Leather Watchstrap


I read an article recently about the demise of watches. Seems most folks these days don’t wear them, in favor of constantly pulling their phone out of their pockets. Sure, it’s one less accessory to deal with, but I can’t imagine going a day without a watch on my wrist.

So, as a great excuse to buy a new watch, I figured I should do a little DIY to make your own leather strap. Timex has released the Weekender model and it’s a simple, classic, timeless look with easily changed pass-through straps. They are really inexpensive and accessible too, but if you’re not wanting to look like everyone else, why not personalize it?

I’ve written up some details for the project, and you can check out the full instructions at Design*Sponge.

This little project is really easy. You’ll use the strap that comes with the watch as a guide, so you can fully cut and punch all the holes in your new strap to match by looking at the original.

This one is keeping the same pass-through look, but also check back for Watchstrap #2 – I’m going to make a traditional two-piece strap for my girlfriend’s watch (yes, we’re gonna be semi-matchy) and I’ll post instructions and a cutting template for you.


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36 Responses to “Leather Watchstrap”

  1. Wow. What a beautiful, classic thing you have just made. It’s gorgeous!

  2. Sutton says:

    Ummmmm seriously? AMAZING. Will they ever be in your shop? This would go awesome with my JCrew Timex watch!

  3. Michael says:

    Certainly adds character to watches. Well done!

  4. Rachelle says:

    I couldn’t do without my watch; love it and my son has just recently got one which he loves wearing (it’s a Timex). Unfortunately his is a stretchy one so I can’t make a replacement strap as there’s no hardware

  5. Bob Tilton says:

    Well done as expected with everything you do. Love.

  6. hollis says:

    Looks great, I did this exact thing about three months ago and haven’t used any canvas or stainless bands since.

  7. John says:

    Beautiful! Please please add to store.

  8. sean says:

    awesome, just ordered two of these watches. my girlfriend has reactions to the metal on her skin normally, so its exciting to see a good looking slip through watch. decided I needed one for myself as well.

  9. Matt says:

    This looks awesome! I really like my weekender and would like it even more with a strap like this. Hoping you guys might start selling these, I’d definitely pick one up!

  10. Nick says:

    As with the rest of your stuff, this looks really well made. I love the stitch details. Well done sir.
    I have a weekender myself and I had cut a leather copy of the watch strap that came with it a few months back but I never did find a source for the hardware. I guess I’ll just do what you recommend and get an ‘ugly’ replacement. Thanks for the write up and as always keep up the great work!

  11. Tim says:

    This is a really cool project idea and the final result is fantastic. I was wondering what was the kind of leather you used for the strap and what weight was it? Thank you and again, wonderful work.

    • MMP says:

      Thanks Tim. I think it was about 4.5 oz weight leather, chrome tanned upholstery leather.

  12. Joel says:

    Amazing, I love your DIY bits. I’ve ordered the watch so I can make this strap. Keep the DIY’s coming, they stop me watching tele!!

  13. Zack says:

    Matt – Any idea when we can expect to see these go on sale? I’m holding off buying the watch until I have the strap :)

  14. sean says:

    Ive made two so far one for my girlfriend and myself. Thanks for the ideas, it gave me an excuse and easy way into doing leather work. Since i’ve made toe straps for my bike, a belt, and two types of wallet/phone sleeves, got a lot of other ideas coming through as well.

    Anyone got any other ideas for good looking inexpensive faces? I wouldn’t mind a wider thicker strap.

    Keep up the good work!

  15. Becca says:

    Hey Matt! Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial. I can’t wait to pick up my supplies this weekend and take a stab at it. It’s going to be an awesome gift for my fiance :)

    Also, I focused my own slideshow this week on goods for men, and had to feature your leather strap. You can check it out here: http://www.good.is/post/self-made-man-diy-pocket-squares-skinny-ties-and-cufflinks/ (Feel free to share, if you like!)


  16. kristi says:

    Can’t wait to see this in the store. I’ll be trying it out myself, too.

  17. Greg says:

    Job well done making the strap yourself, however leather NATO straps are common and easily accessible through online retailers. I think your version looks better than the ones I’ve seen, but wanted to make people aware that they are out there and they don’t have to make their own to achieve the same look.

  18. Klaus says:

    Possibly a pointless comment but I am using your blog as a major reference for my Architecture thesis and final project. Its early days yet but have been following your makings for a while now.

  19. Carl says:

    Matt, I am interested in finding out what you are charging for your band. I recently purchased a Aeromatic 1912 replica WWII paratrooper watch (20mm lug) that came with the NATO nylon band. The band has to go and I have none of the tools needed to make a vintage style band. Thanks, Carl

    • MMP says:

      Hi Carl, that watch sounds cool. If you check shop.woodandfaulk.com, you can see the latest watch bands and prices.

  20. Josh says:

    Can you tell me where you get your hardware for your straps? I also like the weight of your thread. Is that purchased locally? Love everything about your site!

    • MMP says:

      I get the hardware from a manufacturer. When I was experimenting with smaller quantities, I found some on ebay. The thread used on this strap was from Oregon Leather, I believe.

  21. Joshua says:

    Hey guys, Lovely work. I’ve just purchased the Cordovan No.8 (20mm). Just wondering whether it will fit through the weekender as comfortably as this little gem? If not could you recommend any similar alternatives? Thanks!

  22. Mat says:

    I’ve seen a few versions of these but this is just stunning. i love the idea of your collaborative work space by the way. best wishes from england

  23. Max says:

    What is the name of the tool used to cut the ends? the heavy Iron one. I’ve searched everywhere but can’t find one

  24. Chris says:

    Great tutorial! I used it to make a Xmas present for my Dad using some beautiful Horween Chromexcel. Love to know what you thought;