How to Make No-Sew Camera Sleeves with Recycled Socks

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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You can use a couple of old, worn-out socks to make one of these unique digital camera cases.
Leave the wrist strap hanging out to carry the cased camera by.
If you did the two-drawstring method, you close the case by simply pulling the two ends.
You can use a couple of old, worn-out socks to make one of these unique digital camera cases.

You can use a couple of old, worn-out socks to make one of these unique digital camera cases.

Photo: Lee Meredith
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If you want to sew: If you have the same hole issue that I did, you can stitch around it so it looks more like an intended reverse appliqué circle, or you could cover up the whole thing with a button or embroidery.

Version #2: Drawstring Closure

You'll need:

  • Either one very thick sock, or two or three socks, depending on thickness (tube socks are best)
  • Some kind of cord or string, about 8 inches long
  • Drawstring stopper
  • Scissors
  • A safety pin

Another option is to use two drawstring cords and no stopper, in case you don't have a stopper to recycle. As for the cord or string, I like to use strips of T-shirt fabric—when you cut it into a strip and pull it, it makes a nice cord.

For this sample, I used one superthick, double-layered sock, so no layering was necessary.


Start out exactly how the first version started—layer your socks if you're using multiples, and turn in on itself to form the camera sleeve. Once you have the sleeve made (so the toe is inside the ankle), then cut two small slits through one layer of the sock(s) at the top of the sleeve on one side or in the front. The best way to do this is to bring your hand up through the bottom of the sleeve, between the ankle-end outside and the toe-end inside, so your fingers are up at the top of the camera sleeve, inside in the middle of the layers. Then cut the slits so you can see your fingers.

The slits need only be about a quarter inch long and about a quarter inch apart.


If you are going for the two drawstrings, no stopper option, repeat that step on the other side of the case, so you'll have four slits total, two on each side. Now pin a safety pin onto one edge of your drawstring, and thread it into one slit, around the top of the case, and through the other slit.

It's easy to guide the cord through with the safety pin on the end.


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Comments (3)

ElsyF12 writes: This is such a cute idea! I knitted my current camera case, but it turned out bigger than I expected, so I will definitely have to try this!
Posted: 8:25 pm on March 16th
MeredithP writes: I love this colorful idea. I'm sure it would be easy to find some wild socks at the thrift store. I so need a camera case. This is great...Thanks so much!
Posted: 6:45 pm on February 9th
RubyKitty writes: That's a fun idea. The camera cases you usually get are just boring black or grey, so these are a nice change.
Posted: 3:35 am on February 1st
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