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.
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
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.