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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With your camera in the sleeve, fold down the heel flap, and while holding it down, pull the other end of the sock tightly around the camera. Start by bringing it up, so it goes in front of the heel flap, then wrap it over the top and around the back, then back under the bottom and in front.

Hopefully your sock will wrap this far while pulled a bit tight but not too much so.


Unwrap it partway, but hold the sock part that first comes up in front of the flap in place. Hold on to the spot where the middle of the sock was directly in front of the flap, touching the first hole. Cut a slit right there, through both layers, so all the holes should line up when the sock is wrapped around the camera.

The slit needs to be just big enough to fit the wrist strap.


The case is done; now you just need to close it up! With the camera in the sleeve, bring the wrist strap through the hole in the flap. Then bring the sock up, the way you wrapped it, and thread the strap through that second hole. Now wrap the sock around the back, as before, but this time open the end and pull it up around the whole thing.

It's a weird little case, but I think it's cute!


If you want to sew: Some hand-stitching around the holes, securing the two layers together, will make it easier to bring the strap through, and you could add a cute embellishment by using a contrasting thread color!

So, you have the strap hanging out to hold it by, and it's all snugly protected. The only problem with this version is that it's not superquick to put the case on, so it's not good for slipping it in and out a lot. If you want to make a simpler version, with no cutting and no strap, just slip your camera all the way into the sock and wrap it up the same way.

The strapless version is supereasy, and you don't even need scissors!



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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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