Monday, October 4, 2010

Tutorial: Fabric Watch Bands

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You’ll need:

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I bought my watch face at a local craft store (Porters) but you can find them at craft stores in the beads section…or here, here, or here online. Mine was about $10.

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For a CHUNKY watch band, see the updated version of this tutorial here.

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If you want to make these for gifts but don’t know how big the recipients wrist is, make them a tad bigger and either use a larger strip of velcro, or a couple of D rings so it can be adjustable. I would make the strip larger and add 2 or 3 sets of snaps so that they can make it tighter or looser. I’m pretty sure every one of my friends/family is getting one of these for Christmas.

34 comments:

amycornwell said...

I love this - super cute. Thanks so much!

Katie B. said...

I'm so making this! Thanks for the tutorial!

randi---i have to say said...

very fun! thanks for the how-to!

Tasha said...

This is DARLING. What a cute cute idea!!

Cate said...

cute - pity i don't wear watches! x

Jill J said...

Oh My Gosh, this is brilliant! I'm sensing these as Christmas presents too. :)

p.s. Thanks, thanks, thanks for all the tutorials (with clear instructions) you put on your blog. I don't know how you have the time to do it all!

a little bit biased said...

Very cute and inventive. Great tutorial. Doesn't look too hard. I think I've got a watch face around here that will work...

courtney*adele said...

What type of snap fastener do you use? I got one and the snaps just don't work on the fabric.... I'd love to find one that really works!

Petit Design Co. said...

I love your red watch face! I want one, it;s so adorable

Trista said...

That is adorable, I had no clue you could even buy just the watch face. I am in love with the ruffles.

Las Creaciones de Boricua said...

Pretty!!!!!!!! what a good idea!!!!!!!!!

Angela said...

Now this is cute! What a fun idea, and what a great way to enjoy your favorite fabrics all day long!

Karey said...

Great idea - these are so cute! I'll have to put this on my list the next time I go to Hobby Lobby, which is, um... tomorrow, since I forgot something today! :)

Genie said...

Your tutorials are the best...always easy to read and follow....ad very clever and cute.

Genie

Whosies said...

i love the look and to have it custom matching is a total plus. i am all for the ruffely stuff too.

Jayme said...

Al, your genious! And I love it!! I just bought a watch face for someone for Christmas, and I love the look of the fabric SOOO much more than beads!!!! Thanks for the tute!!!

Emily Elizabeth said...

Ohhh, this is fantastic! I will definitely be making some of these :)

dogloverlaura said...

Where in the world do you come up with such beautiful ideas? And ..... so glad to see you are feeling better. Great Christmas and birthday gift idea!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This is just adorable. Love it. The ruffle is such a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing!

Anna said...
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Anna said...

Very great tutorial! I like that ruffle detail in the middle of the one band. And thank you for linking to my Etsy shop; very much appreciated. :)

Em said...

Cute cute! Just in time for Christmas. Scruffy Ruffles sounds like a distant cousin to Snuffalufagous on Sesame Street! I love it!!!!!!!!!! Love, Em

di said...

Oh my goodness! This is DARLING!!! I love it and thanks so much for sharing such a fun project tutorial with us! :-)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so, so pretty! I love the ruffle. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Katie said...

This is adorable! I love it, especially the ruffle. :)

PVB said...

LOVE this! A perfect way to convert old watches into VEGAN version! Woo Hoo!
Thanks SEW much
Pink Velvet Bird

Lisa said...

This is REALLY cute! I love wearing fun watches and people expect me to always have new ones so I have to try this! Thanks!

Amy said...

This is great! I look forward to making one!

twobutterflies said...

I'm loving this. I have all of these old, broken watches lying around. Now I have to replace the batteries and get them working so I can do this project.

ewecan said...

This is so cute. Loved the way you turned the tube with the safety pin. What a great tip. Usually my watch bands have that little loop on them that the end of the band goes through and it always gets broken, now I can revive those watch faces with a new, made by me, band.

Jessica said...

Love this idea so much! I haven't broken my sewing machine out of the box yet...but I'll be a watch making fool pretty soon for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sarah said...

This is great. Thanks so much for posting!!!

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Cathleen said...

This is such a great idea!
No one nowadays wears watches, everyone I know relies on their phone for the time. But I say, long live watches! If they all looked like this, I think everyone would wear one

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