Intro: Cheap Watch Strap
If you're like me and you have gorilla wrists, you probably have a heckuva time finding a watch strap that both fits and doesn't stress your watch's pins to the point that they're always falling out. Well, today I got tired of the crappy strap that I've got with my swiss army watch and decided to make my own.
Step 1: Trim Strap Ends
Because the strap was wider then the inside width of my watch's horns, I had to trim the strap down so that it would fit. Here you can see the original strap and the new strap with the trimmed bit. Next, fold over the trimmed tab and securely stitch it to the underside of the strap.
Step 2: The "Loop"
Attach the strap to your watch. Figure out how much webbing you need to reach the other side of your wrist. Also figure out how you'll secure the strap to your arm. I had a bunch of these "H" rings laying around so decided to use one. I added 3 cm to the measured length, then snipped the webbing in half there (making sure to heat the edges in the candle). I then folded over this extra 3 cm of webbing and stitched it around one side of the "H" ring. The final step was to trim and stitch the remainder of the webbing to form the other half of the strap.
Step 3: That's One Ugly Strap, Pal!
It sure is. My ability to stitch neatly in straight lines is practically non-existant. But it works, it fits my wrist, and I didn't have to buy any new materials. Some things I'll do differently on Strap MkII:
1) Use a thinner nylon material to form the pin loops - I think I'll stitch a thinner material to the watch ends of the strap to form the pin loops vice trimming and folding over the nylon. It will sit flatter on my arm and fit around the pins better.
2) Stitch some old T-shirt material onto the inside surface of the strap as a "comfort band".