Days after I put in the big order for my gorgeous turquoise Belle Epiphanie bag, I stumbled across Little Miss Famous' DIY bag via I Heart Faces. (Update: her link is not longer working: try this Vanilla and Lace instead for more details....)
I was so impressed by her cleverness, that I quickly emailed the link to my ultra crafty mom (who is now somewhat tech savvy--she knows how to do email AND book airline tickets), to put in a Christmas gift request.
Anyway, being impatient (who can wait until Christmas???) I decided to make one myself--like shoes, a gal can not have too many camera bags (I think I now am up to 6--egads, do not tell my husband!).
So using the helpful tips from Little Miss Famous as well as numerous other tips from DIYers, (Google "DIY camera bag"and you will find a plethora of crafty, clever photographers), I made this sassy, patent pleather bag!
My total cost was $33--$22 for the bag, $7 for the foam, $4 for the material. I already had the hot glue gun and glue sticks. This was a total no-sew project. I did buy velcro for all of the foam pieces but decided I didn't really need it, the foam pieces fit together nicely without it.
This was a great project for a rainy afternoon and only took me about an hour (and a few blisters). While I doubt I would use this for a big photo shoot, it will come in handy when I go out with friends or up to The City and want to schlep my camera in a safe, padded bag.
Now, I'm eyeing the other purses cluttering my closet. I have a feeling I will be making some foam inserts for my super cute brown Coach bag soon, too!