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Sew BikeChic™ — Sewing a Recycle/Upcycle Bike Tube Coin Purse

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Today I spent the day playing with rubber…rubber bicycle tubes that I recycle into usable items.

So I decided to try making a cute little zippered coin purse that is fully lined. I used my I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern as a guide for determining size and basic construction (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).

Here is what I came up with:

Recycled Bike Tube Zippered Coin Purse -- fully lined

Recycled Bike Tube Zippered Coin Purse — fully lined

Here’s a peek inside:

Inside the coin purse

Inside the coin purse…see, fully lined! 🙂


Working with recycled rubber–especially recycled bicycle tubes–presents a number of challenges.  One must collect it, clean it (many bicycle tubes are filled with SLIME™ or other sealants), cut & prepare it (it curls, stretches and bulges in places due to the circular shape of the tube) and you need to know how to sew it.

Sewing rubber can be tricky in a number of ways.  For example, once the needle goes in, there WILL be a hole (that will be seen if you have to remove stitching).  Additionally, the rubber likes to “grip” and stick to many sewing machine beds as well as the presser foot.

I find it extremely worthwhile to make the effort in order to keep the tubes out of landfills.  It’s especially rewarding to turn toxic trash into an attractive, functional item that is super durable and FUN to carry.   🙂

If you like the style of this coin purse and would like to make one for yourself out of fabric, you may be interested to learn more about the I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern by clicking here (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).

Introducing Betz White sewing patterns!

Monday, April 9th, 2012


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Chop…Chop…Chopsticks! quilt pattern from Jaybird Designs

Monday, December 26th, 2011

This is my personal pick/favorite quilt pattern for 2011:

The Chopsticks quilt pattern by Julie Herman.  Large and small triangles weave a festive Asian flair with this crisscross of another kind.  This quilt project uses the new 12 1/2″Creative Grids #CGRT12560   60 degree Triangle ruler.

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Fresh and fun! Vanilla House Designs now available to order at SewThankful

Monday, December 26th, 2011

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More Rebecca Ruth designs listed!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Spruce up your kitchen wardrobe with fabulous, fresh, contemporary apron patterns from Rebecca Ruth.

Just listed: 3 very cool apron patterns and a unique table topper pattern.

Vivian Apron Pattern

Vivian Apron pattern

Clara Apron pattern

Clara Apron pattern

Tommy and Tilly Toddlers Apron pattern

Tommy and Tilly Toddlers Apron pattern

Dancing Swallows Table Topper pattern

Dancing Swallows Table Topper pattern

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