This got me to thinking - "could I make one myself ?" I looked around pinterest and found that Vanilla and Lace had the same idea as me, and posted a DIY on making one. Also, a new follower to this blog made a camera bag/purse. Her name is Brie from Breezy Pink Daisies. I found out we like a lot of the same things. I already had my diy bag in the makings and guess what I saw on her blog? A purse made over in almost the exact same fabric. I guess great minds think alike....Ha..Ha! Moving on to the bag -
Here's what I came up with for my DIY Camera Bag / Purse.
I began by looking for some girly fabric and bought 1/2 yard of it. I ended up using less than half of it.
Now I needed a cute purse, so off to Ross I went and found this cute bag for $23.
I was sad to find out that this purse was too floppy and would "cave in" too much so I returned the purse. On to plan B, I had a $1 garage sale purse sitting on my closet self...not as cute as the first purse but the bottom is more stable. It also has a zippered top which will help protect my camera from the elements.
I then began to shop my house for the other supplies I needed.
The first thing was some left over foam from a previous project. I began measuring the inside of the purse ~ bottom, height and width. After getting the measurement, I moved on to cutting strips of foam to match the measurements.
To add a little more stability and firmness to bottom of the purse, I cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the foam. I sprayed the cardboard with spray glue and added the foam on top of it. I then slipped into the "pillow case" of fabric. To finish the open side seam I simply hand stitched it shut. On the two long side pieces I sewed a strip of Velcro.
I also applied Velcro to the sides of the smaller partitions.
The purse already had two built in pockets that work perfect for sd card storage. It also has a zippered pocket where I can store lens cloth and miscellaneous small items including the small tripod I got on a garage sale for .25 cents.
Here's how it looks with all the camera supplies.
The entire project only cost me $3 including the price of the purse.
I'd say that makes for a pretty budget friendly and thrifty bag!