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Make Your Own Fabric Watch Band(s)

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As a new sewer, I am finding things to make that are challenging and functional as well. One project I thought up was to make my own watch bands out of fabric  They are quite easy to make, and can save you a few bucks when it comes time to replace your old band.
 
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Step 1: Items Needed

Some fabric of your choice, I found plain cotton to work fine.  it's amazing how many designs there are for materials, so there is a theme cloth for just about any application.  Minimal amounts are needed, and this would be a good use of any remnants from other projects. A sewing machine was used, and i don't think it would be worth the time to sew them by hand...but doable if wanted. A selection of elastic; I found a good size to use was 1 inch wide elastic, but 1/2 or 3/4 inch would suffice as well.  Your old watch and especially the spring bars...you'll need them to re-attach the watch to the band.

Step 2: Cut Fabric To Size

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Cut the fabric for the band it self, and also the "retainer" which is a smaller piece of cloth.  See pictures for explanations and details. Sizes will vary, depending on the size of your wrist, or whoever's wrist you are making the band for.  I cut my band cloth to 7 inches, and the elastic to 6.  The retainer piece is smaller, of course, and needs to fit in the attaching "legs" of your old watch. I found that a 5/8 inch or slightly less would allow the watch to be secured with the spring bars very nicely.
lunarmagpie2 years ago
One of the best ways to get elastic through a channel is to attach a good-sized safety pin through the end of the elastic. Then you just feed it right on through with your fingers on the outside of the fabric. Works really well. :o)
Creativeman (author)  lunarmagpie2 years ago
Good to know, thanks.
lunarmagpie2 years ago
Good idea! I can see this being quite useful to quickly change bands. I'd probably give velcro a try rather than the elastic, though. Elastic tends to dry out quickly in the desert and velcro holds up better.

I love your instructables! You are indeed creative. :o)
Creativeman (author)  lunarmagpie2 years ago
Thank you so much! I do want to try the velcro...it would simplify a lot of the process.