- four 4 foot lengths of PVC pipe, 1" diameter (don't go smaller or they are too bendy, but bigger is probably OK)
- black spray paint
- 16 yards of 2" wide black elastic
- 4 leather strips (optional)
- something to cut slots in the PVC with (more on that in a bit)
- sewing machine, or needle & thread
Step 1: Cut slots in the PVC pipe
Mark the location of these slots on all the lengths before you start cutting them. The placement doesn't need to be in any kind of precise relationship on a given pipe, but you do want all 4 to be pretty close to the same.
I started to cut these by first drilling a 1/4" hole at each end, and then using my Dremel with a cutting wheel attachment to cut out the PVC between the holes. While this did work, it took a long time and blew dust up my nose. I don't know if PVC dust is poisonous or anything but it does make me sneeze a LOT, so this wasn't a very good solution. Luckily we have a milling machine here at Instructables, and this works much better. If you don't have access to a milling machine (not all of us do) you could do this with a regular electric drill using a routing bit.