Jan Christian

DIY velcro speed strap for speedlites


I’d like to start by giving credit to Honl Photo for the design idea. I had the supplies already so I wanted to see what I could come up with.

For those of you who don’t want sticky-backed velcro on your flash, this is the perfect solution. It’s quite simple to make and only takes a few minutes if you have a sewing machine.


  • 1.5″ wide loop velcro, about 10.5″ long and non-adhesive-backed
  • 1.5″ wide hook velcro, about 1.5″ long and non-adhesive-backed
  • a piece of bicycle inner tube roughly 11″x1.5″
  • needle and thread/sewing machine

I started by trimming the inner tube slightly narrower than the velcro speed strap
so that it didn’t stick out from underneath. Then I sewed the inner tube to the loop velcro and let a piece of the inner tube stick out past the velcro a little to act as a pull-tab. On that same pull-tab end is where the small square of hook velcro goes, sandwiching the inner tube. I used the standard box-X on each end.

Now you can use a variety of velcro accessories like grids, snoots and bounces without having to use stick-on velcro.

speed strap

speed strap

speed strap

Oh, and to the guys who feel that sewing threatens their masculinity, just think of a sewing machine as a [potentially dangerous] power tool. Have you ever impaled your fingertip with a needle? I hear it isn’t a pleasant experience…


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4 Responses to “DIY velcro speed strap for speedlites”

  1. Karon Says:

    Your site will be extrermely helpful to new photographers. Your ideas will especially help those just starting out. Keep your ideas coming.

  2. Karon Says:

    Again, thanks for your great ideas. It has been most helpful.

  3. Nolan Says:

    Keep up the good work. :)

  4. Bo Vejgaard Says:

    Fot those of you reading danish, I’ve made a Speedstrap thats a little thinner without the innertube. You can find it here http://www.bo-vejgaard.dk/artikler/g%C3%B8r-det-selv-speedstrap/.

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