So, I have been wanting to make a little pouch for my DSLR camera lens for a while now and this past week I finally did it! I was getting so tired of wrapping it in burp cloths and onesies in my diaper bag whenever I took it on our little family adventures we tend to do. I wanted to have something that would protect it a bit, especially keeping that lens cap from getting bumped and falling off, as well as something I could keep on my wrist or clip to my diaper bag strap for easy access. I usually just have my shorter 18-55mm lens on the my camera for stuff around the house but when we go out I like to have the option of using my longer 55-250mm lens cause that way I can capture the kidlets doing cute stuff without them knowing that I am taking their picture. What a sneak I am!
Anyways, since the weather was to be gorgeous this past weekend I knew we would be out and about doing fun fall stuff with friends. It was just the kick in the pants I needed to make myself a sweet little lens pouch.
Here is what you need to make your own
Strappy Camera Lens Pouch too!
4 pieces of fabric (2 for the outside of the pouch and 2 for the lining)
measuring 7" across the top, 6" across the bottom, and 8 1/2" tall
2 pieces of fusible fleece with the same dimensions above
1 piece of fabric 3" x 12" for the strap
1 piece of fusible fleece measuring 1.5" x 12"
1 zipper measuring 7" in length
First, take your 3"x12" piece of fabric and iron on your 1.5"x12" of fusible fleece to the center of it.
Then fold it in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew the raw edges together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Flip your tube right-side out and press it with your iron so the seam is in the middle, set aside.
Next, iron your two fleece pieces to the wrong sides of your two outer fabrics.
Then, take one of your outer fabric pieces (right side up) and place your zipper (right side down) at the top (7" wide edge) with the zipper pull to the left.
Then place one of your lining piece of fabrics on top wrong side down, making a zipper sandwich of sorts.
It should look something like this.
Put your zipper foot on your sewing machine and make sure you sew through all three layers!
Next, fold the outer and lining fabrics back so that their wrong sides are together.
Then, place your zipper (wrong side down again) BUT this time with the zipper pull to the RIGHT (or bottom as in the picture above) on top of the right-side of the other piece of outer fabric.
Then, place your other piece of lining fabric on top of the zipper just like you did earlier!
Here's a closer look at the second zipper sandwich you are making. You can see the first two pieces of fabric you attached to the zipper over there to the left.
Next, spread open your fabrics so you have an outer fabric with a piece of lining underneath on each side of the zipper. Press with an iron and then sew a line about a 1/4" from each side of the zipper to keep the lining down nice and smooth.
Then, open up your zipper 3/4 of the way...this will help you when you are flipping your pouch out in the last step!!
Okay, so next you are going to place your fabrics so that both lining fabrics are on one side of the zipper (with their right sides together) and both outer fabric are on the other side of the zipper (with their right sides together).
You are going to fold your strap piece in half (with seam sides together) and place it between the right sides of the two outer fabrics about an inch from the zipper. Pin in place. Make sure you have a little bit of both raw edges hanging out just so you are sure to sew it within your seam allowance!!
Then just sew all the way around with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a 3 inch gap at the lining end (see the picture above) for turning!
Here's a peek at where your strap should be hiding in case I wasn't clear above!
Alright, so once you are all sewed up you are going to pucker the corners, measure 1 inch in from the tip and then sew a line straight across...do this to both lining and outer fabric corners (4 in all!)
Cut off all four corners when you are done. This will give you a box-like pouch.
Then, all you have to do is turn your pouch right side out!
Once you have it like the second picture above go and find the gap you left open in your lining and sew it closed...you can hand sew it if you'd like!
And, there you have it!!
You just made yourself an awesome little
Strappy Camera Lens Pouch!
Perfect for that long DSLR lens you just might want to carry around with you!
Now you can just place it in your purse or diaper bag without fear that that darn lens cap is going to fall off and your lens will get all scratched.
You can wear it on your wrist for those quick lens changes
Grab a carabiner and hook it to your belt loop or purse strap for easy access!!
Oh, the possibilities :)
Yay, I'm in love!! It's cute and handy!!
And for those that may ask, the lining fabric is Amy Butler's Midwest Modern Martini in Linen and the outer fabric is her Garden Maze in Brown.