DIY Lace Cuff Watch

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Are you as excited as I am that spring finally appears to have arrived?  After a seemingly endless winter I am so ready to move the dark, heavy colors out of my wardrobe and out of my jewelry box as well.  I want some bright, happy colors that remind me that summer is just around the corner and it’s time to let loose and enjoy the change of seasons.  But I didn’t want to rush out and buy a ton of new items, I was hoping that they might magically appear in my closet.  Sadly, no matter how tightly I squeezed my eyes shut and wished, this never happened.  Okay then, on to plan B; make some new pieces.  Like for instance, this super cute DIY lace cuff watch.  Got less than $10 and about 10 minutes?  Cool, then you can make one too!


Supplies Needed:

2″ wide stretch lace (will need enough to comfortably wrap around your wrist twice)

a watch face (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 – brought down to $4.80 with coupon)

sewing machine or needle and thread

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Start by wrapping the lace around your wrist comfortably, not too tight, but keep it taught.  Cut the lace at that measurement and set aside.  Thread the watch face onto a second piece of lace, making sure that it is laying as flat as possible.  Again, wrap around your wrist and cut.  You should now have two separate pieces of lace, one with the watch face threaded on.


Lay the lace with the watch face on top of the other piece of lace and gather all four ends together and pin.  Flip inside out and sew right sides together at the very edge.  You  may want to sew this line a couple more times as it will be stretched each time you put the watch on or off.  Trim any excess thread, turn right side out and you are ready to rock your brand new DIY lace cuff watch!

So effortless, so straightforward, and yet such a huge impact!  I am definitely going to be making this watch in more colors…mint is next on my list.  What color would you like to make?



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  1. This is so cute, where did you find the stretch lace?

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Loving this adorable watch band. I have couple watches needing bands so will see if this will work. The color of lace you used is gorgeous, feminine, love how it looks. Great post, glad I found it on the link party. Happy week Pinned

  3. Beautiful! I am so glad I ran across this from the Creativity UnLeashed Link party. Looks so simple. I just got a watch for Easter, but it is driving me crazy because the band hurts my wrist. Maybe I can repurpose it with this idea! Smart and frugal, always two things I love. Thanks for a great post!
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  4. Yes, very easy, BUT, a bit tricky. First, finding the lace in the color you want–darn, is that a little challenge or what? 😉 The problem with putting this together is that the watch is heavy and the lacy is light, making it difficult to turn the whole thing inside out to sew. The easiest way was to pin the lace together with pins after mounting the watch. Also, be sure to check the size of the watch-face. I am 6’1″ and 145 Lb, but my bones are very small and I have narrow wrists. I got the same watch-face you did, but got two other pretty ones from Hobby Lobby. They are enormous for me, so I’ll just make them for friends with wider wrists. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh no, sorry to hear that it was such a process for you! I’m glad that you were able to make it work though! Thanks for the feedback!

      • Oh, no big deal. I just thought I’d share my experience. I plan to put a couple of small stitches gathering the two sheets of lace, right under the watch, I believe, will stop it from wobbling.

  5. Where did you come up with the inspiration for this?

  6. Kristen,

    What an amazing idea! I never even thought of doing a lace cuff watch! I am a watch enthusiasts, from vintage watches, modern, LED’s, Automatic, mechanical watches – you name it! I really enjoyed your post and will be sharing it with my readers!
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  7. I’m sorry. I’m completely missing how this is attached to your wrist. Do you twist it (like you would a hair tie) and its a large circle? What does the underside of your wrist look like while wearing it.


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