Whether we're talking about headbands or rings and earrings, we love a good bike tube craft around here. Once a bicycle tire has blown out, it's not of much use, but DIYers all over the place have been discovering that you can cut them up, clean them out, and reuse that rubber in place of leather or vinyl in all sorts of crafty ways!
Not too long ago, we posted about some awesome bike frame shelving spotted at a bar in Portland, Oregon and asked if any of you had been up to any fun bike-related crafts. Commenter Meg told us about her husband, Josh Price, turning a blown out bike tire into a reusable coffee sleeve!
We asked about how it went, and she said:
It came out really cool. He took a cardboard sleeve from Starbucks for a template and traced it on to the bike tube. Then he cut it out and hand stitched up the sides using the blanket stitch.
How awesome is that! Not only did he give that worn out tire a brand new life, the finished product will help him use less paper in his day to day.
Want to try and make your own reusable coffee sleeve out of an old bike tire? All you need is a paper sleeve as a template, the tire, and a heavy needle and thread. Here's a video showing how to sew a blanket stitch:
As Meg pointed out in her comment, bike shops just throw away blown out tubes, so you can probably hit up a local shop near you and easily get a used one for free!
[All photos courtesy Meg Price. Used with permission.]