Ever since I purchased my DSLR camera I have been hunting for the perfect bag. I have some nice small ones that are good for a quick trip where I only need to pack 1 or 2 lenses, but I really needed something to fit EVERYTHING for when I need to pack it all up. I have been looking for something that didn’t scream “CAMERA BAG”, that was nicely padded (I had one “oops” already and don’t ever want to scare myself like that again)….and oh, and did I mention I didn’t want to spend a fortune for it?
After months of searching I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to find what I needed. I started playing around with the idea making one of my own but got a little overwhelmed given my schedule. But….when packing up for my craft show this weekend I came across this diaper bag that I made several years ago….
This diaper bag was a BEAR to make (you can read about it HERE)….and it has been sitting in the back of my basement since I finished it because honestly, the thing
pis annoyed me so much I really wanted nothing to do with it. But…that was years ago, and this bag is HUGE, trendy and made with a ton of buckram so it is amazingly sturdy! PERFECT!
I spent about an hour transforming this bag into a well-padded protective case for my gear. While this isn’t an official tutorial (I just didn’t have the time to set up and plan for a full out tute), I threw together some guidelines on how I did this. See my how-to after the jump!
Since this bag was already finished, I had no way of attaching Velcro to the interior sides so I decided making an insert was my best option. I had checked out a few tutorials I found on the web, but all seemed to be too complicated. You know me…quick and easy. So, I came up with the following.
And stitched them in….
Then I added the center piece of foam
I closed the opening and put this inside my bag…
A PERFECT, snug fit.
Now, I could’ve spent the time making the little inserts (and I still may when I have a bit more time), but I was able to use the ones from my other camera case, along with a little pad (the green thing) I had made a while ago that I use to pad the camera when toting it around in my regular pocketbook.
This bag fits everything AND has room to spare. The best part is all the extra pockets I have to store my wires, batteries, memory cards, etc.
Total cost: $12.00 plus 1 hour time.