Sunday 3 November 2013

How to: Interchangeable Watch Straps

I am something of a watch and clock fiend. I don't know quite what it is, but I'm instinctively drawn to time pieces in any shape or form. Inevitably, the straps of a much loved watch eventually become worn out and a bit scruffy, so here's a tutorial for new, interchangeable watch straps.

You Will Need:

  • The face of an old watch
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

This is a great thing to do with those fabric scraps which are tiny, but too beautiful to throw away. I'm using a mixture of fabric here, any fabric type seems to work just fine. Recognise that stripy number? Yes, it's the return of my old nemesis, the Waterproof Shirt!

Cut out strips of your fabric that fit around your wrist with extra length to tie a knot with. Mine were 5cm wide and 35cm long, and tapered towards the ends. Fold these strips in half lengthways with right sides facing, and sew down the seam, leaving a gap to turn your strap out. Sew up your gap, and if necessary, use an iron to press your straps.

Thread through the holes on your watch strap (where the original straps were), and tie in a knot around your wrist.

Make as many as you want, to go with different outfits. This would also look amazing done with ribbon or lace!

Let me know if you try this, or if you have any other ways of making watch straps!

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