Introduction: Tug Belt - a Minimalist Belt That Fits in Your Wallet
Forgot your belt?
Have a pair of pants that are slightly too big?
If so, you may be interested in building (or buying) 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
I sell Tug Belts that are precision laser-cut from a much stronger and softer material. If you are interested in checking them out, or purchasing them please visit the website:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Retail Tug Belts are cut from a much stronger material (Delrin) with 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.
(Retail Tub 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.
Visit the website to see what the retail Tug Belts look like: