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I have a bit of an annoying habit of fiddling with my watch when I'm feeling a tad agitated.  Needless to say, sitting next to the head of department at a recent work training session left me a little more agitated than usual and the strap fell apart.
To be fair, it was a fairly cheap watch to start with...

Anyway, I needed a quick and easy solution to my 'lack of watch strap' problem so I decided to make a replacement.  If you, too, wish to make a replacement watch strap, here's what you'll need:

Two pieces of scrap material (long enough to go around your wrist one and a half times. One will be the top fabric, one will be the lining)
Matching or contrasting thread
Optional interfacing (I made mine without)

Mine has single button closure, but feel free to add as many buttons as you can fit on the thing!  Or even make the strap adjustable by adding button holes at even spaced intervals along the strap.
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Step 1:

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Measure the circumference of your wrist and add at least 1 & 1/2 inches to that number.

Decide how wide you want the wristband to be.  I wanted mine to be more of a cuff so I made it about 2 inches wide, excluding seam allowance.

Pin the top fabric scrap to the lining fabric scrap and draw a rectangle the length and width of your measurements adding a 5 mm (or 1/4 inch) seam allowance.

Cut out both pieces together.  (N.B. If you are using interfacing, this is the time to add it to the wrong side of the lining fabric.)

Step 2:

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Place the fabric right sides together,  pin and sew along three of the four sides,  leaving one of the short sides open for turning.

Step 3:

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Trim the corners of the strap then turn right side out.  Fold the remaining raw edge under.  Top stitch around the outside of the entire strap, closing the last edge in the process.
What about replacing the watch's battery?
sunshiine2 years ago
This is very clever! Thanks for sharing!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Very nice! This would be a great entry in the Holiday Gifts contest too!
I was pondering about entering that contest- now I definitely will. Thanks :-)
Oooh, this is my kind of watch :) Very cute and, of course, excellent color choices!