Wednesday, May 5, 2010

my new camera bag...

i have been obsessing about getting a fun, stylish and functional camera bag.  small burst had a post on her blog about her wanting a new camera bag and she posted a few different companies.     my s-i-l tweeted me asking me if i was looking for a camera bag and she gave me the same recommendations that small burst had posted about.  funny thing is, i've already had my eye on the same ones!  here they are...
photo source: kelly moore bags
price tag:  $199.00


photo source: kelly moore bags
photo source: epiphanie bags
price tag: $164.99
as much as i loved both of them it was way, way over the budget and since i tire of bags fairly quickly i wasn't going to sink $200 on one.  back in december when the family purchased my nikon it came with a camera bag but i didn't use it.  well, the inside of this bag had removable pads and right then i had a d.i.y. moment.  i thought what if i just find an inexpensive bag and used the paddings from this camera bag? hummmm....
since that idea came to mind a few weeks ago i have been on the hunt for something suitable.  something that fit my requirements of fun, stylish and functional. today i found this at kohl's...
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and it was perfect!  the perfect size, style and color on sale for 50% off plus i had a 15% off coupon.  the total price for this purchase $25.00.  then i bought some stick on velcro strips from the fabric store for $2.50.

i added it to the back of the velcro that was already on all of the padding and i stuck it into my newly purchased bag.
and voila!  i now have my fun, stylish & functional make-shift camera bag which cost me less than $28.00 dollars!  woot! woot!  i know it's not a kelly moore or an epiphanie but it's good enough for me!
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i heart my new camera bag and even my kids were impressed with what i came up with!
it is quite loveLee, don't you think?

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33 comments:

Sandy a la Mode said...

alely - will you buy and make me one too???? i want i want i want haha! i use a big black video camera bag and it is sooo NOT cute! i need to really look into getting a cute camera bag... our one year anniversary is coming up... =)

sandra said...

this is genius!
i, too, have been looking for a bag since like forever-even before i bought my camera. i've been using my film camera bag--which i don't like because it has all the extra strappies for the films--and it sucks. i put that into another bag--that i also don't like-that i got from Guatemala but it's so flimsy it drives me nuts and the vintage messenger i want is like $200.
thanks so much for posting this!
sorry for the long post lol

Cara said...

SO SO loveleeee and so diy! I LOVE IT. Nice save in the pocketbook, too!!

xoxox

darrah said...

This is such a great idea! I may have to steal it!

Jessica Hills said...

I totally want to do this now! Thanks for sharing!

trishie said...

I am very impressed with your bag!!!

PS: i'm hosting a giveaway, be sure to enter! http://trishiekoh.blogspot.com/2010/05/earrings-giveaway.html

{Sarah} said...

I really wanted one of those Epiphanie bags too, but couldn't believe how expensive they were! I thought about doing the same thing you did but then I found a great Lowepro messenger bag that works perfect to keep my journal, wallet, camera, a small water bottle and a novel in, for 100$. Since I'm still on the hunt for something stylish, I'm going to take your advice. Thanks for the great post.

jennifer young said...

functional and stylish is a must! i need a camera bag stat! thanks for sharing these :)
j.

Gracie said...

Wow! That's really stylish and functional. It's really gorgeous and makes me want a fancy camera and a pretty bag to house it :)

I love those bags you posted too. The belle and lola are lovely.

Suzanne said...

Did I know you were crafty too? Amazing!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I find it great! Love the photos of bags!
Hope you're having a great day!
Betty xx

jen@odbt said...

So love-lee :) What a great idea. I've been eyeing those bags too but way over my budget. Might have to make a visit to Kohls.

MadsaboutU said...

Great DIY project. I always love it when people come up with ideas such as these. love the photos too.

Maegan Beishline said...

Oh, wow, Alely! You go! I am more than impressed! What an amazing idea. I broke down and purchsed an epiphane bag a couple of months ago...and I do love it but it was expensive!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

and you did an amazing job!!

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Fantastic idea! Good job!!!

Phuong said...

What a nice idea! Love it!!

Rachel Lynn said...

I so need a prettier camera bag, but I can't spend all that money. I've been debated sewing one up myself, but haven't taken the plunge on that one yet.

Sachiko said...

This is such a nice idea, I love it!! Thank you for linking to my party!

Becky said...

Great post. LOVE these. I've had my eye on a canvas Emera bag (http://www.emerabags.com/) but these may change my mind!

The Hines Family said...

It's SO cute!! :-)

anika said...

Auntie!
This is incredible. I love it.
Oh my goodness!

alicia said...

I love this camera bag. It's so adorable!!

Jennifer said...

Found you through a comment on flickr and I wanted to say what a great idea this is!! It's hard to find a pretty camera bag that isn't an arm and a leg in cost. Thanks so much for your creativity!

Jessica Roy said...

I've been searching for just this - a super cute, but functional camera bag! Thanks!

Haley said...

Wow, that's a great idea! I am saving up for my first DSLR, a Nikon D5000, and I have also been looking at Epiphanie bags, though I really didn't want to spend that much for a bag. Now I'll be looking for a cute bag so when I get my camera, I can do this myself! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Snappy Di said...

You did a great job at using your noggin' to come up with something just as good looking and effective as a Kelly Moore bag... Good for you!

Di

texwisgirl said...

awesomeness!

Nancy said...

Very nice! Way to use your thinkin' cap!

Gone Country said...

Great idea! I may have to make one for myself one of these days!

Unknown Mami said...

Thank you! You just gave me the best inspiration. I totally have a bag that I can turn into a camera bag. You are brilliant and practical!

Gerri said...

BLESS YOU and your brilliant mind!

Country Girl said...

Fantastic ~ I'm going to try this. Thanks so much.