Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial

One of the hobbies that I would love to have and would love to be really good at, would be that of a Photographer. I just think they are so cool and have the greatest job ever! I admire that they are able to capture life in a single shot that is full of excitement, or beauty or sometimes those crazy moments that only a photographer with super good skills can capture. So for all you photographers out there….huge air high 5! Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas is sharing a project for a super cute Tripod Tote that is perfect for you professional photographers and all of us who dream of becoming one someday!!! Wink, Wink!! Enjoy!

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If you happen to read my blog, Fearlessly Creative Mammas, you know that we have been planning a camping/building trip to Alaska for awhile. We were supposed to go in June and it was postponed until August due to work. Well, August is upon us and we still aren’t going. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great thing to have a job and especially one that my husband loves as much as he does. We are grateful for it. I tell you all of this so you will know why I decided I needed to have today’s creation.

I decided that since we would be in Alaska, we would be doing some hiking when we took breaks from building our cabin. I figured that would be the perfect time to take beautiful pictures and that I would want my tripod. However, I didn’t want to have to carry it, so I decided I needed a bag of some sort. Due to this, I decided to make a bag that I could put over my shoulder or over my neck.

I went to The Ribbon Retreat, which is always a danger because they have so many beautiful fabrics and ribbons, and I picked out this beautiful Riley Blake fabric, one yard of each and coordinating ribbon, in 1/2 inch and 1 inch sizes. I also got 1 yard of fusible fleece, and I decided to use pink thread too.

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Let’s get started!

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

The first thing I did was measure my tripod so I made the tote bag big enough. I added eight inches on the length and 4 inches on the diameter. Then I cut both fabrics that size. I cut the fleece 1 inch smaller than the fabric.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Next, I ironed the fabric and attached the fusible fleece. If you don’t know how to do that, here is what I did. First, you want to make sure you have about a 1/2 inch to an inch edge all the way around the fleece that is just fabric, like the picture below.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Next, you put the side with the little sticky feeling down on the wrong side of the fabric.
Then you take a damp, light colored cloth, I used a white hand towel, and you place it over the fleece.
Finally, you iron on the towel on medium, with no steam, holding the iron in each place for about 5 seconds, moving the towel around until the whole fleece is attached.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

The next step is to attach the two fabrics together, right sides facing each other. Sew it all the way around, leaving a 3 inch opening in one spot.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now, you need to trim the excess fabric all the way around the seam, but not too close to the seam. Also, cut the corners off of the fabric as shown below.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Turn the fabric right side out, through the opening you left. Then press the fabric again, especially at the edges, to make it lay correctly. At your opening, turn the edges under and press them in.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Sew all the way around the edges to help it lay flat and to close the place that you left open.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

At the top, fold the end over, outside of fabric to inside, 3/4 of an inch.  Then you sew all the way across, close to the bottom edge. Be sure to reinforce the ends well because you will be pulling the ribbon at that spot. 

When you have finished sewing, thread the ribbon through the hole. I used a safety pin to help me. You want the ribbon to be about a foot longer than your fabric so you can tie it.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You’re almost finished. The next thing is to fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, with the fabric you are using for the outside together. BEFORE you start sewing, you will cut the larger ribbon to fit your body. You want to measure from the top of one shoulder to your waist on the other side of your body. It will be about a yard of ribbon if you are my height, 5’5″.

Attach your ribbon where you want it with pins. I went 3 inches from the top and bottom with each end. Be sure you will catch the ends in the seam, but protect the rest of the ribbon so it doesn’t get caught as you are sewing.
Sew the bottom and open side closed, but not the top. Again, watch that you only catch the ends of the ribbon in your seam. After you have sewn it closed, sew it again. I did this because I didn’t want the tripod to break the end of the bag or the weight to pull the strap out.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Turn the bag right side out, add your tripod and now you have a beautiful bag to carry your tripod in when you are hiking or shooting somewhere remote.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

My husband took a few pictures of me as we were hiking one day. I was able to take lots of pictures of birds, some that actually turned out really nice.

Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I really love my new Tripod bag and hope you will make one and love it too. I also seriously love this fabric that I picked out. If you haven’t been to The Ribbon Retreat or looked at their website, you are missing out.
I hope you will stop by and visit my blog. We have lots of crafts and recipes for you to look through. It’s called Fearlessly Creative Mammas, in case you forgot.


Whether you are a photographer, soccer or dance mom or just love taking pictures, this is a great addition to your camera gear. Sometimes tripods are awkward and hard to carry around, but now, with the help of this great tote, you can simply throw your tripod in and toss it over your shoulder to head out to all of those important events perfect for capturing on video or in a pic.

Thank you Kathleen for sharing this tote with us!!! For more projects by Kathleen, make sure to visit her at Fearlessly Creative Mammas.

Don’t totes just make life easier and more convenient? Like you all know, I am a true bag lady so I love any bag that makes my life easier and adds a little style to my day. Hehe!! Here are a couple more totes that are fashionable and oh so cute too….enjoy!

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Bags are so much fun!! You can see all of our fabulous bags HERE! We have some small, some big, some with zippers and some with fun flowers. What one is your favorite?

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6 Comments

  1. YOLO
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Beautiful collection of Tote bags

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2014 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by! We love totes and are so glad that you love the totes we have featured here! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  2. Posted August 24, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Awesome job Kathleen! Such beautiful fabric too! So much better than the ugly black/gray bag I have for mine!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 25, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      Hi Katelyn! Thank you so much! This bag is awesome and yes…Kathleen did such a great job! I love this project! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  3. Posted August 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Too cute! I would’ve never thought of a bag for your tripod but it completely makes sense. I used to have a tripod, but I don’t know where it is these days! :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 25, 2014 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      Hi April! Thank you so much for your awesome comment! This bag is so awesome! I agree. I wouldn’t have thought of creating a bag for my tripod either but it is so handy and keeps your hands free and ready to snap that perfect photo! Thank you again April and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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