DIY lens cap pouch

 

Hey guys! I’m sorry I’ve been a little flakey on the blog front.  I want to say how appreciative I am of all your support and prayers of our news to move to Taiwan.  I’ll be sharing more details this week!

 

But now I want to share a little project that I first mentioned when I gave my camera strap tutorial.

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I don’t know about you but I am ALWAYS misplacing my lens cap.  I sometimes spend more time looking for my lens cap than I do taking pictures.

This little pouch is a total life saver time saver and it’s not too difficult to make.  There are several little steps, but each one is not complicated. 

I know some of you are afraid of sewing, but if you just follow the tutorial step by step I know you can make one too!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

-An outer fabric of your choice (only a small amount is needed!)

-A lining fabric

-Sew-on Velcro

-Bias tape

-Batting

-Matching thread and sewing machine

 

Step 1: Cut the following from your fabric

easy_lens_cap_case_diy

*The flap shapes in this picture I modified later on–See below.*

 

Step 2: Construct the two sides of the pouch but stacking your lining, batting, and outer fabric like so:

sewing_pouch_for_lens_cap

*These two sides are identical, I just turned one over to show the order the pieces.*

 

Step 3: Cut two strips of your outer fabric to make the piece that will attach the pouch to the camera strap.  It’s length should be the width of your camera strap + 1/2 inch (give or take) and the width about 1 1/2 inches.

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Step 4: Place right sides of the fabric together and sew both long ends, making a tube.  Then, turn the tube right side out (I had to use the end of a seam ripper to to it).

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Step 5: Pin your tube to one of the pouch sides using your camera strap as a guide.  Place pins on either side of your camera strap, this is where you will sew.

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Step 6: Take out the camera strap and sew where your pins are, securing the tube to one side of the pouch.

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Step 7: Construct the closing flap by first sewing a piece of Velcro to the lining piece. Then sew the lining to the outer fabric piece (right sides together) and turn inside out.

 camera_sewing_helper

*See how I changed the shape of the table from the pictures in step 1?  This shape works better!*

 

Step 8: Pin on the flap and then sew the flap onto the pouch side where you just sewed your tube.

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Step 9: Take the other pouch side (the one you haven’t done anything to yet) and sew a piece of bias tape across the top.

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Step 10: Sew the other side of your Velcro in the middle of the pouch side, right under the bias tape.  *Tip: lay the two pouch sides together and pull the flap over to see where you should place the other piece of Velcro—you obviously want them to match up*

sewing_velcro_on_pouch

 

Step 11: Now your two pouch sides have all their bells and whistles so you just need to sew them together!  Place the two sides right side together, stitch around the outside, and turn inside out.  Your pouch is done!

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Slip your camera strap through the back of the pouch and you’re all set!  Never lose your lens cap again!

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Happily sharing this project here:

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Comments

  1. So smart! My camera lives it it;s camera bag, so most often the lens cap is just in there at the bottom waiting for me to put it back on!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

  2. This is a fantastic idea. I know I always wind up trying to hold my lens cap, which takes away from my photos. This would be great, just slip it on your strap and pop it in. Good tutorial that has easy instructions and good photos. Thanks for a great idea.

  3. Hi darling, what a wonderful idea, Thanks for sharing the detail instructions. hugs ~lynne~

  4. This is a wonderful idea! I usually put mine in my pocket, but I don’t always have pockets! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  5. I definitely need one of these suckers. I’m always misplacing (not losing!) my lens cap. I love the fabric that you used as well!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays, going on now through Wednesday! Hope to see you there!
    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/05/martha-monday-link-up-party.html

  6. A great idea. Now I just need the nicer camera rather than my old point and shoot. Maybe THIS birthday. :D Thanks for the idea and for sharing on BeColorful this week.
    pam

  7. This is a great idea!

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday!

    -Four Sisters

  8. I just found my lens cap two days ago after losing it for over a week. So I am in definite need of a lens cap pouch. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Found you on Make the World Cuter. This is surely ‘cute’!

  10. Found you on Sugar Bees. I really need to learn to sew and make this. I’m always freaking out about the lens cap.

  11. This is a great project! I always seem to misplace my lens cap! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party?

  12. What a great project, and I ALWAYS lose my lens cap, so thanks for showing how to make one. Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

  13. i am hearing you on the lens cap thing. i thought it was just me!

    you might like my blog, and i’d love to have you hop over
    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

    keep creating!

    michele

  14. I love this, definitely going to do it, I am always loosing the cap of my camera. I have pinned it so I do not forget.

  15. This is genius!! Just pinned it, and I’m so excited to make it!! I am a new follower:) I’d love for you to stop by my blog sometime!

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

  16. I really need to make one of those! I just got my new lens cap in the mail because I lost my old one! Very cute! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  17. This is really cute and you are just trying to make me use my sewing machine again!!

  18. so cute! i need one of those…i misplace mine almost daily! ha…xoox, tracie

  19. Oye…I’m always losing that thing! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Found you over at Lil Luna!

    I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party – open all week! There’s a $50 Amazon card up for grabs this week too!

    Tuesday Time Out Linky Party

    Smiles,
    Melanie

    Reasons To Skip The Housework {The Blog}
    Tinker B Boutique {The Shop}

  20. Loving the fabric that you chose! Found you via linky – off to have a good look round your site – would love you to come visit me too!
    http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.com/

  21. I so need this! I can never remember what pocket I put that darn lens cap in. I would love for you to share on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-stalking-thursday-40.html

  22. I so need to make one of these! I would love it if you would share this on Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-5.html

  23. I’m not happy you misplace your lens covers, but I do too ALL of the time! Such a creative idea and too cute! I think mine always end up in my pocket too. Over visiting from Curb Alert and going to look around your blog.

    Have a great weekend,
    Andrea

  24. Brilliant!! I am ALWAYS losing my lens cap. More often than not it ends up in a jean pocket and ran through the wash. Love this. Making this!!

  25. Cute and easy! Thanks for linking up! I’ll be anxious to hear details of the move. What an exciting adventure!

  26. Great idea and easy to understand tutorial. I’d love for you to post a link to this project at my link party…
    http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/link-party-time.html
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. man, i need to make a boyish one of these for my hubby. super cute! i would love for you to add this to my weekend link party. check it out here:
    http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/05/spread-love-8-harem-royal-giveaway.html
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com
    ps. i love your blog design

  28. Wow – those are some mad sewing skills! Cute (:

  29. Oh my goodness this is awesome! It would make a great Mother’s Day gift. Very cool!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link these up in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. It is just our 2nd week. Your blog is cute and we can’t wait to look around some more! I love the name of your blog!

    Thank you!
    Susie @Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/05/12/saturday-showcase-craft-projects/

  30. Such a great idea!! I am featuring you today!

  31. I love it and totally need to make myself one! I’m featuring your pouch on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays this week, thanks so much for linking up!

  32. This is such a great idea. I love the color of the fabric. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  33. I’ve seen pouches before but they usually entail getting a whole new strap with the pouch built in. Great project, love that you can attach it to a strap you already have. Thank you for sharing it on A Crafty Soiree, I’ve featured your project this week. The newest will be up after midnight tonight come see it when you can!

  34. I am SO making one of those! You just saved my life – er, my lens cover anyway!!! I just know I’m going to lose it sooner than later. Now I won’t. i can ever make this work with the strap cover I made I’m sure.
    Thanks so much for the idea and for linking it up at Freckled Laundry where I found it!

  35. Oh my gosh, I SO need one of these! Genius! I’m always losing my cap! How much would you charge for one of these?
    Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  36. I love this tutorial and just featured it on Favorite Pins Friday at Wait Til Your Father Gets Home! http://www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com/2012/05/26/favorite-pins-friday-2/

  37. I need to make one of these. I just use a square of velcro glued to my camera strap and another square on the outside of my lens cover and pop it on there when taking pics. This is a much prettier way to do it! Thanks

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