Bicycle Inner Tube Bag

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Since I view everything discarded in our home as a potential craft supply, when my husband began fixing up bicycles I was quick to nab the old inner tubes.  There are so many uses for them…though I do have to admit they are a bit difficult to work with.  By cutting open the tubes and sewing three strips together, I had large enough sections to create this pint sized messenger bag.  I also made a pencil pouch and card holder.  (For those of you who live locally, Bluebird Books of Hutchinson carries these pencil pouches)

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From there it was just a matter of using these panels of stitched together tube as I would normal fabric.  I used lots of zig zag stitches, and reinforced the stress areas with extra stitches and rivets.  I found fun odds and ends of hardware for the closures, used lobster clips paired with a shower curtain ring, or triangle shaped ring from our dismantled trampoline.

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I lined my bag with a gray men’s shirt,

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and embellished the front flap with both found and purchased hardware.

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The strap was made from a single inner tube, and proves to be very comfortable!

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From the leftover bits, I made a lined pencil pouch, and card holder.

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To read more about how to make these bags, see the Autumn 2014 issue of Haute Handbags!

To purchase this small messenger bag visit my etsy shop!

 

 

 

 

0 Responses

  1. You are so nifty! That bag looks amazing. I love it. I love that you are being Eco-friendly by recycling unwanted things into something new and giving that material a new lease of life.

  2. artistpjlangley

    I love these! So creative!

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