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Figure 1: Sewing setup used to sew tube, note the paper on both sides
Figure 2 Rotary Cutter used to cut tube
Figure 3 Tube cutting locations and an example of where to cut the strips from (Red box).
Figure 4: Large rectangle that makes up the body of the wallet
Figure 5: Cloth pinning to line the money portion
Figure 6: Un-cut card holder section, notice only the bottom of each card slot is sewn at this time
Figure 7: Trimmed Card holder, notice that the sides still haven’t been sewn
Figure 8: One side of the card holder section is sewn. This section is for the left card section
Figure 9: Marking showing the location of where the card section is to be sewn to
Figure 10: Sew along the locations denoted with the arrows
Figure 11: Final wallet
Recycled Bike Tube Wallet Instructions
The final wallet should have three card slots on each side, one large money pocket, and two additional miscellaneous pockets behind each card holder and the body of the wallet.
Tube selection: The largest tube you can get is best since the curvature will be reduced over the area of the wallet. For this wallet I used 26x2+ tubes. The thinner the tube is also better for sewing and helps to keep the wallet as thin as possible. The tubes need to be as clean as possible before using, I found that scrubbing them under water with a rag worked the best.
Cutting and Sewing: To cut the tubes I used a fabric cutting board that can be found at any craft store and a rotary cutter (Figure 1). To sew the tubes a sewing machine works the best and helps keep the stitches as clean as possible. Because tube is rubber it is hard for a machine to catch. To solve this paper should be put on any sides with exposed rubber. Additionally a heavy duty needle was used (Figure 2). Always test your setup on tube scraps first since the sewing can be a bit tricky.
Tube Pieces Needed:
Cut the tube near the valve stem on either side it Next cut the tube following one of the lines made into the tube on the inside of the circle (valve stem side) to have a giant strip. Finally cut the following pieces out of the middle of the tube so that it lays as flat as possible and each side of the tube is as straight as possible (Figure 3).
Cut the following sizes:
1. Stitch each of the 3x11 pieces to form a large rectangle. (Figure 4).
2. Cut an 8x10 piece of cloth to line the money portion of the wallet. Pin the cloth to the center of the tube hemming the edges to prevent fraying making the final size 7x9 (Figure 5). Sew along the hem on all edges, paper is not needed on the side with the cloth.
3. Cut the square out making sure not to cut the hem. Next run a stitch down the middle of the rectangle to help hold the cloth in place and provide a fold line for the final wallet.
4. Take one of the 3.5x5 and 3 of the 2.5x5 pieces, sewing the 2.5 pieces along the bottom to the 3.5 piece leaving both edges free at this point. Use credit cards to make sure that sizing is ok, don’t worry about the top of the card holders covering the card at this time (Figure 6).
5. Put cards in each holder and cut the tops of each slot to your preference (Figure 7).
6. Sew along one side of the of the card holder and cut straight (This will be to the inside of the wallet, make sure you leave the outside edge unstiched and uncut (Figure 8).
7. Make a small mark on the 7x11 cloth lined piece approximately 3.5 inches from the edge on one side (Figure 9).
8. Sew along the top and bottom (Figure 10).
9. Repeat steps 4-8 with the other card holder.
10. Fold the wallet in half and sew along the final two sides and cut the remaining uncut card holder edges straight (Figure 11)
11. Finally hand stitch the top of the wallet to hold the hem in place and enjoy your new wallet (Figure 11).