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I recently purchased my first DSLR camera. And I have to say, I absolutely love it! So of course I want to take it on a trip to Paris coming up. But then I was faced with a problem... how can I carry it around? I didn't want to bring the big clunky bag that it came with (not only was the bag clunky, but also has Nikon printed on it... advertising my camera bag to possible pickpockets).

So I decided to make my own camera bag, by creating a removable insert for my purse. Using materials that I already had around the house, I developed this cute, customizable, and easy to make travel bag, perfect for fitting my camera, while still being large enough to carry all my other travelling needs. It's the perfect carry-on!

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this project you will need:

- a large purse (I found one on sale at Sears, but any big purse will work)

- 1.5 cm wide foam

- 1 yard of fabric (I used blue fleece that I had lying around)

- Velcro

- black marker

- Sewing supplies (needle, yarn, pins, scissors)

<p>I love these. People turn so many things into camera bags. This one looks spiffy. And as you start collecting more lenses, you can probably sew in one more divider and fit two lenses side-by-side in the compartment you are using for miscellany now. One thing I would change personally is the felt. Perhaps this is not a problem, but I would fear the pills from the felt or felt dust, what have you, would dirty my lenses and make it into the sensor when I changed lenses somehow. I guess if you stick with the one lens, though, this is not a problem. I do know photogs who buy a separate body for each lens, and while this seems a little finicky to me, who am I to argue?</p>
<p>About 20 years ago, I converted a kid's soft side lunch box into a camera bag. Not only did it look nothing like a camera case, but I only needed to add a partition, as the insulation was enoigh padding outside.</p>
<p>What a great way to re-purpose a lunch bag! I hadn't thought of that, but I imagine it worked wonderfully</p>
<p>What a wonderful idea! Why did it take so long for someone to come up with it?</p>

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