For this project I used 2 inner tubes for the bag. I selected thin tubes and used an old curtain for the lining.
I added a scrap piece of leather patch with a design I burnt on using a CNC laser.
You can skip the leather patch or choose another material to sew on making your bag unique.
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Step 1: Cut the Innertubes Lengthwise
Most tubes have lines you can follow to make a straight cut.
Step 2: Wash the Innertubes
In some cases a yellow gook may be present that was used to perevent punctures.
Although not so pleasing to look at this material easily rinses off.
Step 3: Cut the Innertubes Into 6 Sections for Desired Width
For this example we have a 4" clutch so 6 pieces were cut each to 6".
Step 4: Sew 3 Innertube Sections Together for Each Panel
Theoretically you can use a regular sewing machine just make sure to adjust the tension to so the material does not bulge.
It may take some experimenting.
No need to "lock" the stitch by sewing in reverse since the panels will be cut to size and locked after the lining is added.
Step 5: Sew in the Lining
Cut the lining a little larger than the size of your innertube panel.
Next sew the lining to each of the two panels.
I folded the lining over the inner tube panels on one side of each panel to create a nice texture.
Step 6: Cut Off the Edges
I used a paper cutter to show you how thin and easy to cut innertubes are.
Step 7: Connect the Panel Together With a Zipper
Make sure the zipper is facing up.
Backside of zipper is on the same side as inside lining (as in picture).
Sew the zipper in place.
Step 8: Fold the Panels Over Inside Out Then Sew 3 Sides Shut
Keeping the panels aligned sew the remaining three sides together.
Step 9: Clean Up the Edges
Step 10: Turn Inside and Off You Go!
The only items bought new were the zipper and thread.
I made it at the TechShop San Francisco.