Embroidered Camera Strap

Created By:

Trish McLaughlin

Skill Level: Intermediate

Ready to upgrade your camera strap? Add some embroidery! This camera strap features embroidery on top and optional quilting underneath. It is finished with leather (or faux!) ends and webbing for a professional look.

Janome Supplies Required

You will need:


  • Exterior Fabric (10" x 28")
  • Leather/Faux Leather
  • 1/2" Webbing (or width of your strap adjusters)
  • Camera Strap Adjusters (Mine are from my old camera strap, but you can find them on etsy!)
  • Batting (optional if quilting)
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Wax Paper



Choosing Your Embroidery


My finished strap will be 2" wide, and the design I chose is 1 3/4" wide. (length is 4 3/4")


When choosing a design, look for smaller designs, specifically "border" designs to find longer, smaller embroidery files.


Looking for this design? Find it at ("vintage daisy border")




Make Your Strap!


  1. Cut fabric 10" x 28", mark center point along length
  2. Add stabilizer to fabric (I'm using tear away)
  3. Hoop Fabric about 2" from top







4. Embroider design! Machine shown here is the Janome Quilt Maker Memory Craft 15000, Hoop SQ 14. (I chose to embroider each section individually, but you can double the embroidery with a larger hoop)





5. Once embroidery is complete, remove from hoop.

6. With a fabric pencil or water soluble tool, mark line right after stitched embroidery for placement of next design.

7. Re-Hoop Fabric.

8. If using this embroidery design or similar, flip embroidery 180 degrees. For opposite colors on your finished strap, switch colors on your design. Embroider design!

9. Continue embroidery several times. My design was done 5 times, making my embroidery about 24 1/2".

10. Cut excess fabric to create strap. (I am sewing with 3/8" seam allowance.) Measure and mark 1/2" from one side of embroidery. On the other side of embroidery, measure 1/8" and take note of this total length. This will be the fold line of your strap. To determine full width, double this measurement.

EX: My design is 1 3/4" wide. I measured 1/2" from one side, and cut. from this cut line, I measured to the design plus 1/8", bringing my width to 2 1/4". I doubled this to get my full width of 4 5/8" - which is where I cut the other side of my fabric.

11. Baste stitching lines for 3/8" seam allowance, or iron seam allowance to mark.

12. Optional: add batting and quilt! I added 2" of batting, lining it up to the fold line and the seam allowance line. Baste batting in place. To help with quilting the under edge of my strap, I basted my batting at the fold line to mark how much of the strap to quilt.

13. Stitch! I marked 1" diagonal lines to create diamond stitching lines, but have fun with stitching!

14. Once you've quilted, iron seam allowance down once again. Remove Basting stitches.

15. Top stitch seam closed, top stitch folded edge as well.

16. Mark 1/2" from end of embroidery. Cut 15" of webbing for each end.

17. Cut 4 rectangles out of leather/faux leather with one side measuring 2" and the other 1/4" Wider than the width of the strap. (mine are 2 1/4" x 2")

18. Curve edges, leaving 1/2" (or width of webbing) flat on bottom of square.

19. Test length of strap. Line end of leather ends with line drawn in step 16. If strap length peeks out from end, trim strap.

20. Tuck one end of webbing into end of strap and secure with a zig zag stitch.

21. Line up leather ends with drawn line, spray adhesive on wrong side of leather to temporarily attach.

22. Spray adhesive on second leather end and stack on top of strap, creating a sandwich, with right sides facing out.

23. Stitch around leather end. Tip: Stitch leather with wax paper under strap end to prevent marks on underside. pull wax paper away from stitching once complete.

24. Attach strap adjusters from original camera strap and you are done!



Hope you enjoyed this project!!

To find out more about Trishstitched follow the link here to her webpage.


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