I’m not a fan of the standard camera bags you can buy everywhere these days. They are either cheap and ugly or trendy and expensive and they all scream “Camera gear – Steal me!” I thought I’d make a DIY padded camera insert for my gear so it could go in any bag I happened to be using at the time.
I have a great Datsusara Hemp Emissary bag that is perfect as a photography bag – big enough for a laptop and all my gear for any given photographic day trip.
The original idea came from this camera carrier insert DIY project but was simplified to suit my sewing skills.
I drew up some basic plans, got some fabric and rubber off-cuts for $15, then it was off to my Mother-in-law’s for some expert advice and to use her kick-ass sewing machine. There’s no way I’m sewing this by hand!
I have also used these versatile inserts in a 5.11 Rush backpack for when I’m hiking or camping. (pictured below)