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How to Create a Fashionable Zip Clutch Bag from Innertubes and Curtains

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Old bicycle innertubes are a fun and durable material that can be used to create lots of cool items once you know how to work with this material. This is the third in a series of projects that use innertubes as the base material. If you are new to sewing you may want to start with a Koozie and in no time you will be creating more complex items.

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

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Prepare the innertubes by cutting them lengthwise.
Most tubes have lines you can follow to make a straight cut. 

Step 2: Wash the Innertubes

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If you are lucky the innertube will just have white powder inside that easily rinses off. 
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

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Decide on the width of your clutch and add about 2" for seam allowance.
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

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For this example I used the industrial walkingfoot sewing machine at the Techshop in San Francisco.
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.
bricobart6 months ago

Thanx for reminding me that innertubes are great stuff to work with - once I repaired a waterleak with it! ;)

Ready to use in my next I'ble!