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.
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.)
Stitching always helps to stabilize a fabric and as I didn't have any interfacing on hand this was my preferred choice for making the strap a bit more sturdy. I simply stitched diagonally along the length of the strap until I got to the bottom. I then did the same thing going the other way which creates a diamond pattern.
Now you need to wrap the strap around your wrist and decide where you would like the buttonhole to be. Mark with a pin or tailor's chalk.
(i) If you have a 'one step' buttonhole stitch on your machine, simply change to the buttonhole foot and put your chosen button in the correct place and let the machine do the work.
(ii) If you have a 'four step' buttonhole stitch you may need to ensure that you mark the width of the button on the fabric to ensure that the hole ends up being the correct size for the button you're using.
(iii) But, if you have the patience of a saint, you could hand sew the buttonhole using satin stitch. Just ensure that the size is marked on the fabric as in the step above.
It should end up looking like the main picture (the hand stitichers get some leeway in the neatness stakes!)
Now sew on the button!