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 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.
- 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. 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.