DIY Apple Watch Elastic Watch Band

For those of you who have Apple Watches, here is a fun little tutorial showing you how to make your own elastic watch band.

Having the ability to switch out your watch band now and again is kinda nice. I am going to show you how to make a band using elastic. This is a quick 10-minute project.

There are several different options for elastic out there. You can make the band as wide or narrow as would like, as long as it fits into the hardware. Check your fabric stores for the “foldover” elastic. I find it’s a lot softer than the waistband elastic.  A lot of people use this elastic to make headbands with. If you’re lucky you can find some with fun designs woven into them. Here is a link for the foldover elastic that has a good variety of colors.

watch band items needed

Watch Band Items Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing elastic (3/4 inch-1 inch)
  • Apple band adapters
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins


Measure your wrist at the location where you wear your watch.

Subtract ½ inch.

Cut the elastic to that measurement.

Measure 5/8 inch from both edges and mark with a pin.

Fold the ends over at the pin point and then fold under again ¼ inch.

Topstitch along the folded edge to hold in place. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam. (Do this for both sides)

Take the screw that comes with the adapter kit and unscrew the TINY screw until the little arm of the holder releases.

Pivit the arm out so you can slide the elastic onto it.

VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!! The adapter has a topside and an underside. The underside will have a little button in the center that is used to release it from the watch. THAT BUTTON NEEDS TO BE PLACED ON THE UNDERSIDE, SO MAKE SURE YOUR WATCH BAND IS PLACED ACCORDINGLY.

watch band tighten screw

Once you have the band onto the adapter, place the arm back into position and screw in place.

(These screws are teeny tiny, so be careful not to drop and loose them).


Do this on both sides and you are finished.





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