When I was designing my camera bag, I looked at a lot of padded dividers padded camera lens cases and ways to arrange the things inside the bag. But as I am still fairly new to the wonderful world of DSLR and I couldn’t make up my mind about how I wanted the inside of the bag to look – I mean, how could I make a decision when I didn’t even know what equipment I was going to want to carry around?
So, I decided these lens cozies were a better solution – they protect my lenses (like my new baby – a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8) without locking me into any specific arrangement inside my bag.
To make them, you’ll need a piece of 1/2 inch foam that is about 13 inches long (more if your lens is extra fat – you should probably measure it to make sure) and a little wider than you lens. You’ll also need a piece of fabric double the width of the lens plus 1 inch and about 17 inches long. And to close it you’ll need some velcro (not the adhesive kind – that stuff is evil to sewing!)
Sandwich the foam inside the fabric, with about 1 inch of overhang on one short side and three inches on the other short side of the foam. . Fold the long raw edges of the fabric under towards each other, pin in place, and topstitch them shut. Repeat this on the short edge that has the 1 inch overhang.
Wrap the cozy around your lens to decide where to put the other square of velcro, and stitch it in place. You’re done!
This picture is of my 50mm lens, the baby one. Trust me, the cozy doesn’t overlap as much around my Tamron, which is a much fatter lens.