I Made A Bag, Well Kind Of…

I needed wanted a camera bag. 
So online I went! I found a lot of uninspiring bags.  Canvas.  Black.  Blah.  I wanted something cute!
Then I found an online camera bag store that sells bags for women. And the bags were bee-a-u-tee-ful!  But very expensive. I just don’t want to spend $200 on a camera bag, for 2 reasons:  it’s just too much and I’m not a professional.
But I saw an ongoing theme with all the bags, and that was that they all just looked like a really big purse.  I can do big purses.  So I got an idea, and ran to Winners (at 8:30 in the morning – I mean why not, we were up anyway, and it was between nap times).  
I found this fabulous bag for $35. Now that’s more like it. It’s sturdy, and boxy.  Perfect for protecting a camera.

How I ‘Made’ My Bag:
  • I tore apart an old, ugly camera bag that used to belong to my husband.
  • I took out all the foam dividers, and with them, I built my own interior for my bag.  
  • I cut out the bottom lining of my bag, and stuffed in a foam board, then used all the inserts to make compartments for camera bits.  
  • Easy peasy!

So my reason for sharing this (not because I think anyone should care about my new bag, ha ha), is that I like to have options for everything.  And I think it’s great to think outside the box, especially when it comes to spending money.  We have options, we just have to be creative sometimes!  
Now my camera, and all the little pieces that I use with it, all fit in my new bag, and I didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg!  Now I can travel in style and not worry about breaking my camera (or the bank)!  (and I can easily fit in a couple of diapers and some wipes, and I’m good to go!)

I love it!  So fun!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Lori December 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM Geez... is there anything you are not excellent at?? lol
    Looove that bag. Well done!
  • Reply Barb December 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM Jo! You are truly amazing! I think I know which bags you were drooling over on-line and I've been dreaming about them for ages! I am on my way over to Winners!
  • Reply Julie December 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM What a great idea! i've been awol on your blog for a while- i've been missing out!!!
  • Reply Dori Luke Designs February 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM What a great idea! I found you from IHeart Organizing's February Challenge..and I loved her bag. But now, the thought of taking any bag I love and transforming it...Genious! Im following you now :)

    ~Heather @ dorilukedesigns.com
  • Reply Suzanne February 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM I popped over from IHeart Organizing too. Great idea and fabulous finish!
  • Reply Mrs. Taylor March 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM Found you through IHeart Organizing. Great job on "upcycling" a bag. I just started blogging myself so a camera is on my wish list. I'll have to keep this in mind when I do get one though. Your bag is so chic!

    ourtaylormadehome.com
  • Reply Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya March 5, 2011 at 2:19 PM This reminds me of the fabulous Jo's Totes camera bags! love it.
  • Reply Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} March 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM I love this idea!!! I need to do this!!! please share this over here; http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html
  • Reply Sarah AJ March 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM Brilliant idea!
  • Reply Jennifer March 5, 2011 at 11:28 PM Super cute, what a great idea!
  • Reply House Revivals March 6, 2011 at 3:30 AM Jo Anna, this is awesome! I love your creativity!
    ~Amanda
  • Reply Sew-Over-It March 6, 2011 at 3:40 AM Gorgeous!! I have been eyeing expensive camera bags lately... and this idea is much more fun & creative. Awesome, thanks for sharing. I found you from the link party... check out my blog.
    www.Sew-Over-It.blogspot.com
    Thanks!
    Heather ~
  • Reply The Gunny Sack March 6, 2011 at 5:05 AM WOW! What a great idea. You are so right, most of the camera bags out there are boring!!!
  • Reply The Autocrat: Haley March 6, 2011 at 5:09 AM Duh! Why didn't I think of that!! You are so right!! It's just a really big purse. Great creative thinking! You will have the most stylsih purse ever!
  • Reply Natalia Lynn March 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM What a great idea! Love it! Found you from I heat Naptime!
  • Reply Judy Bagwell March 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM Great idea!!
  • Reply Megan March 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM this is a great idea and your bag looks great!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com
  • Reply Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper March 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM Wow what a fantastic bag! I got a new slr camera a couple months ago and I too have been scouring the internet for a great bag that doesn't cost as much as the darn camera!haha I love this idea. Great post
    http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com
  • Reply Emily S March 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM GENIUS! ABSOLUTELY GENIUS! Yes, I am definitely bookmarking this post to do this exact thing at some point. Did I say GENIUS? Because it's GENIUS!

    Emily
    (found you from I {heart} Organizing

    neverendingbutterflies.wordpress.com
  • Reply Marcia (123 blog) March 7, 2011 at 8:33 PM what an absolutely fantastic idea! you are so clever!!!
  • Reply Becky March 20, 2011 at 3:17 AM super cute!!!! I am going to find a bag to make my own!
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