I only had the small individual camera bag that was in Walmart's discount section and it served me well as I was trying to start out. But as the business grows, so does my equipment. And it's getting Wedding Season and we're excited that we have some serious weddings booked. So I needed a bag that I could use to hold multiple gear but I can't afford to purchase the nice bags they have out there, and with my unlucky streak, I never won a giveaway... But not to fret... I just had to make one.
Let me first state that I am far from crafty. I can't sew. I know very little about making things. But I improvised and decided to share with you, all you other NON creative people with a budget, a simple way to make a camera bag. So bare with me...
I wanted a bag with bones that could safely frame my camera gear, and that had the multiple strap options. I scored with this Calvin Klein bag from Ross.... you'll never guess how much?!?
I try to use as many materials from home. Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. The batting was spare that my parents used to redo their dining room chairs. The fabric was clearance pieces that I had picked up and well, the glue and scissors I found lying around in craft box in my mother's collection. But I know you can find this stuff incredibly affordable at craft stores. Anyway, there are some steps I missed capturing on camera, but you can get the gist...
I took the batting and folded it in layers to be thick enough for a safe cushion. I cut it to size of the bag, with a lot of testing it inside the bag to make sure it would line the inside of the bag just right.
Then, I got fabric and covered the batting. I used fabric glue since I have NO IDEA how to sew. Plus, it was less time ;)
I decided I didn't want to PERMANENTLY turn this purse into a camera bag, so I had to find a way to make the "padding" removable. SO I USED VELCRO PATCHES.
Kelly Moore bag, I can just have this as a purse).
This being the end result of what the padding looks like inside the purse. It isn't that fancy. Not professional, but it does the job quite well!!!
Look! Even the Jossie likes it!
I know it's nothing too special. But for this mama working hard to get her little business off the ground and look professional doing it, this bag just boosted my spirits!