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For several months now I have been obsessed over beautiful purses that happen to be camera bags, well the “happen to be” is not accidental, it's just that I don't like the classic camera bag, I just don't. But I don't think I've ever purchased a purse, never. All the ones I have are either a present or made by me =] … And well, that was my answer! I am going to make a camera bag for my SLR camera, lenses and if I am really inspired I want to try to fit my Macbook pro there too, because I don't like to carry 2 or 3 bags when I need my purse, the camera bag, and the laptop all at the same time. Right now each one has a separate bag.

So there you have, I identify the problem. So now it's time for a solution! and even though I will not show you my bag yet (because it's still in sketch process) I thought it would be nice to show you all the inspiration I collected. Here are my 3 favorite camera bag brands.

Kelly Moore: What I love the most about this ones is the very cool bag designs, not that I don't like the others but these ones really caught my eye, very simple, clean and most importantly the easy to move (at least it seems like that) compartments. That way you can arrange them to fit your lens and camera better.

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Jo Totes: I think these were one of the first I ran into and I have to say I LOVE the turquoise one with the flower on the side, I just love it!

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Epiphanie: I just love the color combinations she offers, and it looks like you can set the Velcro pretty much wherever you want not just the pre-determined spots, I love their Lola bag, so cute!

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Now, I do not recommend for everyone to make their own camera bags because it is a pretty ambitious project. But in my case, I just don't have the money to buy one of these super adorable-practical-yet-fashionable-in-a-super-awesome-color bags. So yeah I am going to go the DIY way! and I will share all the little details of how my process goes and of course, I hope to finish it very soon so I can share it.

Just to clarify I am not going to try to make or duplicate any of the bags listed here, because as a designer I am really close to the copyright cause.  I am using these bags to inspire me and see what I like and don't like about them, to later start with those likes and don't on my own design. I was thinking about making a pattern of mine to share, but I am still not sure about it, maybe I should start with a more simple pattern.

What do you think?
Oh! and one of the coolest things so far is that all of the materials I am going to use are upcycled =]

I found an awesome (and big) leather skirt at the thrift store. So that will be the outside and for the inside, the only thing I actually bought is Velcro and zippers, so wish me luck!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

10 replies
  1. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I have a couple different Kelly Moore bags and I like them OK. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

  2. Anna
    Anna says:

    I love those, thank you for sharing and I also can’t wait to see what you come up with :)

  3. Jen
    Jen says:

    I love them all! They’re so stylish, elegant & sophisticated. A really fantastic idea, even great for on the go crafting! I simply HAVE to have one to do crochet on the run!

  4. Elly
    Elly says:

    Joy, you are such an inspiration! I’ve never thought for a different kind of camera bag and always carry 3 bags (laptop, camera, purse – all 3 of them – quite big lol). I would love to see your process of making the bag, it will probably inspire me to do something like that, too. (As the other things you do)
    Keep up creating, you are an inspiration for many people!
    Smiles from Bulgaria

  5. Symone
    Symone says:

    I have been wanting to make my own camera bag for a while now! It is such a hassle trying to find the right bag, so I thought, “Why not just make one?!” I hope you make the exact bag that you need! And I hope that you put up a tutorial, so that I can also attempt it. :]

  6. Lea
    Lea says:

    Good luck!! I can’t wait to see what you’ve created!!! Everything you make is gorgeous, I know this will come out fantastically also!!! I’m so excited to see!!

  7. Pattie Capers
    Pattie Capers says:

    Mrs. Joy I just finished reading your blog. I never knew what blog was not how to use one, old school slow learner, but you are now my new inspiration for finishing up my semester for fashion design and I have to do something for a new portfolio and some of your writing I am going to try and get it to work. Wish you the very best and will send you a post of oxygen finished

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