by craftbits (shellie wilson)
And upcycle it into something crafty and wonderful.
What you need
Old Bicycle Inner Tube,
Paper (printer paper or misc. paper.)
- Cut on each side of the valve of your inner tube, so that we don’t have to work around it.
- Cut open your inner tube, so that you can lay it flat and it is no longer in a tube.
- Cut your inner tube pieces into TWO 12″ long pieces. (You can save any extra inner tube for a different project.)
- Cut a 12″ x 6″ piece of Felt, you can use any color, I chose red.
- Pin down one of your 12″ inner tube pieces to the felt, aligning it along the 12″ side of the felt.. It may not lay perfectly flat, but it’s okay.
- Sew it down to the felt, using a zig zag stitch and going along the edges.
- Pin the other 12″ inner tube piece down covering the rest of the felt, and sewing it down like the last piece using a zigzag stitch. You may have to add more inner tube pieces to your felt depending on the width of your inner tube. Mine was 3″ wide.
- Trim off any extra inner tube that may hang off the edges of the felt.
- Taking your paper, Trim it to 8″ x 5&1/2″. Separate it into 3 different stacks.
- Fold your paper stacks in half, length wise.
- Taking 1 of your folded paper stacks, place it onto your felt(with the inner tube on the back.), about 4″ from the left side.
- Thread a needle with embroidery thread. Starting in the inside of your folded paper, stick the needle all the way through both your papers, and the felt/inner tubes. Stick your needle back through at the top of your journal, going through the inner tubes/felt and back through the papers. Tie the 2 ends of your embroidery thread.
- Repeat with your other 2 paper stacks, placing them onto the felt, just to the right of your 1st paper stack.
- There are multiple techniques you could use to keep your journal closed- a button, snaps, etc- but I chose to just use a piece of string. Here’s how:
- Cut a 25″ (You can change the length of this, if you wish.) piece of embroidery thread, twine or ribbon and thread into a needle. Poke 1 end into the right edge of your inner tube/felt, and tie a knot. Remove the needle.
Wrapping the rest of the string around your journal a couple of times and when you get to the end, twist it around itself to keep the journal closed. As I said, you can also use a button, or snaps to close it.
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