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Camera Bag Purse

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As a female photographer, I always wished I could combine my purse and my camera bag so I didn't feel like such a clunky fool wandering around with two bags. I did some research, and found that real designer camera purses are a hefty chunk of change, so I figured I could make my own for around 20 bucks! Super cheap, super easy, super fashionable.
 
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Step 1: Materials!

Here's a list of what you'll need:
          - Purse (I got mine from a thrift store for $2. Make sure it's large enough for your camera and extra lenses and such. Also,  extra pockets on the outside are super handy for purse things, since you won't be using the pockets inside.)
         - Fabric 1 yd (I chose a flannel print, since it's softer)
         - Soft foam 1/2" thick approximately 24.5"x18" (Depends on the size of your purse.)
         - Scissors
         - Velcro (either sew on, or ready to stick. I used sew on.)
         - Measuring tape
         - Optional: Quilt batting for extra cushion

If you have a sewing machine, by all means use it! If you're going to hand sew, like I did, you're going to need:
     
 - Thread that matches your fabric
       - Pins 
       - Needles
      - Optional: Thimble. 

Step 2: Step 1: Measuring and cutting foam

Measure your purse to determine how large your foam inserts will be. I flipped my purse upside down and measured the bottom of it, since it's a lot easier. 

Using a marker, trace out these measurements on your foam, and cut.

You should end up with five pieces for your general shape: one for the bottom of your purse, 2 for the large panels of your purse, and 2 for the smaller panels.

You will also cut out removable pieces that will later be velcro-ed into your bag. These should be measured by the height and width of your purse. 

Note: Take into consideration the thickness of your foam. Do not measure your purse to the T, since the foam will fit a little too snugly. Give yourself a bit of leeway.
sallen366 months ago
you just made my week. awesome work!!
katvanlew2 years ago
I'm going to make one of these for my daughter, she takes her camera everywhere! it's a great idea!
amaltby (author)  katvanlew2 years ago
Thank you! I'm sure she'll love and appreciate it.
That is such a cute idea! There are sometimes I just don't want to carry around the camera bag, but I can't carry around my camera without it! I have extra old purses too! I can't wait to try this!
amaltby (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
I'm so excited about this camera bag! I'm glad you like it!
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