Thursday, May 15, 2008

Day 137: A Camera Bag

I got sick of my ugly brown camera bag and decided to try my hand at "creating" one. This is an inexpensive purse from Target. I liked that it was fairly shallow, but would have a little bit of width as well, and could "tuck" under my arm rather than have a long shoulder strap.

At the fabric store, I bought a piece of white foam, and about 18" of industrial velcro. I cut the white foam to sit inside the purse, about 6" from the top on each of the sides. I cut out 4 strips of the velcro. I pulled the two inserts (gray in this photo) out of an old camera bag, and attached them with the velcro to the sides of the white foam, slightly off-center. It would probably be clearer if I could take a photo with my camera in the bag. . . . but then I couldn't take the picture! The camera would sit roughly where the pink phone is. Just picture the inside of most camera bags, and then a little bit of foam, velcro, and the insert of an old bag can pretty much re-create a "house" for your camera in whatever bag you'd like! This isn't the way I'd want to transport my camera if I was going someplace where it might get lots of rough treatment, but it works quite well for daily use, especially if I'm only bring one lens with me somewhere.

23 comments:

Debbi said...

You are very creative and resourceful! Love this purse - terrific colors for summer! Hope you have a great time and travel safely!

pat said...

Clever idea! No one would ever suspect a camera lurking in there. By the way--where are you going on your trip? Looks someplace warm and sunny!

Bobbi said...

Very creative! It makes a very cute day to day transport.

Gypsy Girl said...

Very nice idea. Hey we really do think alike. I am in the process of trying to make a different bag. If mine comes out the way I want it to I will show it to you. Congrats on your sons graduation. Does that mean you wont be going down to MO any more? I move the first week of June.

Jess said...

That is such a cute idea! I love camera bags that don't LOOK like camera bags! :)

Mom2Drew said...

Wow. way to go-great way to use a purse.

Christine said...

Cool!

Kristina said...

Great idea! You are so chic :)

Cindi Koceich said...

I must say that is so clever!!!

Scrapper88 said...

How cool, great idea!! I have a bad habit of just tossing mine in my bag but this is a great idea!

lcp said...

Very creative! Certainly cuter that most of the camera bags out there!

Michelle said...

what a clever way to adapt a bag! now i'll really have to start browsing the purse aisles...have fun at the graduation!

--sme said...

You can fit the kitchen sink in that bag! :) Looks great!!!

Becky said...

That's cool! I have a Vera Bradley purse that I think would make a pretty camera bag. Maybe I'll give that a try.

Diana said...

wow you are so creative and your purse/camera bag is very nice

Amy said...

Very nice and so much cuter than the standard camera bag! Congrats to your son on his graduation!

Mandy said...

..what a crafty idea. I have never even though of that. Really cool!

Jeanne said...

Love it!!! You are so clever!

I love that I never would have guessed it was a camera bag. :o)

Jen said...

Very inventive....

Tori said...

cute idea!

mel said...

very cool and inspiring! I've been thinking about doing this for the everyday stuff, but haven't sat down and figured out. Now I just may have to do that!

Sharon said...

Clever! And it doesn't look like a camera bag.

Kim said...

Nice idea, I'm looking too.