Macrame camera strap tutorial

Isabella Strambio’s Macrame camera strap tutorial is perfect for capturing on the go!

Macrame camera strap tutorial

Macramé gets functional and we’re seeing it in a new light. In fact, we’re certain this beautiful macrame camera strap tutorial will have us reaching for the camera, not just snapping pictures on our phones. It’s the ultimate accessory for travel and impromptu adventures, helping you keep your camera close for must-capture moments. It’s super versatile too, the clips allow you to use this macrame camera strap for anything! You could attach it to a purse, a polaroid camera or even a water bottle holder. Before you start reading Isabella’s macrame camera strap tutorial, refer to our basic knots macrame guide to familiarise yourself with the knots used. Make sure you check out our free macrame patterns round up too. It’s full of tutorials like macrame bracelets, DIY macrame curtain, and even a macrame star. Now it’s over to Isabella for her macrame camera strap tutorial!

Macrame camera strap tutorial

You will need:

  • 30m (33yd) braided cotton rope, 0.25cm (1/8“) wide
  • Two 4cm (1 5/8“) gunmetal finish swivel clasps
  • Six large round wooden beads, 2cm (3/4″) diameter
  • Masking tape
  • Tapestry needle
  • Industrial-strength glue
  • Two clothes pegs

Macrame camera strap tutorial


You Will Need

  • Rope
  • Swivel clasps
  • Wooden beads
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Needle
  • Pegs

Total time:

Step 1

To start, cut six 5m (195 7/8“) lengths of cotton rope.

Step 2

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step1

Fix one of the swivel clasps to the work surface with masking tape. Using lark’s head knot, attach the six lengths of rope to the swivel clasp.

Step 3

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step2

Since the rope lengths are very long, loosely knot them at about 30cm (11 7/8“) below the clasps.

Step 4

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step3

Starting from the left, using the image as a guide, make a row of three square knots.

Step 5

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step4

Leave out the first two rope lengths and make a row of two square knots, as shown.

Step 6

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step5

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 again, then Step 4 once more so you have five rows of square knots, finishing with a row of three square knots.

Step 7

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step6

Starting at the middle, use the first five lengths to make a diagonal line of two half hitch knots across the left.

Step 8

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step7

Starting from the middle, use the remaining five lengths to make a diagonal line of two half hitch knots towards the right. Make sure the two diagonals are symmetrical.

Step 9

Using the tapestry needle, thread the two middle rope lengths through the first wooden bead.

Step 10

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step8

Starting at the left, make another diagonal of two half hitch knots using five lengths. Make sure to leave a small gap between the first series of diagonal knots and the new one to create the corner of the diamond shape, as shown.

Step 11

Repeat Step 10, starting at the middle and sloping up instead of down. Make one more two half hitch knot to close the diamond.

Step 12

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Repeat Steps 7-11 to make two more diamond shapes.

Step 13

Use the four lengths in the middle to make a square knot, just under the last diamond, then add a square knot on each side to make a row, as per Step 4.

Step 14

Next, make a row of two square knots, as per Step 5.

Step 15

Repeat Steps 13 and 14 until there are 66 lines of square knots, or the strap measures approximately 45cm (17 3/4″) long. Make sure to finish with a row of three square knots.

Step 16

Repeat Steps 7-12 to make three more diamond shapes.

Step 17

Macrame camera strap tutorial Step10

To attach the fastening, thread the ends of the rope lengths through the second swivel clasp as shown, then trim the 12 long rope ends to approximately 5cm (2″).

Step 18

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Add a few dots of glue on the back of the last row of square knots, fold the rope lengths over the clasp, then hold them in place with the help of clothes pegs, as shown, until the glue is dry.

Step 19

To make sure the strap is secure, add a few more dots of glue on the back of the other square knot rows, and the bottom of the strap, and peg the ends of the rope lengths in place again as in Step 18.

Step 20

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Once the glue has dried, trim the remaining rope ends and clip the strap onto the camera.


We hope you’ve enjoyed making Isabella’s macrame camera strap tutorial! For more macrame goodness make sure you check out our round-up of the best macrame books and also our free tutorials which included a macrame plant hanger and a macrame necklace.