Monday, January 16, 2012

((handmade monday)) DIY fabric watch bands

Way back in the day, I used to work for Fossil. I still love the company and would rock their apparel and accessories, alike, on the daily if I could afford it all....I digress. 

It was during my days at Fossil that I became a bit obsessed with watches. I have way too many ((that consequently need their batteries changed)) & I really think watches are the most underrated of accessories. I have a few watch faces that are missing their straps and so I decided to make some pretty bands for them. I have no idea where the watch face photographed came from, but it, too, needs a new battery. 

Here's all you need:
Trim ((optional))
Some sort of snap ((I used pearl snaps because I'm country like that))
Sewing machine

Here's all you have to do:
1. Measure around your wrist to see how long you need your strap to be. Make sure you leave room for sean allowance, overlapping & snapping. I rhymed. Giggle.
2. Determine how wide you'd like your strap and double it plus half an inch or so for seam allowance.
3. Cut out your rectangle.
4. Fold it in half (long-ways) right sides of the fabric facing each other. 
5. Sew around the 3 raw edges and leave an opening on the long side. 
6. Flip right side out and press.
7. Top stitch around the edges. 
8. Add your snap or velcro or whatever you decided to use. 
9. Insert fabric through your watch face and voila!

I was playing around and made a woven five strand braided band as well. I added crochet lace trim to another. You could find vintage watch faces at a thrift store or even just an old watch and take the band off. It's just so fun & the possibilities are endless! 

Have fun :)



  1. That's such a cool idea - then you can create different watch straps for different outfits - awesome!

  2. This is a great idea! Im totally going to get an old watch face from a thrift shop and make loads of pretty bands for the summer!x

  3. SO cute! my fav is the one on the far left.

  4. I love this idea!! I too have far too many watches, and they all need new batteries. I have one that was my Grandmothers, and the band can't be shorted, but the face is so delicate and beautiful. I might just have to make a fabric band, and I will finally be able to wear it.
    What a great way to use up some small pieces of fabric too!

  5. seriously, i feel like you are always one step ahead of me! :) i've been dreaming about fabric watch bands for months and just haven't had time to take them for a test drive. yours look so amazing! good job!

  6. great designs, kim! they're so fun. i've been thinking of making a cuff for a while, now i want to add this to my list :)

  7. Such a cute idea, I will have to do this with some watch faces I have that are sitting around. Thanks for the idea.

  8. oh my gosh i LOVE this!! will you make me one please!?? :D

  9. that is a great idea! esp for someone like me w/ bony skinny wrists... perfectly sized!

  10. How clever–I used to love to getting new bands for my favorite watch! Of course, I haven't worn one in years–I should change that!

  11. Kim - these are amazing! In fact, today is my day off & I have been planning on tackling quiet a few sewing projects & I am going to add this one to the list!!!

    I found you from Maiedae & I am so glad I did. You are amazing! where in Colorado are you these days??!

  12. super cute! i don't like wearing watches/bracelets, but I LOVE the idea of this. :)

  13. Obviously, I'm Johnny come lately but I do believe I'll attempt this watchband idea. Thank you

  14. Thumbs up guys you are really carrying out a great job.
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