It has been more than a decade since I first met my friend Jessica online. We came together over a mutual interest in cloth diapering and natural parenting. We shared a drive for growing our online businesses and, in the midst of it all, we came to know each other on a very personal level – talking daily about our kids, cloth diapers, relationships, challenges of parenting, personal growth, lack of sleep, and of course, work. We worked A LOT.
Jess and I finally met face to face at a blogging conference in 2006 and forever sealed our friendship. In 2007 we attended the same blogging conference together, in 2009 I flew out to help take care of her and her family a few days after the birth of her 4th baby, and last summer (2011) our families finally met up when Jess and her husband invited us to stay with them at the halfway point of our family’s 3-week trek across the Central and Western United States.
I guess what I’m trying to say is we have a long history and I truly love this gal and her family.
Sooooo…when she shared with me a bit of what her family was going through financially I naturally wanted to help. And when I read her blog post, The State of the Union, I knew just how I could do it…I could brag.
stolen borrowed photos from her site and her flickr, no less.)
Back in December 2011, Jess started making beautiful, custom DSLR fabric camera straps as well as simpler, but equally fun Point & Shoot fabric camera straps.
She sent the one you see in the photo at the top of this post for my birthday and I love, love, love it. I still use it almost every single day.
As you can tell from my Instagram photo directly above, my camera strap looks just as nice now as the day I received it in the mail.
Since then, Jessica has sewn and sold several other straps in a variety of different colors and prints.
The DSLR straps are about 23″ long with the nylon webbing adding even more length. The entire strap can be adjusted to be as long as 50″ if preferred.
The webbing is 3/8″ wide and fits most DSLR cameras.
She also sews Custom DSLR Patchwork Camera Straps.
The girl’s got skillz.
Best yet, she’s uber picky (which totally jives with my anal retentiveness) about what she puts her name on, so you are guaranteed a high quality product.
Each of the camera straps are secured with leather ends (vinyl is available if you desire it). The fabric is cut out by hand and then she sandwiches the webbing between the fabric as she sews.
To prevent the feed dogs from scratching up the leather she uses tear-away paper on the underside. Like I said, she is very detailed in the way she works.
If you don’t need a long strap, you may want to consider her shorter Custom Point & Shoot Camera Wrist Straps. These measure 14 – 14.5″ inches around and have adjustable metal hardware so you can cinch the strap to comfortably fit around your wrist.
As with the longer DSLR straps, the fabric is 100% cotton, fully lined with interfacing for durability, but unlike the DSLR straps, this one only measures 14 – 14.5″ around.
Fabric Selection: Jessica has a significant fabric stash of her own you can choose from or you can also send your own fabric and she’ll create a strap from it.
Soooooo…if you are in the market for a camera strap, I encourage you to visit her store. After all, it’s for a good cause.
I’m actually wondering if I can order one of the wristlets and turn it into a key fob.