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wolffepsyche
« on: April 11, 2010 11:50:15 AM »

After scouring ebay for a nice camera bag for my new (to me) DSLR I decided I could make one cheaper and - even better - with custom fabric. I finally finished it last night around midnight. Well, mostly. I'm going to embroider some top stitching around the top of the bag to try and clean it up a bit but other than that it's done. This one is definitely a prototype. I have to figure out a better way of doing the inside. It turned out okay, and is certainly functional, but it's not very pretty. Doing the topstitching to attach the lining to the outside of the bag was almost impossible with the padding in place. I'm going to have to think on that problem some more and see if I can come up with a better way of doing it. In any case, I'm still very pleased with the bag.


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Back. One big pocket for wallet, cell phone, keys, etc.


Front inside the flap. There are 6 pockets for lens caps, filters, CF cards, etc.


Inside loaded with my gear (2 lenses, flash, battery charger, camera body w/lens).
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010 04:24:11 PM »

Your bag is awesome! great work Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010 05:23:19 PM »

Brilliant!! Fantastic work Smiley
I think the inside of the bag looks fine, are the dividers movable or did you sew them in place?

I have been looking at the Epiphanie camera bags (and drooling) but never thought of making my own.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010 05:53:01 PM »

The dividers are sewn in. The lining ended up being a bit big, so it doesn't sit nicely inside and has bunching. It would have been easier in some ways to make moveable dividers with velcro, but that presented it's own set of challenges. If I make another one I might do it that way though.

Thanks for the lovely comments! It was a bear to make, but I really like it. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010 04:20:28 AM »

Awesome!!  You did an incredible job on that bag! Sweet!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2010 06:23:55 PM »

I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2010 08:14:19 AM »

great job, I like the print you used Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010 06:51:19 PM »

I really like the bag.  And the lining fabric is so pretty!

Would you consider making a tutorial?  I've just got a DSLR and like you don't want to buy a bag but yours looks much better than what I was thinking of making!

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010 07:21:36 AM »

I really like the bag.  And the lining fabric is so pretty!

Would you consider making a tutorial?  I've just got a DSLR and like you don't want to buy a bag but yours looks much better than what I was thinking of making!

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I probably won't make another one anytime soon and just text might be hard. The basics are that I used the zippered messenger bag tutorial from the giant list of tutorials. Then I adjusted the dimensions based on the size of my camera and lenses. I used a closed cell foam pad for the padding (a generic "camping pad" from Walmart). I hope that helps a little. If I ever make another one I'll be sure to take pictures and notes as I go.
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2010 05:31:29 PM »

Such a great bag! I've got a collection of DSLR bags but this one looks like the perfect combination of all mine! Mine with a flap doesn't have a zipper closure so I worry that things will fall out, my bag with the zipper doesn't have a flap covering the zipper so it doesn't look professional - this one solves both my issues! You did an awesome job with the sewing, especially as thick as it looks.
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2010 07:03:23 PM »


I probably won't make another one anytime soon and just text might be hard. The basics are that I used the zippered messenger bag tutorial from the giant list of tutorials. Then I adjusted the dimensions based on the size of my camera and lenses. I used a closed cell foam pad for the padding (a generic "camping pad" from Walmart). I hope that helps a little. If I ever make another one I'll be sure to take pictures and notes as I go.

That does help!  You did an awesome job.
*off to work out my measurements*
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2010 05:54:35 PM »

Hey! I think it is awsome. It could be great getting a tutorial.
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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2010 11:52:17 PM »

Looooooooooove!
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2010 01:00:39 PM »

Very nice!  Finding a camera bag that holds everything nicely is hard.  How cool to make one that does just what you need it to!  And I love the zipper!  My bag just has a buckle and I'm so nervous about trusting it! 
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2010 02:13:04 PM »

Wow, girl, I bet that was a bear to make, but you made it just perfectly!  Love the fabric choices and I bet you get a ton of compliments on it when you carry it!  Wow!

I've made some laptop bags and made one with extra padding, and oh my, that was not fun to put together and sew!  So, I hear ya!  But, you've inspired me, I think I'll have to try making a camera bag now!
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2010 09:06:31 PM »

Where did you get the outside fabric!? I love it..

And I love the bag!
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2010 10:56:49 PM »

Love the bag, looks professionally made but with your own touch to it with this fabric!
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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2010 08:22:48 AM »

Where did you get the outside fabric!? I love it..

And I love the bag!

I got it at my favorite local quilters fabric store, but I've seen it on Etsy too. I think it's a Robert Kaufman, but I'm not sure.

And thanks!

We actually just got back from a 4 day cruise and the bag worked beautifully. It's a bit big for casual shoots though, so I plan to make one that's just big enough for the camera body and my most used lens. I may do a tutorial then, we'll see. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2010 02:10:17 PM »

LoL I have been trying for the past 3 weeks to make up some type of DSLR bag.... I have my DSLR - Olympus Evolt 510 & 2 lenses, along with all the batteries, cards, etc etc..... AND I have a camcorder as well.  I don't use it with my photography, but right now I have 2 small black bags with separate cameras in, and I want to combine them into 1 bag.  I also want a cool "chick" bag.  I ALSO want to create a small bag I can stick my other lens in along with extra batteries and cards for when I'm walking around because I don't want to carry the big one all throughout the shoot.  I have a big wedding this coming weekend.... so trying to get it all together!!!  LoL I actually attempted one last weekend with cardboard.  Which would have been perfect, except you can't sew in all the corners once you get started on the cardboard..... *groan*!  So I'm going to look into these messenger bags short like lunch bags........... lol.  Good luck!
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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2010 02:54:20 PM »

Awesome. When I was shopping for my camera bag I was totally bummed that there was nothing cool and/or pretty and/or funky. I mean, they have bright coloured cases for compact cameras, why not for SLRs? I ended up with a really nice boring black one. It was a gift too, so I didn't have to pay for it.

Okay, the point to the rant is that I think yours is awesome. Way to be creative.
 
I'm thinking about trying to make a smaller one that just holds the camera but none of the other junk. They sell yoga mats at the dollar store now and I'm thinking that might work well for padding. (They're crappy dollar store yoga mats that seem to just be that sort of closed cell foam stuff.)

Good work!!
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« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2010 07:16:25 AM »

Wow!  this is awesome!
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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2013 04:34:43 AM »

I so need one of these as my camera stuff keeps growing Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2013 07:56:52 AM »

Great job! Camera bags are tough. I made a bag almost exactly like this a couple years ago for a client and it was pretty involved. She wanted the padded sections to be adjustable though.
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