DIY Padded Camera Lens Case

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

 

Sometimes when I travel I like to carry my camera around my neck and an extra lens in my purse/backpack instead of carrying my large camera bag around with me.  The only problem with this is that sometimes the lenses can get jostled around a bit and need to be protected.  I’ve had these padded camera lens cases on my “to make” list for a while now and finally sat down and made some for my upcoming London trip.

 

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

I designed them in 3 sizes small, medium and large. The large case I made for my zoom lens and the the small one fits my 35 mm lens quite well. The medium one was designed for my 18-200 mm lens but it also fits snugly in the small case. You can pick and choose which size you’d like to make based on which lenses you have.

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Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Okay, ready to make a lens case for yourself? Here’s how.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

 

To make the cases you’ll need:

2 Fat Quarters per case

1/4″ foam

1/4″ wide ribbon

Walking foot for sewing machine

Extra wide double fold bias tape

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Cutting Guidelines:

Large Case: 

From the 1/4″ foam cut:

1- 5″ diameter circles

1 piece 17″ x 8″

From the outside fabric cut:

1- 5″ diameter circle

2 pieces 17″ x 8″ (I cut one each one with the stripes going a different direction to add variety)

From the lining fabric cut:

1- 5″ diameter circle

1 piece 17″ x 8″

Medium Case:

From the 1/4″ foam cut:

1- 5″ diameter circle

1 piece 17″ x 6″

From the outside fabric cut:

1- 5″ diameter circle

1 piece 17″ x 6″

1 piece 17″ x 8″

From the lining fabric cut:

1- 5″ diameter circle

1 piece 17″ x 6″

Small Case:

From the 1/4″ foam cut:

1- 4″ diameter circle

1 piece 13.5″ x 5″

From the outside fabric cut:

1- 4″ diameter circle

1 piece 13.5″ x 5″

1 piece 13.5″ x 8″

From the lining fabric cut:

1- 4″ diameter circle

1 piece 13.5″ x 5″

Assembly instructions are the same for all 3 sizes of case. The small case is used as an example for instructions. For each case the 8″ tall pieces are for the gathered part at the top. All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated.

Begin by sewing the 13.5″ x 5″ outside piece right sides together along the 5″ side. Press the seam open.

Pin this piece to the 4″ circle piece. (just a note, I used the lining circle here for contrast). Use lots of pins and go slow. Depending on how you pin and the size of your seam allowance, it may not match the circle. If it doesn’t adjust the seam on the outside piece until it fits. If you adjust this seam allowance make sure you adjust it also for the lining piece (the next steps).

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

 

Stitch the circle to the case. You may get a few gathers but that’s okay. If you get a large pucker unpick it and flatten it out. Set aside.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Using the walking foot on your sewing machine, stitch the lining piece to the foam piece at regular intervals. This will help the lining from shifting around as you sew.

Sew this piece together as you did for the outside piece. Place the foam circle on the wrong side of the fabric circle piece. Sew this piece to the circle the same way you did in step one.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

 

Trim all seam allowances down to 1/8″ – 1/4″.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

With wrong sides facing slip the case outside over the case lining.  Pin in place.

Press the 13.5″ x 8″ piece in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. unfold. Stitch along the 8″ side, leaving a 1″ hole in the center (1/2″ on each side of the fold you made). Be sure to back-stitch.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Refold piece.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Create a casing by sewing 1/2″ down from the fold.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Slip it over the case with the raw edges facing. Stitch in place very close to the edge. Using a walking foot for this step may help feed the fabric more evenly.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Finish the raw edge with bias tape. For a tutorial on how to sew with bias tape click here. Flip this piece up to and insert ribbon in the casing to create the gathered top of the case.

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Feed ribbon through the casing and pull on the strings!

Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

That’s it you’re done!
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Comments

  1. says

    These are great, and so practical! My dad is a huge camera addict and I’m always looking for fun crafting projects I can make him for gifts. These would be perfect!

  2. says

    I hardly ever take more than one lens with me because I don’t have anything to keep it protected – problem solved! And I have a ton of fun fabrics that will be perfect for making some cases. These would make a great gift for my photographer friends, too!

  3. says

    What a great idea! A lot of times all I carry is a second lens instead of a whole camera bag and I usually just wind up wrapping it in a bandana or a t-shirt. It still rolls around in the bottom of my giant purse.

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  1. […] Melissa from Polka Dot Chair shows how you can make padded cases to hold your extra camera lenses.  They have padding on the sides and the bottom, and a drawstring top to keep dust out.  They’re a lot less expensive to make than buying the ones from the camera store, plus they look a lot prettier.  She gives dimensions to make a small, medium, and large camera lens pouch. Get the tutorial at Polka Dot Chair. […]

  2. […] This tutorial on a DIY padded camera lens case is awesome. I wish I could have time to make one before leaving for vacation next week. Who knows though, maybe I’ll get crafty this weekend? […]

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