What are these?
My watch band broke a couple of weeks ago and I've been meaning to go buy a new one. Boring black or brown.
I remembered coming across an article in a June, 2004 Fons and Porter magazine about making a watch band. Is that really possible?
Well, it is possible but it is a lot of work too! So tiny! The magazine article gave instructions for a crazy quilt type of watch band. I wanted triangles.. And after sewing, turning these little things right side out was a real bear!!!
The watch spring bars go through loops of grosgrain ribbon... And let me tell you, that ribbon frays pretty easily. I had to make three tries. And it pulls there too so I reinforced my top-stitch quite heavily... Not the neatest job.
The magazine suggested using Velcro. I looked at my old broken watch band lying beside the sewing machine and wondered if I could reuse the gold clasp instead... It would mean punching a hole or two in the band... It would mean adding a flap loop...
I did it! My watch now has a new watchband. I don't know how sturdy this is going to be... Maybe I can learn from experience and the next one I make will go smoother.