Monday, April 7, 2008

Make your own watch band

If you have or had a watch band with a buckle, it's very simple to make a replacement for it. Use sturdy material such as denim, canvas or fake leather and use the old watchband as a pattern for length and width. Be especially careful to cut the width exactly the same as the original, or it won't fit your watch. Measure an inch longer and turn a half inch under for the buckle pin to fit and put a slit in it, following the pattern of the old one. The other half inch will be used to fit the watch itself. Turn the fabric back on itself and sew it so you can slip the watch pins through it. Use a blanket or zigzag stitch on the edges. Use an icepick or very sharply pointed knife or scissors to make holes.

5 comments:

Meg from The Bargain Queens & All About Appearances said...

Neat idea! That actually got me thinking about how one could update watches by using the same techniques as making beaded stretch bracelets, but then connecting the ends to the band-less watch. I'm not a particularly crafty person, but I might have to give it a shot.

By the way, please check out my new project if you got a moment and let me know what you think. It's FruWiki.com.

Pat said...

A beaded watch band is a good idea! I'm not into beading, but I'd love to see one made that way.

Your FruWiki is a good idea, too; looks nice. Best of luck with it!

Anonymous said...

I replaced my watch band with a strip of black elastic.

Pat said...

Elastic is a good idea, too. That way you don't have to deal with a buckle.

Meg from The Bargain Queens & All About Appearances said...

Thanks, Pat!