Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Fabric Watch Band

I don't know about you, but I am loving this girl month, it's been so much fun to think about girlie things!! Hooray for being a girl :). When I saw this idea, it immediately hit my to do list. So I finally got to it and I love how it turned it. I love how it looks and the fact that I could use scrap fabric for it, it's great!

This is how I made it:
1) I measured the width of the band. You'll have to double the distance and add 1/2". So mine was 5/8" and so I cut my strip 2". Cute watch face, huh? I got it from Chunky Bling!


2) Then measure your waist and add 2" to it. Mine was 6" so I cut the strip 2"x8"

3) I then folded the two fronts together and then sewed the side, then I turned it inside out

4) Next for the pleated strip in the middle. I cut the fabric 32"x1 1/4". I didn't need that long but I didn't want to be too short

5) I then folded one side 1/4" and ironed it

6) I folded the other side 1/4" and ironed it. I didn't want to hem the edges of it

7) Now for the pleats. I used my sewing machine to do it. I first put the needle into the fabric to hold it. Then I push the fabric to make a bump.

8) I then put down the presser foot on the bump to flatten it out and make the pleat. I then sewed it. I did that to the whole strip

Here it is completed

Here are the two pieces

9) I then pinned the two together and sewed them together. I then hemmed the ends.

10) I then sewed (by hand) some snaps onto the strip.

Add it to the watch band and just like that, it's completely transformed.

Here's another one that I did, doing a ruffle in the middle.



19 comments:

WobiSobi said...

Wow, this is so cute, and easy to make. I love this. Thanks for sharing. Love your Blog!

Donnie said...

That's really cute and your tutorial was great.

Stacy said...

I keep seeing those ruffley things all over blogland but never knew how to do it. Thanks!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

Love this idea!! I am featuring it on Handmade Features @ Ladybug Blessings! Go get a badge if you would like :) This is such a great idea!

whimsy*couture*sewing*tutorials said...

Thank you for linking this awesome tutorial!! I have always loved fabric watch bands! Love your blog, too!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

Katri said...

looks wonderful! i've just caught the watch bug...I only have one but want loads more! maybe like this :)

Jami said...

oohh! I LOVE the ruffle best. How cute!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

What a great idea! I love the cute little ruffle! It makes it all girl!

Thanks for linking up!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Meg said...

What a fun idea! I love how you executed it. The ruffles are super cute.

MMB Creations said...

I have scraps. I can do that.

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Very cute!

Andrea said...

What an awesome idea! Love it.

AmieAnn said...

This is awesome! Love that it is simple and ruffly! Too cute! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Fantastic! I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

Seamingly Smitten said...

Nice trick for the pleats! I love this project!

Ginger said...

Cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Monica said...

BRILLIANT!!! SO impressed... you are a genius!

xxx Monica

handmadebyclairebear.com said...

I've been thinking of doing this with my current watch, the strap is getting so horrible-looking. Thanks for the tutorial, another one for my to-do list (and my bookmarks)