I promptly headed out shopping (with coupons of course) and purchased a bag for around $20-30. I made sure to get a bag that had both short straps and a long strap to give me options when carrying it. This is the bag I chose (actually in it's finished state).
I didn't find the headliner fabric at JoAnn's so I bought the cheapest foam I could find. It was about $3-5 for a 1 inch thick sheet. I also got the stiffest needlepoint canvas they had (to give the bag structure).
I didn't take pictures of the process and be thankful I didn't! It was ugly. ha! It was pretty much trial and error with the canvas and foam. I cut them both down to size and attached them with spray adhesive. I made canvas/foam pieces for the bottom and the longer sides. I ran out of foam so for the ends I used batting and hot glued fabric over the batting and canvas.
If you were to look inside the lining of my bag it wouldn't be pretty...but it's all covered up, so who cares? The trickiest part about this bag was the shape. It's narrower at the top so I had to trim the foam/canvas to be curved in these spots. After the fact I figured out I could have gotten away with not turning the bag inside out, as I could have just pulled the liner out. I had trouble turning the bag right side out and had to re-open the liner to get everything in the right place. But in the end I have a cheap, cute and padded camera bag!
|(Since my DSLR is the only camera I have I couldn't show it inside to show how roomy it is)|
Total Project Cost: $30-35
Time to Make: an hour or two, just however long it takes you to customize it for your bag
If you have a DSLR camera, what do you use for a camera bag?