The DIY Camera Strap


You can easily buy an inexpensive and completely functional camera strap. You can spend a little more and get a handsome handmade leather strap that will last a lifetime. 

If you’re like me though, sometimes you want to make something for yourself. For you dear DIY-er, I’ve included a few photos here of how I make simple camera straps. I’ve made two now and because I don’t require something that’s adjustable or easily snaps off, I’ve found this simple design to work perfectly. (For my larger Canon 6D, I do use a strap that easily snaps off because I don’t always like having a strap attached. I also like having a thicker strap to carry the heavier camera). 

It's a pretty simple process to make the DIY camera strap. The total cost of materials is somewhere around $8 and it takes about half an hour. All you need is a needle and thread (I recommend wax thread because it will hold up better and a big needle to help puncture thick cord) and a few feet of small diameter climbing cord (10mm is plenty thick enough. I actually prefer thinner like 6mm). I buy it at Paragon, but you can also find it online. You’ll also need two small key rings if your camera doesn’t have metal strap clips already. If it does, you’re good to go. 

Wax thread, simple climbing line and a big needle is pretty much all you need. 

Wax thread, simple climbing line and a big needle is pretty much all you need. 


I start by taking the strap clips off the camera and threading the cord through them. It's a lot easier to do this before than after. Fold the cord over and thread the needles through both ends of the cord to make sure it holds as you sew it. Honestly, I’m not much of a craftsman when it comes to sewing, so I just go for raw function over style. I wrap the thread once, then puncture the needle through the cord and repeat, making sure I’m neatly and tightly wrapping the waxed thread over the cord and laying it over as cleanly as possible. 


Once I’ve completed one side, I do a little trick where I make a final few knots and weave the needle down the wrap to hide the end of the cord. Then I lightly burn all the thread with a flame to tighten it down over the cord.

This is where I then figure out how long I want the strap to be. I connect the made-up side of the strap to the camera and feel where I actually want my camera to hang. I like the strap long enough that I can fit one arm through it, but not too long that it swings freely around under my arm. I also like to be able to kind of tuck it in my armpit. 

Once I have the length figured out, I do up the other side and that’s it. Easy DIY camera strap.