ReStyled Vol. I: Camera Bag Insert

February 3, 2011

ReStyled Vol. I: After
As you all might know by now, I recently bought a new DSLR. Unfortunately, it wouldn't fit in my old camera bag. Which I didn't use often anyways, because I don't like to carry two bags. Most women probably agree that the average camera bag is not very… stylish? Or let's say it doesn't look very feminine. Although there are some cute camera bags out there (like Epiphanie or Jo Totes), they don't fit my student budget.
Soo here's what I came up with:
ReStyled Vol. I: Before
Take a bag you really like. Honestly, this is a lot of work and I wouldn't recommend doing it for a bag you might not like anymore in 2-3 months. I took the Fossil Weekender I normally use for school or for grocery shopping etc. since a lot of stuff fits in it. For protection and stability I used an old camping mat as lining. The only thing that I had to buy was a velcro fabric that enables me to restyle the bag quickly (I paid 3,15euros about 2 yards. A pretty cheap camera bag, huh?).
Finished Camera Bag Insert
This is what the finished insert looks like. I didn't care what the outside would look like since I plan to have it in my bag permanently. I used a dotted fabric my mom had on hand to make it somewhat more colorful. Unfortunately, the velcro fabric was only available in a blueish-grey tone. I'm not particularly fond of the color, but at least it's light so I find all the stuff quickly :) 
Camera Bag Insert: Details
My dad has a fancy crumpler camera bag where I saw inlets that were round-shaped. I liked the idea. It's perfect for lenses or just storing a water bottle to make sure it stays in place and you don't risk having your drink spilled in your bag.
New Camera Bag
And this is what the camera bag looks like when it's empty. For school, I just take out all the inlets and I have a sturdy bah. The padded inlet is also great for carrying around a laptop and other stuff that shouldn't b handled too roughly.
If you have any questions on how to make a camera bag insert, go ahead and ask me. I'm not an expert, but think I could give you some useful advice 🙂 You don't need a lot of sewing experience, either.
Much love,

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  • Reply Andrea Walborn February 3, 2011 at 17:57

    That looks great! Good job.

  • Reply Mademoiselle Marie February 3, 2011 at 18:24

    Thank you, Andrea 🙂

  • Reply Jackspratandhiswife.blogspot.com February 20, 2011 at 23:03

    I love this!! You are so talented! My sister and I made one today, but yours takes the cake! 🙂 GREAT job!

  • Reply Andrey Brilevskiy March 18, 2011 at 12:54

    Hi Marie!
    That looks great! Good job.
    I am faced with the same activity: extending the bag to carry my photo stuff.
    Could you please describe how did you find the "velcro fabric"?
    May be the shop could send "velcro fabric" by mail…

  • Reply Mademoiselle Marie March 18, 2011 at 21:59

    Hi Andrey!
    Unfortunately, the shop where I bought the fabric doesn't have an online shop at all.
    The people in the shop didn't know what 'velcro fabric' is like either, so I looked for a fabric with a rough structure. I took a piece of velcro with me and bought the fabric that it stuck to the most.
    Hope that helps a little.
    Good luck finding a suitable fabric 🙂

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