Thursday, 7 November 2013

Leather wrap watch - guest post


Hello, Archie and the Rug readers! First off, congratulations to Nicolette for such an amazing blog! To many more happy blogiversaries!

I'm Hanna and I blog about all things handmade over at Pearls & Scissors. And today, I'm here to share a simple, yet super stylish leather wrap watch tutorial with you. I think we've all seen them, drooled over them, wanted them, needed them so bad, but perhaps you, like me, still don't have one! Don't worry, there actually pretty easy to make, and I'm going to show you how.


This is what you'll need to make your own designer (psst! - the designer is you) watch:



The process is pretty self-explanatory when you look at the above picture, so I'm just going to comment on a few points.
 
1. The very first step you need to make is measure the desired length of your watch strap. Take a measuring tape and put it around your wrist the number of times you'd like your watch to wrap around. Make sure it's just as snug as well. Now add about 5cm for the tip of the strap and for the seam allowance on the buckle side. Don't worry about it too much, you can always shorten it later if need be.
2. The second step is to cut the leather. The width of the leather again depends on your desire, but also the buckle width. So measure the last and then cut your strap using the 2 measurements: the desired length of your strap and the width of the narrowest part of the buckle.
3. The rest of the process goes exactly like in the pictures above. If you don't have a hole puncher, you could also use an awl for that job.
4. In step 7 the marking in red indicate the place where I sewed in the watch. I just put the strap on my wrist as I would wear it, marked the spot of the watch, and then sewed the watch to the strap.
5. Use whatever embellishments you'd like to add the final design elements to your watch. I used iron-on studs for example.


Now I'm a proud owner of a designer Pearls & Scissors wrist watch. Pretty cool, right?

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