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« 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.


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.
« 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!
« 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!


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.
« 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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