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Bicycle Tube Belt

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In this instructable I'm going to show you how to make a belt out of an old bike tube. This is a very easy last minute gift idea.

My uncle loves fixing bikes. He gave my a whole box of old bike tubes to play around with. This is one of the things I came up with after seeing different versions of belts online.

Btw. you can find some amazing belt buckles around Instuctables, e.g. "Custom Belt Buckles", "Bioshock Belt Buckle in Bronze" or "I Heart Bacon Buckle".
 
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Step 1: What you need

Stuff you need:
  • old bike tube (one with a 4 cm width works best)
  • sewing machine
  • thick yarn (I used the type you use for leather)
  • belt buckle
  • Press fasteners
  • super glue
  • hole punch
  • stapler

Step 2: Sewing

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Before you start you will have to cut the valve off and wash the tube. The best way to do so is with soapy water. Then measure your bike tube and cut it to the correct length. Remember to add about 6-7 cm to attach the belt buckle later.

Sewing a bike tube is surprisingly simple. If your machine is having problems, simply add a small layer of oil on top of the tube. I used a straight stitch and after I was all the way around tried it strength. I noticed that the stitch was to weak and I was able to tear it apart.So I added an other stitch next to it, as shown in the pictures. I used super glue to prevent the stitches from opening.

Step 3: Secure the belt

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To help holding the excess belt in place I used a small piece of the tube and stitched it together as shown in the first picture. I found out that the best way to secure it is with a stapler, as shown in the second picture. Make sure it fits around two layers of the belt and move on to the next step.
inertia181 year ago
nice one
xero.inc1 year ago
Nice idea, but doesn't smell the Belt very bad?
BrittLiv (author)  xero.inc1 year ago
Thanks, it doesn't smell at all. I put it in the washing machine before wearing it for the first time, but just to clean it once again.
yoyology1 year ago
Great idea, and extremely polished results. Well done!
Brillidea1 year ago
I been wondering what all those inner tubes could be used for, though of some ideas but this seems really doable. I kknow it's not recycling as such but I think I would prefer "O" rings as the belt loops so as to avoid the staples which could come undone.
Brill
BrittLiv (author)  Brillidea1 year ago
Ahh they are called belt loops? I was wondering how to call them. I like the idea of using O-rings, though the stapled ones are very durable.
In truth I have no idea what most things are called I used to work on my todd a lot and tools existed as that thing over there which made life fun teaching, my fellow teachers were positively nuts when I said sand paper rather than to glass paper. So who knows, if you know what I mean thats about as good as it gets.
Mrballeng1 year ago
I'm amazed at how nice this turned out. Great work.
BrittLiv (author)  Mrballeng1 year ago
Hi, just pm me your belt size and the colour you would like the stitches to be and I will make you one.
:) :) :) :) :) You don't have to tell me twice. Thanks!!!!
triumphman1 year ago
Where can I get those belt buckles ? Perfect stocking stuffers. Info. please! Send me a private message. Thanks. Triumphman.
BrittLiv (author)  triumphman1 year ago
Hi, I got them on ebay. Just search for "nightmare before christmas belt buckle" or "batman belt buckle"
wow great idea!
ray741 year ago
Very creative.