Tug Belt - a Minimalist Belt That Fits in Your Wallet





Introduction: Tug Belt - a Minimalist Belt That Fits in Your Wallet

About: Industrial Designer by day, Maker by night.

Forgot your belt?
Have a pair of pants that are slightly too big?

If so, you may be interested in building this Tug Belt.

Here are the highlights:
- It tightens your pants by twisting a belt-loop.
- It fits in your wallet.
- It's easy to make

You can build your own Tug Belt out of an old credit card by following this tutorial.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Here's what you will need:

An old credit card
- Make sure it does not include any important or private information.
- Make sure it is of a standard credit card size and (Ideally) doesn't have any raised lettering.

Safety Glasses
- If you like your eyeballs.

The Paper Print-Out
- Print the attached PDF
- Ensure your print-settings do not scale or crop it, or it will not be the correct size.

- For cutting the paper print-out and credit card.
- Optional: Heavy-Duty Scissors for easier cutting of the credit card.

Double-Sided Tape
- For temporarily attaching the print-out to the credit card

- For more accurate drilling

Drill / Drill Bits
- For drilling into the credit card.
- 3/16" and 1/8" DIA drill bits.

Random Block of Wood
- To ensure you don't drill into your table or hand.

Sand Paper
- To smooth out your cuts

Step 2: Cut and Mount the Print Out

Cut along the outer, dotted lines of the paper print-out (file is located in the previous step). This should give you a shape that is identical in size to your credit card.

Use double-sided tape to secure the paper to the credit card.

NOTE: Which side of the credit card (and which orientation) you tape to matters.
- If you plan to wear your Tug Belt on your RIGHT-SIDE then tape the paper to the back-side of your credit card if you want the front side visible when worn. (not shown in pics)
- If you want to wear your Tug Belt on the LEFT-SIDE then tape the paper to the front-side of your credit card if you want that side visible when worn. (as shown in the pics)

Step 3: Drill It

Use that random block of wood as a backing-plate to prevent drilling into your table.

Then use the center-punch and drill accordingly with the 1/8" and 3/16" DIA drill bits.

Step 4: Cut It

Use your scissors (or ideally heavy-duty scissors) to cut along the solid black line.

You can optionally use an Xacto-blade to cut the tight spots.

Be sure not to bend the credit card too much. Credit card material (PVCA) isn't particularly strong. When I made them, I used to laser-cut them from a much stronger material (Delrin) and sanded it to get a soft-touch surface.

Step 5: Sand It

Remove the paper and double-sided tape from the credit card.

Sand the edges smooth so that they don't cut your skin or clothing.

Congrats! You just made your own Tug Belt.
(Fancy laser-cut Tug Belt also shown in picture)

Now you just need to learn how to wear it (the next step)...

Step 6: Wear It

Follow the pictured instructions to wear it.

And when you are not wearing it, store it in your wallet.




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Did not work with my jeans not strong enough to pull and twist loop.

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Perhaps I should have mentioned it in the instructions, but you need to lift your pants up, then twist the Tug Belt on.

I made one and it didn't work with my jeans. I followed the instructions cor

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Hey Jasper. Thanks for making one dude.

I've tried it on a variety of adult pants and it worked with all of them, so if you can explain why it didn't work with your jeans I might be able to help you.

Also: It's not the most intuitive installation, so be sure to follow the diagram directions to insure you are using it properly.

Thanks, and looking forward to your response.

When I try to put it on, it folds in half. Maybe it's the wrong material?

hum, it's supposed to curve with your waist, but not fold in half.

Credit card material (PVCA) breaks easily if it is bent too-much so I wouldn't expect yours to last very long if it is folding. I'd suggest trying to find a thicker or stiffer credit-card, perhaps glue two together if your credit cards aren't strong enough. Best of luck.

Amazingly ingenious!

Brilliant. If things keep going the way they are in this country, we are all gonna need one:)

Good idea. Or I could tie a piece of cording to two belt loops.

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You could also zip-tie two belt loops together.

A one-time use solution with a zip-tie though, but might be faster than tying a knot.

Zip ties are fast but pokey. I'l try it and see if I can get it angled comfortably. Zip tie would focus the tension narrowly and could wear down the fabric.

Just hit 100 "Favorites". So awesome.

Thanks guys.



great product, and instructable. If I bought one I know I'd forget to put back in my wallet after first use

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I'm starting to get better at writing instructions, but they are still taking me more time than I would like (this one was 6 hours to document).

They stay on your pants quite well, even if you take your pants off. That being said, I haven't run a Tug Belt through the wash yet, but I imagine the Delrin would hold up. Not sure about the credit card material, perhaps you could build one and test that for me.


This is very well written. I appreciate the time you put into word crafting. It shows! It makes a huge difference. Thanks! This is a great idea. I hope you sell a lot.

It takes so many hours to make an Instructable, and then you look back 1 day later and say to yourself "Wow. "I could have done all of this in 15 minutes."

Been there close to 100 times ;)

Neat! Such a simple little thing anyone can make, that's excellent. :)