How to Make a Camera Strap from a Scarf

November 29, 2011 by Miscellaneous

DIY camera strap

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf
I’ve always been a photography nerd for as long as I can remember. From the times when I’d do happy dances because my mom granted me permission to use her camera to take photos of my American Girl dolls to now when the clicking shutter of my Nikon D40 comforts me and the chemical smell of a new Polaroid gets my heart racing. I am always prowling for ways to make my camera accessories unique because my camera collection is such a big part of my life.

(Some of my Polaroids.)

Now when you work for a scarf site like and you think about scarves all day you kind of get scarves on the brain. So when my little brother told me a story about silk that he heard on Mythbusters, I had an idea. The story is that Mongolian warriors used to wear silk shirts underneath their armor so that when they were shot with arrows in battle, the silk would not break and it was easier to remove the arrow from the wounded warrior’s flesh without digging around too much and causing more damage. (Sorry for the gross image.) Why silk you ask? Well, did you know that a silk rope is stronger than a steel cable? (Seriously! Believe it.) Silk is just too expensive to manufacture in those industrial quantities.

So the whole silk strength discussion with my brother got me thinking. If a silk shirt can protect a Mongolian warrior, then a silk scarf can totally support the weight of my cameras. So I made a camera strap from a scarf!

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

What you need for this project:

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

1. A silk scarf. There are some great silk scarves here at I especially think this geometric print scarf would look awesome as a camera strap.
2. Some extra leather or pleather. This is optional, but I think it adds a nice touch to your strap.
3. 3 Key rings. These are to attach the camera to your strap.
4. Scissors.
5. Chalk or something to mark your scarf.
6. A dress form or a nice volunteer to help test your strap.

Step 1: First you need to lay your scarf around your dress form’s neck or your volunteer. You need to mark where you want the strap to fall and then mark about an inch and a half below where you want your camera to fall around your neck. (You need to have room to stitch the scarf up.)
How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

Step 2: Next you need to cut below your line. Easy.

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

Step 3: After you’ve cut your scarf where it needs to be, take your key rings and slip them on the end of your scarf and stitch them in place. I would leave like an inch of wiggle room so that you can easily use the key rings to hold your camera.

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

Step 4: Now you need to make two little tubes out of the leather to slip on the ends of your scarf camera strap to cover the stitches. You don’t have to use leather, you can use ribbon or anything that you want. :)

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

Step 5: This is how you slip the tubes over the scarf. Make sure that the inside of the tube with the stitching is facing you so that it won’t show when you wear your camera.

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

Step 6: Next you need to stitch your leather tubes in place over your stitches. Make sure it is secure!

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

And voila! Your camera’s stylin’. ;)

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

Snap away! If you need any more tips or help, just leave a comment below! Good luck. :)

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Silk Scarf

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  • Reply DJ August 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    What a great idea & so much fun. I am going to try this over the weekend :)

  • Reply JB June 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome! I’m definitely making this one. I will have to convince my fiance to do the sewing though! Way to go with the film camera too, nice to see I’m not the only one still shooting film.

  • Reply Christal February 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    This is so awesome! Cutest DIY project I’ve seen in awhile!

  • Reply Amy W January 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

    If you make the leather/pleather pieces smaller around, and slip up onto the scarf before you attach the metal rings, you will have a little less industrial, more refined look. Either way, what a GREAT look!

  • Reply Christopher Barnett December 1, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Awesome idea, and I looove the Pentax ME. I learned to take pictures using my dad’s. Brings back memories.

  • Reply Heidi M December 1, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Fabulous, darling!
    I’ve been wanting to make a camera strap out of a man’s silk tie, but have always over-thought it. This is simple and elegant…and it works!
    Thank you!

  • Reply Weird Amiga November 30, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Sweet idea!
    However, I think the scarf wouldn’t drape so nicely with a heavier camera, like mine. :(
    Your camera is rather light… right? The scarf doesn’t seem to be strained by its weight. Hidden reinforcement may be the solution, in my case!

    • Reply Stacie December 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      Haha! The camera is pretty heavy actually! Like 1.5 pounds? I have a Nikon D40 that I’ve used the scarf strap on and it works really well! When it has the heavier wide-angle lens on it looks a little more awkward, but all of my camera straps look a little strained with my wide-angle lens, haha. You can actually widen the scarf around your neck so that the weight of the camera is distributed more evenly as opposed to skinny straps that dig into your neck.

      The camera in the photo is a Pentax ME.

  • Reply Julia November 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    This is such a great idea! I am so doing it? thank you for the post!

    • Reply Stacie November 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      No problem! If you end up making one, I’d love to see it! :)

  • Reply Alyssa November 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I love it Stacie! i was actually just off to go make a camera strap cover today… so this is awesome! Love it and I’m jealous of your camera collection… :)


    • Reply Stacie November 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks so much Alyssa! :D

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