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5 minute Shock-Resistant Camera Case for Under $5

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This camera case takes only a few minutes to make, is completely customizable, and on average, should cost like $1 to make! This project uses simple materials you can pick up just about anywhere. So what are you waiting for?

 
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Step 1: Materials

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You know that squishy stuff you can get to line drawers, or put under carpets to keep them from sliding?  Non-skid mat type stuff?  That's what this is made of.   I will henceforth refer to this material as "squishy stuff."  I also deem squishy stuff to be shock resistant, mostly based on the number of times I've dropped my camera in this case without any damage.  Just don't try it from the top of a water tower (you know who you are).You've been warned. 

* 1 sheet squishy stuff
* 1 piece velcro
* Needle and thread, or sewing machine
* A piece of paper
* Scissors
* Ruler (opt but handy)
* Pen or pencil (opt but handy)


Step 2: Make a Template

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The easiest way to make a template is to put your camera on a piece of paper, and fold the paper up around it, creasing along the edges.  When you uncrease the paper, you'll have your stitching lines.

The second picture shows me folding the paper up along the bottom of the camera.  You don't necessarily want it to go all the way to the top edge of the camera.  Think of an envelope - the extra open space at the top makes it easier to remove the contents.

Crease the edges too so you know how deep to make the case.

Fold the top down and crease where you want the edge of that to be.  (third picture)

Unfold, and mark where your creases were.  Notice in picture 4 how much space is on each side of the camera.  This will allow the fabric - pardon me - squishy stuff to bend around the edges of the camera without being too tight.


bobert6103 years ago
Where can i find me some of that "squishy stuff" online? or does joanne fabrics have some cus theres one in my town.
static bobert6105 months ago
Walmart generally has it next to the drawer and shelf liner. I use it in the drawers of my mechanics tool cabinets/chests. A lot less inexpensive than the official product for sold that purpose.
Do you have a Bed, Bath & Beyond store near you? The "squishy stuff" is the material that people put underneath of their rugs, so that they don't move. I was in BBB the other day, and saw it there.
yup ill go there tomorro thnx.
abizar3 years ago
You might be able to heat seal the drawer liner stuff. That is fuse, the edges together with a heat sealer used for vaccum packaging. This is for the macho guys who are afraid of using a sewing needle!
gnach abizar3 years ago
I always thought staples or pop rivets were for macho guys.
static gnach5 months ago
Nah "real" men aren't afraid to sew. Around here the aftermarket auto trim work has been done by mean for decades. I was thinking that heavy trot line used for fisning could be use for men without sewing chines Though lighter thread and needle would be needed for the Velcro.
Love it. The instructable is simple. I am going to try it. Thanks.
djbenter2 years ago
I suppose that another alternative to sewing would be to hot glue a strip of felt along either side of the bag? My sewing machine is currently out of commission, so that might be my alternative
ellequoi3 years ago
After the 'official' camera case (came from the manufacturer with purchase of the camera) actually caused damage to my camera, this may be a better option for me!
longsl3 years ago
It's easy to make it. Thx you so much ^^
Sorokahdeen3 years ago
Very nice project. Great idea and one that I think would be wonderful for adapting for use with an Amazon Kindle.

One thing though: Considering how small the amount of material outside the stitching is, why not position the velcro pieces so that they mate on the sides opposite where they are currently placed so that the final product can be turned inside out with the stitching hidden? It would double the material inside the pocket along the edge, giving a little extra padding for shock-proofing the edge of the camera.
alix-cool3 years ago
i love this idea, Brilliant :D :D
this is my attempt :)
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hahaha,ur 1 is more better!
verence3 years ago
Very nice idea. I just would not store my camera (etc.) for a long time in this "squishy stuff". These mats often contain plasticizers (to make them soft an squishy, of course). During a long time contact between the plastic camera body and the case, those plasticizers might "melt" into the plastic of the camera. For a short storage on a trip or on a holiday, you (and your camera) should be fine. And the green one should be very easy to find even in the biggest bag.
Just an observation from someone who has done exactly this with this stuff and PVC foam board, but this is not as big a risk as you are making it out to be. My costume group uses this stuff to keep costume armor plates from slipping, and a number of us have left armor plates in storage for a couple of months at a time with the foam mesh right up against them, with no visible marking or softening.

I wouldn't leave it for a year or more, in a hot storage area, but a couple of months in a warn-temperate climate is certainly not unsafe.

Of course, you could always add a lining, which would completely negate the problem.
dacker verence3 years ago
Your comment about plasticizers is very good and accurate . I've seen the results you describe and it's not pretty.

Another commenter suggested lining this project with Tyvek, which is white-colored 99% of the time. I suggest an alternate liner, felt from your local big box or local craft store. Felt would eliminate the plasticizer issue, a near-matching or complimentary color could be purchased, it adds padding, and it's unlikely to scratch your camera, GPS, MP3 player, cell phone, etc.

I suppose felt could be used  as an alternative to  the shelf liner material as well.
ck0050 dacker3 years ago
An another alternative for the material could be EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate). I use it everywere. It comes in diferent colors, and density.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylene-vinyl_acetate
killbox3 years ago
I love this stuff, i keep a square of it in my laptop bag, and in my camera bag,

I call it Friction Enhancer, years ago i needed to run some mapping software on a laptop in my car, i could not figure out how to seatbelt it into the car, so i tried a large square of that stuff under the laptop on the seat, and it was amazing, i could slam on my brakes (did it as a test in a parkinglot and the laptop did not slide at all.

since then ive used it on my lap to keep said warm laptop from cooking me and keeping it from sliding around. Also used it as a makeshift tripod using a car roof and the grippy pad and my camera to take long exposure evening sunset shots.
waif693 years ago
This is exactly what I like to see here at Instructables! A cheap, easy, creative project that isn't obvious until you see it and then smack yourself in the forehead and say "now why didn't I think of that!"
dismissie3 years ago
What a great idea! My camera is always sliding out of it's felt holder- one of these would fix that!
sidthecat3 years ago
This strikes me as useful for a cell phone as well.
jakyo sidthecat3 years ago
I am thinking the same thing ,maybe line it ? cheers
This is a great gift for my friend and sister, thank you!
chanceler343 years ago
I have an old yoga mat made of "squishey stuff" that i dont use anymore, I'll Be sure to try this before shelling out 20 bucks for a case...
pop883 years ago
Good idea thank you
nishant99993 years ago
i may use it for my hard drive !
bookfreak533 years ago
I love this idea as I have a camera and I'm the kind of klutz who might also drop it from a water tower...strictly by accident, of course. Sigh... The squishy stuff (wonderful name) is also good for using to anchor light weight things like my home mobile phone charger. The dumb thing kept fell off the table every time my rescue kitties batted it. Now it sits on its own square bed of squishiness and I have one less reason to despair of teaching my kitties good manners. Thanks!!
First I thought you said your kitties "battled" it and I thought, how cute! Luddite kitties with little swords. Oh, wait, "batted". I'm a dork. Kitties are cute so that they can get away with no manners. And another great instructable, Smoochie!
This material is very useful for a number of different purposes. I work at a nursing home and we call it "dycem" for some reason. We put a large square of it under wheelchair cushions to prevent the cushions from sliding out and putting the resident at risk of falling onto the floor. I also use it at home between plastic-covered mattresses to prevent them from sliding around. It will also keep sheets tucked in. I also have thought of cutting a small square of the material to prevent my cell phone from sliding out of the small open storage compartment in the care as I am driving around. It may be the new "duct tape" phenomenon.
I love this idea! Thanks for posting it.
rodreid3 years ago
I have a portable hard drive that I have been unable to find the right case for. This will be perfect. Thanks for a great idea.
DavidNZ rodreid3 years ago
I also been looking for a case for my hard drive but never found one .This would be perfect thanks
disconnect3 years ago
this is brilliant!
evilution3 years ago
I wouldn't have thought that anything would slide that easily into a case made of non-slip matting. How about making a 2 ply case with a velvet layer on the inside. That would help it slide in and out of the case, would prevent scratches and would stop dirt and dust going through the holes onto the camera. Needless to say you could use a different colour velvet for an interesting 2 tone pattern. The velvet type layer would also provide a stronger sewn seam.
scoochmaroo (author)  evilution3 years ago
Sure could. You could even just use a layer of lining inside. I like that it's not slippery, as it doesn't slide out of its case unless I make it, meaning even less opportunity for me to drop it :D
jabowk3 years ago
You can also get the squishy stuff at Big Lots and Dollar Tree.
dwhole jabowk3 years ago
I bought some a while back @ Costco - $ per foot is way cheaper than 'bargain' stores. It's a big roll, and I've used it for many projects. Although I guess it does require you to pay for a membership, but if you already belong why not? I'm a bargain hunter, but sometimes the dollar store price per unit is way higher than most.
garavin3 years ago
Neat, and a good use for the "squishy stuff". Have you tried turning the case inside out to hide the stitched edges? Of course, you'd need to sew the velcro on the opposite sides of the lid and case front...
lynlet3 years ago
The "squishy stuff" is drawer liner or shelf line, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, etc. You can also sew a loop on the back to take a belt, wearing it around your waste for easy access.
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