Bicycle Tube Belt

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Introduction: Bicycle Tube Belt

About: I am a chemical engineer from Germany especially interested in computational fluid dynamics. To balance all the theoretical work, I like to make stuff in my free time

In this instructable I'm going to show you how to make a belt out of an old bike tube. This is a very easy last minute gift idea.

My uncle loves fixing bikes. He gave my a whole box of old bike tubes to play around with. This is one of the things I came up with after seeing different versions of belts online.

Btw. you can find some amazing belt buckles around Instuctables, e.g. "Custom Belt Buckles", "Bioshock Belt Buckle in Bronze" or "I Heart Bacon Buckle".

Step 1: What You Need

Stuff you need:
  • old bike tube (one with a 4 cm width works best)
  • sewing machine
  • thick yarn (I used the type you use for leather)
  • belt buckle
  • Press fasteners
  • super glue
  • hole punch
  • stapler

Step 2: Sewing

Before you start you will have to cut the valve off and wash the tube. The best way to do so is with soapy water. Then measure your bike tube and cut it to the correct length. Remember to add about 6-7 cm to attach the belt buckle later.

Sewing a bike tube is surprisingly simple. If your machine is having problems, simply add a small layer of oil on top of the tube. I used a straight stitch and after I was all the way around tried it strength. I noticed that the stitch was to weak and I was able to tear it apart.So I added an other stitch next to it, as shown in the pictures. I used super glue to prevent the stitches from opening.

Step 3: Secure the Belt

To help holding the excess belt in place I used a small piece of the tube and stitched it together as shown in the first picture. I found out that the best way to secure it is with a stapler, as shown in the second picture. Make sure it fits around two layers of the belt and move on to the next step.

Step 4:

Before punching the holes, I used a marker to mark the right spot. I used 5 mm holes, because they worked best with the belt buckles I used.

I used Prym "Sport Mini" press fasteners, which turned out to work really well and I had no problem attaching them to the rubber. In order to give them some extra strength I used two, but one should be enough. The fifth picture shows how I marked the spot where the fastener on the other side has to go. Just press the other one down, it will leave small dent.

Step 5: Bonus: USB Bracelet

Cut a strip to the correct width to fit the flash (e.g. Transcend Ultra-Slim Metallic Flash Drive) drive between two stitches. I used a racing bicycle tube, because it had the perfect width to begin with.

Put the flash drive between the stitches and cut a slot, through one of the layers (as shown in the third picture). All that is left to do is to add an press fastener and you are good to go.


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    18 Comments

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    rasbin13
    rasbin13

    Question 6 months ago on Step 2

    can you provide me with the specification of the sewing machine that should be used. Also if possible link to amazon.com

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    cloverbugg
    cloverbugg

    4 years ago

    I love this! Time to conquer my fear of sewing machines.

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    dseymour4
    dseymour4

    5 years ago

    Great idea.

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    xero.inc
    xero.inc

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea, but doesn't smell the Belt very bad?

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, it doesn't smell at all. I put it in the washing machine before wearing it for the first time, but just to clean it once again.

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    yoyology
    yoyology

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea, and extremely polished results. Well done!

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    Brillidea
    Brillidea

    8 years ago on Step 4

    I been wondering what all those inner tubes could be used for, though of some ideas but this seems really doable. I kknow it's not recycling as such but I think I would prefer "O" rings as the belt loops so as to avoid the staples which could come undone.
    Brill

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Ahh they are called belt loops? I was wondering how to call them. I like the idea of using O-rings, though the stapled ones are very durable.

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    Brillidea
    Brillidea

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    In truth I have no idea what most things are called I used to work on my todd a lot and tools existed as that thing over there which made life fun teaching, my fellow teachers were positively nuts when I said sand paper rather than to glass paper. So who knows, if you know what I mean thats about as good as it gets.

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    Mrballeng
    Mrballeng

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm amazed at how nice this turned out. Great work.

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, just pm me your belt size and the colour you would like the stitches to be and I will make you one.

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    Mrballeng
    Mrballeng

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    :) :) :) :) :) You don't have to tell me twice. Thanks!!!!

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    triumphman
    triumphman

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Where can I get those belt buckles ? Perfect stocking stuffers. Info. please! Send me a private message. Thanks. Triumphman.

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, I got them on ebay. Just search for "nightmare before christmas belt buckle" or "batman belt buckle"