The Learner Observer

You guys!!! It’s day two! Can you believe it?!?! I really can’t. I am SO. EXCITED. about this week still. I can hardly contain myself! I seriously can’t get enough of seeing Rob Lowe in a pink scarf. It’s pretty much the best!

So, today I bring you another repurposed scarf:

SCARF CAMERA STRAI’m going to make this tutorial as short and sweet as possible – and full of pictures. It’s super simple, so let’s get to it. First, here’s what you’ll need:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe camera is for us crazy bloggers who need to take pictures of all of our projects. Because I made this strap for my main camera, I used my old point-and-shoot to photograph the strap once it was finished. Takes me back to the old blogging days, before the PEN was in my life!


To get started, take out two of the split rings and follow the below instructions:

SCARF CAMERA STRAP STEPSAt this point your camera strap essentials are finished, but it looks a little messy, a little boring, and unfinished like this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot exactly pretty, right? So next you get to pick whether you want to use ribbon or vinyl. I picked vinyl for two reasons: the first is because it happened to match the green on the scarf oh-so-well! The second? You’ll see!

I cut strips of vinyl about 1/8 of an inch thick and used super glue to attach the end to the strap.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow you just wrap it around, hiding the stitching and leftover fabric and attach the other end with more super glue. This thing isn’t going anywhere!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow you get to attach your brand new strap to your camera! This is where the split ring comes in handy – attaching and removing this strap is easy peasy!

SCARF CAMERA STRAP ATTACHEDOh so why did I pick the vinyl over the ribbon? Well I made these super cute tassel keychains a little while ago and ended up using one of them to embellish the camera strap a little!

SCARF CAMERA STRAP DETAILAnd that’s it! All done! This strap is already lighter and more comfortable than the last one I had which was slightly bulkier, and this is WAY cuter! Am I right?

SCARF CAMERA STRAP FINISHEDSo what do you think? Would you try this at home? Or maybe for a friend? It might make a sweet gift for a budding photographer in your life! I know Luther sure loves it…can you tell?


Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?

Remember, I’m not the only one sharing a slew of scarf tutorials this week. Here’s the

dream team in case you missed their grand introduction on Sunday:

Image Map

And here are the four projects we have each created that are hitting the blog­o­sphere today:

Welcome to Scarf Week! 4 different bloggers sharing 4 different scarf projects intended to inspire (and distract you from scary shark attack footage during Shark Week). Bound to get the creative juices flowing!

Scarf Turned Camera Strap by The Learner Observer T­Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf by The Thinking Closet Celery Stamped Floral Design Scarf by Dream a Little Bigger Make Your Own Tassel Scarf by Tried & True Image Map
Scarf Turned Camera Strap by The Learner Observer | T­Shirt Yarn Scarf by The Thinking Closet 
Celery Stamped Scarf by Dream a Little Bigger | Make Your Own Tassel Scarf by Tried & True


Giveaway & Link Party Reminder

Our special Scarf Week Giveaway is still alive and well; we’d love for you to skedaddle over to Sunday’s post to garner your entries! Remember, two winners will each take home $135 in crafty prizes; it’s quite the haul! May the odds be ever in your favor….

Enter the Rafflecopter widget and/or link up a scarf­related project of your own to enter to win one of the two prize packs. This giveaway ends Thursday night, August 14th, at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. So, don’t delay!

Today’s Sponsor

A big thank you goes out to today’s sponsor who helped make Scarf Week possible:



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How cool is it that we had two tassel projects on the same day? That wasn’t planned, just so you know… Just an awesome coincidence!

Tomorrow I have a really fun project for your feet! I’d show you a sneak peak, but I don’t want to give too much away… The suspense is real, folks!

See you tomorrow!





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    Allison Murray

    August 12, 2014

    I love when something functional is made to be pretty, too. Great job!

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      August 14, 2014

      Thanks Allison! It sure beats the black, lifeless strap previously living around my neck :)

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    August 12, 2014

    I love this tutorial! I’ve been wanting a different camera strap buuuut I am ridiculously terrified of it not being strong enough to hold up my camera and the camera crashing to the floor :/ but maybe I could just hide the actual strap within the scarf? Worth thinking about!

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      August 14, 2014

      Ok, I LOVE your idea of hiding the strap within the scarf!!!! Talk about genius! You are just full of amazing!

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    August 15, 2014

    I love this so much!! Love the colors, the tassel, and your sweet furbaby in the background :) Very nice!

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      August 16, 2014

      Thanks so much, Kirsten! Luther tends to steal the spotlight at every chance he gets, but of course, I don’t mind :)

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    August 21, 2014

    Oh, I love this idea! Also it makes wearing the camera much more comfortable, doesn’t it? I may try this one myself. And then I will maybe also use my “real” camera again … and not only my iPhone, ahemm!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

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      August 26, 2014

      It’s WAY more comfortable to wear this than the actual camera strap, and it’s holding up really well! I hear ys on using a real camera and not just the phone… it’s so hard to take out a big camera when your phone is always just right there!

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    December 18, 2014

    I’ve Just gotta know, please! Which type of Olympus do you have, and where is that scarf from?

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      December 18, 2014

      Hey Val! It’s an Olympus PEN – it’s a sort of hybrid camera that mixes the size of a point and shoot with the versatility of a DSLR. Oh and the scarf was a thrift store find! A lucky one :)

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