bag lol.

    Petit Monstree

    I love the synchronicity of this post. :) Last night I spent about 1.5 hours scouring the internet for just the right camera bag and my search ended up with nothing. I have been contemplating about making my own, and this is perfect! A glue gun makes this much more appealing than having to break out a sewing machine! :)

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Brilliant! I have been wanting a new camera bag for ages but the type I like (like an over-sized handbag) can only be shipped from the US and the price, well… This is just perfect however, and I am determined to have a go at making one. Thank you!

    This is such a smart idea! I would have never thought of it; but I’m definitely going to be keeping my eye out while I’m shopping for the right kind of bag. Thank you!!

    This is awesome! you always seize to amaze me Ashley! what an awesome idea! I definitely getting my craft on and doing this!!

    I have been looking forward to this post all week! I’ll be getting a zoom lens this weekend go I’m going to need a bigger camera bag and absolutely cannot wait to make my own! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    great idea! thanks for sharing…

    These are so cool .. my camara bag is bog standard and boring lol

    Love this idea! I just may have to try it!

    I’m all over this…. thanks!!!!

    have to read more about mom’s you click.. but I am a mom and I do click… my heels.. that school is back in session.. but seriously.. I have not blog visited since JUNE>>>> I missed your blog.. and your photos so much… my blog is so outdated… and old.. that it was a joy to make time to visit you today.. I will figure out and read more about mom’s who click.. and maybe I can be part of that….
    1 Wasabi mommy

    I love to sew and do crafty things – great timing as I was about to purchase a new bag – I might try this out first.

    Great idea. I love this and will try it.



    I LOVE THIS!!! Adding it to my to do craft list! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Perfect timing. I was in a store today, after seeing your guest blog by a talented Kristina…when I noticed a fabric, lined lunch box, square….and so inexpensive. I liked that it was waterproof to take down to the beach when lucky enough to go…now to pad it Just another suggestion…it is smaller, however. Great posting. Thank you so much. Warmly, Sharon

    what an awesome idea! i’ll have to try this. :) thanks!

    Love this idea for the bag. I wasn’t liking anything I was finding in the way of a bag- so I took one of my last season Coach bags (a girl has to have some style while snappin’ away) and by the time I loaded it with my camera, extra lens & batteries & car charger for that battery and all the little extras- it all fit in there quite nicely. I think I will use this idea with one of my larger handbags because I fully plan on expanding my collection of camera accessories & I have to keep it all organized & in style!

    Great idea and thanks for sharing!

    This is a great idea. I just got my first camera bag and I love it, but I can see how it will get old after a while.

    I’ll have to check out some of my old bags and see if I can transform them.

    Very cool. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I love the fabric you used! I wasn’t finding an affordable bag that I really liked so I did the same thing. I can move mine from tote to tote. It really works out well.

    I have always wanted a nicer way to carry around my camera. I have a nice large tan and dark brown Coach bag just sitting in the bottom of my closet. I never thought about the foam n stuff. I’m gonna try this lol…I’m not sure how I’ll do but it is worth a try! =)

    Thanks for all of the great comments. I’m so glad you liked the bags! And a HUGE thanks to Ashley for featuring me on her blog. xo Kristina

    I absolutely adore this! I’ve wanted a camera bag for ages, but I simply can’t afford to splurge on the hundreds of dollars they cost… this is a great solution! I officially have something new on my to-do list.

    Duh…why didn’t I think of that! Amazing, easy tutorial. Thanks so much, Kristina.

    bookmarking it for a rainy day project ~ thanks

    Such a stylish great idea!

    I have seen some like this that you can buy but I love your idea and using something you have and love already. I have the perfect thing.
    Thank you