Intro: Subway Strap
Being on transit making your arms tired?
This little device seeks to allow those who are shorter to comfortably ride transit standing up and hold on to the bar on the ceiling of many buses and trains.
I thought i invented this device myself but it looks like a company is selling some under the name Transtrap, check those out here: http://www.koyono.com/TranStrap-p/trns.htm
But of course here at instructables we make it ourselves!
Step 1: Supplies
For this project you will need:
4 feet of "Seat Belt Fabric" : I got mine at REI for .50 cents a foot. You could try fabric stores or salvage yours from a car junk yard. You could use more fabric for this project if you want something for someone shorter.
1 "Closet Hook" : I found mine at a hardware store, there were many different kinds i chose the most heavy duty one.
Tools you will need:
Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
Step 2: Cutting the Hook
First you need to cut the second hook off of the closet hook, I used a dremel for this, but if a dremel is not available, use a hack saw.
Step 3: Sewing the Hook Pouch
Once the hook is cut, it's time to sew together a pouch for it.
Take one side of the seat belt fabric and loop it around so it would cover the hook. Then sew down each side to create a little pouch.
Step 4: Feed the Hook In
Once you have the pouch sewn, feed the hook through. Then you can sew off the open end to keep the hook in there.
Step 5: Sewing the Handle
Then you want to take the other end of the seat belt fabric, loop it and sew it. This will be the hook's handle
I tried to do a little box with an x on it, but my sewing skills need some work...
Step 6: Finished and Final Thoughts
When done the hook should look something like this, then it's time to try it out on transit!
The best way to improve this project would be to make the inside of the hook more grippy, by adding rubber or something. This would prevent slipping on metal poles which can happen.
Hope you enjoyed this instructable!