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« on: January 16, 2011 05:42:25 AM »

The Boy has been complaining that his wallet was falling apart, and could I please make him a new one.

Obviously it should be manly, so no pretty fabrics and the like. I'd tried using that fancy canvas / truck tarpaulin stuff before and it's so hard work to sew through, plus it's not so easy to come by, so I didn't really want to use that again. 

Then I remembered that I recently changed both inner tubes on my bicycle and kept the old ones to try and do something fun with. A new project was born!



I used The Boy's old wallet for measurements. The beauty of bike tubes is that you can do open seams, which leaves much less margin of error (I'm not all that good with seam allowances!).

All in all, it took a little over an hour to make. I had another tube, so I made a second wallet. Mainly because bike tube is fun to sew. Like cutting through butter, only less messy.

Then I used some leftovers to make a triangular key chain pouch.



I want to put a mini bike repair kit in it, but I haven't found one small enough yet.

Finally I made a mini tool roll for my dremel attachments. Excuse the messy zig zag stitch. Sew first, cut later, or it won't go through the sewing machine easily...



I'm a bit obsessed I think.

The Boy seems to like his wallet by the way, he has been using it for more than a week now.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011 11:04:26 AM »

Amazing what you have done with bike inner tubes!
Great job.

I was wondering though: isn't the material smelly? Don't your hands smell of rubber after using it? Not meant as a negative comment, I'm just curious. In case I'm going to use it for crafting too, one day.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011 11:13:28 AM »

very very cool! love that triangular pouch.
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011 11:49:16 AM »

Thanks for the comments  Smiley

I was wondering though: isn't the material smelly? Don't your hands smell of rubber after using it? Not meant as a negative comment, I'm just curious. In case I'm going to use it for crafting too, one day.

It's not that bad. A little bit rubbery at first, but it doesn't go over onto the hands too much, and it wears off quickly. I would cut the tubes open and then wash both inside and outside, but after that it's fine.

very very cool! love that triangular pouch.

There's a tutorial here: http://www.funfabric.com/kast.php?cont=project&kap=1&let=Projekte&art=056. It's in German, but there are lots of pictures of every step so might be useful anyway.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011 02:20:48 PM »

Ah, great to know. Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2011 01:00:54 PM »

Using old bike tubes as fabric is really clever, and it sounds like they are really strong too!  Very manly, and eco-friendly too. Really nice work!

And, thanks for the directions to the triangle pouch, I love the looks of it, and will have to try it myself even though I don't speak German!
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011 08:59:27 PM »

Awesome...always wondered what to do with old inner-tubes from bikes.  So cool!
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011 05:57:55 AM »

Great projects.  I love them. 
Did you have trouble sewign through the tubes at all?  What type of sewing machine needle did you use?
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2011 04:42:45 PM »

I was wondering though: isn't the material smelly? Don't your hands smell of rubber after using it?
I was wondering the same thing!!  Glad there is a solution.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2011 11:42:39 AM »

Oops, I just noticed there are more questions here... Sorry! I thought that thread had long disappeared into the depths of the Craftster archive and never checked back Shocked

Did you have trouble sewign through the tubes at all?  What type of sewing machine needle did you use?

I just used the sewing machine standard needle. An 80 strength I think. It goes through the rubber like butter, it's a real joy to sew! No problem with the transport mechanism of the machine either, for the first couple of seams I used thin paper underneath and above (as with vinyl for example), than noticed that it's absolutely not necessary.


By the way, the boyfriend has been using his wallet for three months now and it's still going strong!  Smiley
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