#DIY Camera Purse Bag

Last Fall, I was in the market for a new camera bag, but after looking around and even buying a couple of bags that were made specifically for camera purses, they just weren’t all that I wanted. I wanted a purse, that looked like a purse, but something that would be able to hold my Nikon, 2 lenses, external flash, extra batteries, memory cards, my wallet, a few personal things like keys, lipstick, and even my iPad. The camera bags that I have just didn’t hold everything and if they were meant to, it was too bulky and uncomfortable to carry.

With my love for Coach bags, I thought I’d check out the Coach Factory Outlet and see what they had in the clearance section.

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What I really wanted was a black leather Coach bag.

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Then there it was. ONE BLACK LEATHER Coach bag…. with purple satin inside. Red, purple and black are my favorite colors. I tried my best not to drool on it and ruin it before I could get it out of the store.

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Luckily for me, this bag was on the clearance section, which was 75% off retail price, then I had a discounted postcard for another 30% off the sale price. *singing * Heaven must have known what I wanted! I ended up spending about $35.00 for this black Coach bag.

Don’t worry, no sewing is involved, so no Coach bags were harmed in the making of this beauty.

DIY Camera Bag – Camera Purse

What I bought:

  • 1/4 thick foam square
  • Fabric glue
  • Velcro
  • 1 bandana (you can use any fabric. I found this over in the craft aisle in a set of two.)
    • The green foam inserts are from another camera purse bag that I purchased.

Yup, that’s it. The most expensive part was the foam square. That buggar was about $15.00 for that small square.

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I bought Aileen’s Super Fabric Platinum Bond glue.

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I took the glue and made a line across the outside section of the foam. then folded the bandana fabric over, crossed it & applied the glue in the fold so it was secure.

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The glue dries pretty fast, so I was able to add the covered foam in the center of my Coach Bag.

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I really liked the way this looked! The purple on the outer pockets, along with the pink and black just made it all pull together beautifully.

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Since I already had a couple of camera bags that had inserts, I used those, but used the Velcro that I bought, measured it, put the Velcro on the inserts, added the same fabric glue to the inserts, then added inside the bag where I wanted them.

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And here is my Coach bag, as a camera bag. I am in love! When I want to use my Coach bag as a regular purse, all I have to do is pull the middle insert out and use. When I want to use as a camera purse, I just put the foam back in and my camera, lenses, flash & iPad are safe and ready to travel with.

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It’s not recommended that you travel with your lens on your camera, so when I travel, I have my camera body closed with the cap on, and my lens(es) along side, but if I am out site-seeing, I can shift the Velcro’d padding center pieces and walk around with my camera with the lens on, as well as with my flash.

Comments

  1. very cool!

  2. This is such a super, super idea. I just moved up to a Nikon camera last weekend after having a point and shoot camera for many, many years that I was able to carry around in my purse, and my Husband and Daughter keep asking me what I was going to do about carrying my new camera around with me. Now I know what I can do. Thank you for sharing.

  3. GAW-jus, simply gaw-jus!
    I have a Coach outlet near me, I spend at least an hour every time I go there because I have to look at and touch all the pretty bags.

  4. No, the fabric is glued to the foam, and the foam is just inserted in the middle so I can take it out and use in another purse with a similar layout. :-)

  5. So did you glue the foam into the purse or just set it in. BTW super cute and I love the Coach bag.

  6. Looks great! This past week I was was thinking about trying this myself. Now I have a better idea of how to go about it! Thanks!!!! :bye:

  7. About to fix it now. Thank you for letting me know.

  8. Hey sweetie your pictures aren’t loading for some reason :(