watch band refashion

i love the classic, simple face of my trusty timex watch...

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but i don't love the janky band, especially since it broke and i had to press a hair elastic into service to hold down the end:

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clearly, it was time for an upgrade. i decided to go for a cuff style.

first i removed the band, leaving the crossbars.

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then i found a fabric that i liked and cut it up. i made the length the circumference of my wrist plus an inch and a half for seam allowance and overlap for fastening, and made the width as wide as i thought looked good.

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i then cut the same size in another fabric--because i had chosen corduroy for the front, i used a thin fabric for the back so that the end product wouldn't be too bulky.

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i placed the two fabrics right-side-together, pinned them, and sewed up on both long sides and one short side.

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i snippped the corners...

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...and then turned it inside out, using a letter opener to poke the corners into shape (anything semi-pointy will do---a small crochet hook, a pencil...). then i turned the ends of the open side in and sewed them up. next came a fastener. i had some snaps in my sewing cabinet, so i went with that:

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but you could go with lots of other options: a button, hook and eye, velcro, whatever.

then i sewed the watch on to the band. i realized as i was doing this--and having to be really careful to only go through the top layer of fabric so that my stitches didn't show on the back--that i should have sewn the watch on the the top fabric before i sewed the two pieces of fabric together. so, learn from my mistake! i just sewed around the crossbars, at the corners, using thin thread that matched my fabric:

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but you could use embroidery thread or yarn, in the same color as your fabric or a complimentary one, and make the stitching more of a decorative element.

and, voila!

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stylish and comfy.

- cakehouse

An Eco-Friendly Accessory

Alright ladies, you all know you do it, and some of you men too out there with your ties. Someone gives you a gorgeous silk scarf or tie, and you love it, but does it ever see the light of day? My guess is not so much. I’m guilty too! Those scarves are so amazing, but how to wear them? So we just tuck them away in our closets or drawers in the hope that someday they may be used. Or we lie to ourselves, saying that we will make a pretty cushion cover out of it, or wrap our hair-dos in it. But instead, the scarf makes many friends back there in that drawer since chances are, we’ve collected more than a few of these treasures.

Well have I got a solution for you! Not only is it eco-conscious, it’s also fashionable, can be sentimental, and has a catchy name too! The Original Beadscarf® is a great way to recycle your gorgeous scarves into a beautiful one-of-a-kind accessory that you can wear anywhere!

I can use any size scarf for these creations. By carefully manipulating a scarf around recycled beads, I create an adjustable length accessory that can be worn as a necklace.

You may have seen similar styles before. However,
The Original Beadscarf® can be custom made from scarves and ties that carry sentimental value. I have been commissioned to create Beadscarves with materials that previously belonged to grandmothers or late husbands.

Since it is made from repurposed materials The Original Beadscarf® is an eco-friendly accessory. It's environmentally responsible, and it makes a statement that everyone can relate to.

So go on, dig up those ties, scarves, skirts, blouses or other silk fabrics you’ve tucked away for a special project. The Original Beadscarf® is the special project they’ve been waiting for!

-Lorina
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Copabananas - I repurpose familiar items and hope it makes people look at them in a new and greener way. Whether it's cardboard packaging, plastic shopping bags, vintage sewing patterns, or lost gloves, I'm always making something new from something used in an effort to green our lives.


Ellis Designs - I officially launched the company in 2000 with a collection of hand knit accessories for women. Since then, the line has expanded to include hand knit accessories for the whole family, sunhats, hand dyed silks and hair accessories.



Knit Knit - I use yarn from a family owned yarn mill in Nebraska that now uses 90% less water in their yarn production. Go green! Other materials are purchased at local or US based supply shops & small businesses. Yarn and fabric scraps are saved for future projects so that every little bit gets used. I also ship via USPS Priority Mail for domestic orders which uses recycled cardboard for their packaging.



Rocks and Salt -Rocks and Salt is a small accessories design and manufacturing company based in Brooklyn, NY specializing in hats and jewelry. Rocks and Salt holds to the principle of a sustainable trade of our energies rather than the illusion of rapid growth. In this manner we are able to maintain control of our creative design and quality of production. Our limited editions of smart designs are all handmade with a discerning eye toward quality, style, and function.