Introduction: Uber Band

Uber band is a soft, expandable money clip made from durable industrial elastic. It allows simple access to all your cards and cash, while keeping them tightly in place both in and out of your pocket.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Uber band is pretty easy to make. All you need is:

About a half foot of 2" wide industrial elastic
Thread color of your choice
A sewing machine (not pictured!)
A measuring tape or ruler
Fabric sheers
A little pair of sheers for cutting thread
1 Straight pin




Step 2: Measure & Trim

The first thing you'll need to do is trim down your elastic to about a 4.5" length.

Step 3: Defray

Now that you've got the appropriate length of elastic, you'll want to finish the edges so that they don't end up fraying over time. I used an overlock stitch to finish the edges but a zig zag stitch will also do the trick, as jessyratfink shows in her slim elastic wallet instructable.

Step 4: Pin and Sew

After defraying your edges, fold the elastic in half so that the two ends meet. Pin it about half an inch away from the ends; this will help ensure that they stay aligned when making the seam. Make a straight stitch just to the inside of the existing overlock or zig zag stitch to join the two ends together, making sure to go over your stitch twice at both beginning and end.

Step 5: Flip

Next just flip the elastic inside out so that the seam becomes hidden.

Step 6: Stretch and Stuffify

You did it! Stretch your Uber band over top your cards and cash and fall in love. To find easily find a card in the middle of the stack just  place your thumb and index fingers on either side to spread them apart; pick the card out without having to remove every card. The extra material thickness of the seam provides a perfect spot to tuck back and insert cash. Enjoy!

Comments

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jrv411 made it!(author)2013-06-09

Very cool, I used an even more low budget approach. I stacked the cards I carry daily to include driver and work ID's. I put a business card on top and bottom of the stack, I then single wrapped (you can wrap 2X for more durability) with Gorilla tape, you'll need to do an upper and lower wrap if wrapping width-wise. This allows me to access/stash cards from top and bottom or side to side depending on how you carry.

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jrv411 made it!(author)2013-06-09

You can also use duct tape but I prefer the black of Gorilla tape.

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2012-12-06

Cool! Nice practical design :)

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-06

Thanks! It had been too long since my last able.

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2013-01-16

Agreed :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!

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RMH14621 made it!(author)2013-01-16

Where do I get this Industrial Elastic?

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USanityB made it!(author)2012-12-10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh0UvrR8UM4

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Helder4u made it!(author)2012-12-09

U are worthy of the Nobel Prize for simplicity and usefulness!

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-10

You are too kind haha. Looks like I'm not the only person who arrived at this design though, as whatcansixdoforyou pointed out below.

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suayres made it!(author)2012-12-09

You can give yourself extra fray-prevention backup by applying a substance known as "Fray Check". Basically, it's a fabric glue which, well, stops fabric from fraying.

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jjmcgaffey made it!(author)2012-12-10

Only thing is, I don't think Fray Chek stretches very well. It might crack and peel off the elastic. It's great for non-stretchy cloth, though.

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-10

Good point. :]

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paupi made it!(author)2012-12-10

This does remind me of the "TGT wallets" (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jacksutter/tgt-tight-a-new-kind-of-wallet) that have just come out. Two people who have the same problem arrive to the same conclusion. Great instructable though.

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paupi made it!(author)2012-12-10

I just saw it had been mentioned further down. sorry

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-10

It's funny, the reason I arrived at this form factor was because it allowed unique accessibility to every card simply by spreading them within the band. I checked out the TGT wallets yesterday for the first time and at no point is this feature advertised. I think they are missing a big feature of this design! For me it was about making a wallet that functioned as well in hand as it did in a pocket.

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dollywild made it!(author)2012-12-09

Nice! Useful, good looking, simple to make. Perfect! Thanks!

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KickSucker2013 made it!(author)2012-12-09

Nice instructable! Huge market for these based on the 317k raised in 30 days on Kickstarter... a little clever marketing goes a long way ;)
Here is the link > http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jacksutter/tgt-tight-a-new-kind-of-wallet?ref=users

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-09

Whoa! Didn't even know about that one! Thanks for sharing.

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danzo321 made it!(author)2012-12-09

Handsome, but how is this functionally better than the rubber band I use?

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-09

Elastic is rubber covered by polyester. They both stretch but elastic is soft. This makes for a friendlier pocket material that won't snag against fabric, and allows cards to be inserted under the band much easier. This wide elastic is also more comfortable in the hand and far more durable than a rubber band. But if that's not enough added functionality, it is also handsome, as you mentioned. :]

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devlogic made it!(author)2012-12-07

Do you find that it works better with the edges end-to-end instead of overlapping (or have you tried it with the ends overlapping yet)? The issue of "how do you sew that with a machine" aside, I wonder if there'd be fewer opportunities for things to catch on the seam if it were flat-sewn.

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-07

I did sketch a few different construction methods, including an end-over-end version just to see the difference. The end-to-end method was the best choice in my opinion. It helps prevent fraying and results in a much cleaner, machined seam. The elastic really has a very tight grip; I haven't had any trouble with it catching on anything :).

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devlogic made it!(author)2012-12-07

that answers my question, thanks!

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Crabby made it!(author)2012-12-06

Quick, simple, and good instructions.

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-06

Thanks Crabby!

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jessyratfink made it!(author)2012-12-06

Ohhhhh I like this one - much better for cash. :D

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-06

Thanks! It's funny I just made mine yesterday and found out that you had made your version just a few days earlier. It was cool to see we arrived at similar techniques for construction.

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ClayOgre made it!(author)2012-12-06

So where does one get "industrial" elastic?

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timwikander made it!(author)2012-12-06

I found mine at the local fabric store. You can also fine it online at amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Stretchrite-2-Inch-10-Yard-Stretch-Elastic/dp/B0018N5MS8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354846409&sr=8-1&keywords=2+inch+elastic. The advantage of going to the store is that you can get it cut off the spool.

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