Since I got an overwhelming amount of requests about how I made my dual camera strap, I decided to make another one and take pictures as I did it (the second one I made turned out EVEN BETTER than the first one I made.) So I could write this post on how to make a DIY dual camera strap Harness.
So without further ado, here we go;
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
1. Camera Strap Carabiner
2. Metal Double Cap Rivet stud
3. 38mm Cotton Canvas Strap/Ribbon
4. 38mm triangle D Ring
5. Camera Strap Tripod Quick Release Plate Mount
6. D rings (optional)
(I bought all of these on Aliexpress using the exact or similar keywords, a lot of these you can also find on Amazon or Ebay)
So since there are quite a few little steps, I'm going number them so its easier for people to keep track at what step they're at.
this first step may take a little trial and error, you must arrange the ribbon like the picture below, place pins on the "X" on the back and on the ends of the ribbon and try it on until you like where it sits on you. You are aiming for the bottom of the straps to be sitting around your waist area.
(For reference, my ribbon was aprox. 71.5" in length and I am 5'4 and 122 pounds, this could be a good starting length and adjust from there)
Once your straps are sitting around your waist, its time to make the cut! Cut the ribbon right at the end of the overlapping ribbon (like the below picture)
Take off the pins from the "X" and re-locate the ends of the ribbon to be in the centre of the "X" (below pictures for examples, this will ensure that the seam will be hidden when you are wearing it)
Grab the two ends of the ribbon and slide a triangle D ring onto each side
Bring the two ends to your handy-dandy sewing machine and make a few zigzag stitches to bring them together (you can overlap them and make a straight stitch on top if you like, but I didn't want the added bulk of overlapping a third layer of strapping)
Find a small object you can use to wedge a small hole into the canvas strapping to make room for the rivet stud (the first time I did this I actually used scissors and it didn't tear any of the threads! but to be safe I would use something like a knitting needle or in my case the remains of a pen I had lying around that worked perfectly)
Now its time to cut the straps that hold the carabiners. This is another step that might need a little trial and error or pinning and testing to see how long you should cut yours, again for my height I cut mine at 9.5". After being stitch together this allows the cameras to hang around my hips which is where you want them to hang (or maybe your preference is to have them hang higher or lower, your choice! )
Once Straps are cut, insert into the end of the D ring and through the carabiner, making sure they are folding towards the inside (or towards the centre)
Grab the two ends and overlap them by about 1/4". and run another few zigzag stitched over them to secure them together (make sure whichever way you over lap one side, make sure you do the same for the other)
Slide the seams to what will be the back of the straps, and place them as close to the bottom of the carabiner as possible (this will keep them the most out of sight) and flatten out like the below picture
Run a line of stitching along the edges of the strap, and stitch two lines through the centre to make an "X" in the middle ( I actually ran two lines of stitching along the edges and through the "X" just for extra security)
Slide the camera screw mounts onto the carabiners and Voila!
I chose not to add my D rings at this time, but they can add a nice touch if you decide to do so. Make sure to buy or make some safety straps before using this in the field (screw mounts can come undone!) but until then this is a great way of getting a custom made strap that you can custom make to your own size/preferences! If you have any questions Shoot me an email or leave a message below.