I’ve always liked carrying wristlets when I want to run errands or for an evening out. I like being able to hang a bag from my wrist while opening a door or carrying a glass or two of beer back to the table.

inner tube wristlet

Also, I have some great customers with ideas I like to incorporate into my designs. Here’s the latest:

I made this wristlet by just using the Tools & Accessory bag and adding a strap. The strap is a narrow road bike tube so all I did was stitch it flat a 1/4 inch or so from each edge and then run a narrow piece of strapping plastic I recycled from some large boxes that were shipped to my work. I also have friends give me pieces of the plastic also. The plastic keeps the strap from stretching, strengthens the handle and keeps the stitches from breaking since the thread is a poly-cotton. It is for sale in my Etsy store.

The wristlet below I made by just grabbing my favorite D-Ring bag. I am using one of my keychains for the strap. I really like it. I’ve been carrying it for a couple of weeks now. I like that I can also put a key on it and also take the strap off to use the bag in a purse or backpack. I don’t have one listed yet. It will sell for $25.


Key Fob Wristlet Key Ring – InnerTube Style!

I now have keychain key fob wristlet key rings in the Re-Velo line. I never know quite what to call them. You may have noticed that.

6 Re-Velo recycle inner tub key fob wristlet thingys


They are made from a strip of bike inner tube that I sewed with contrasting stitching. I used a 1 1/4″ split key ring (room for plenty o’ room for keys and grocery store, pet store cards) and I put it all together (OK, I hammered it with conviction) with a metal rivet and washer. The strap is plenty big for your wrist. It’s approximately 10 inches in  circumference.

Anyhoozles, they are on my etsy store now so check ’em out if you need a hand-free way to keep your keys close.  Here’s another photo to tantalize you…

recycled inner tube wristlet key chain


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New Sporty Wallets

I am playing around with a slightly different wallet design. This one is overall an inch shorter than the standard card holder wallet I make now. I can get 8 per tube now instead of 7 and a piece of scrap.

inner tube card holder and wallet

I think they are easy to get the cards in and out of.  What do you think of them?

smaller inner tube wallet



Fashionable Purses made from Bike Inner Tubes – No Bike Needed!

More purses for you to gawk at…

inner tube purses

One has an adjustable strap, the other has the swivel clip so you can hook and unhook at will…if you’re into that sort of thing.

Both have an outside pocket for stashing lottery tickets, secret notes, shopping lists and business cards. They are smooth, sleek and rubbery. And both feel darned lucky to be a part of the fashionable recycled, upcycled, vegan, do-gooder accessory world and not laying around in the landfill. They are smiling and they will make you happy if they end up resting upon your shoulder as you traipse around your world.

I have them up on Etsy now!  If you have questions, email me! They are priced at $39.

For size reference…Caesar is 14 lbs of solid muscle, bone and fur. I just hope he doesn’t pounce on those poor, defenseless purses.

2 inner tube purses

I just put this Grommety Wristlet bag up on Etsy….it was obviously very cold and turning blue that day…or the color balance went terribly terribly wrong…sigh.

I put a CRAZY low price on it so it’ll probably go fast. Have I gone mad?

inner tube wristlet with grommet strap

Stay warm and upright!


Wristlet & Grommet Bag for August

I made a new purse this week.

inner tube wristlet with grommet strap

I’ll be honest….it was a mistake. I was sewing along  just swimmingly and had it almost done then I realized…uh oh, no strap. What to do? [Read more…]


I Have New Burritos for all your bike tools…I hope you’re hungry.

I just made a fresh batch of burritos. Click on the pics to enlarge….

Inner Tube Tool Roll for bicycle


These sell for $15 apiece or two for $25.

Let me know what you think of these!


Spring Time Is New Purse Time!

I just created this fringed inner tube purse last Sunday. I love how it turned out!

I call it the Fringe Benefits Purse.

Fringe Purse lounging on the deck.

(The purse is not this blue. I didn’t white balance.)

I love the fringe. I’d been wanting to play around with it for some time and it works great for this bag.  Made of recycled  tubes, this purse is super comfortable and made to be worn across your body, leaving you hands free to do whatever it is you do when you need to have all your stuff on you.

Fringe inner tube purse

It lays flat against your hip, making it easy to walk with and it doesn’t make you look fat.

It’s unlined and here are the deets, as the young kids like to say. I think. I have no idea since I don’t have kids. Word.


9 inch top opening with a 9 inch black metal zipper
14″ width at widest point, 12″ width at bottom
2 D-rings
51 inch strap

I reinforced the strap internally with recycled (oh yes, I hoard) plastic strapping for strength and now it won’t stretch which will keep your wallet, phone, lip gloss, keys, iPod, cosmetics, comb, brush, patch kit, bounce free!

Strap detail shows markings on inner tube

Strap Detail with D-Ring and markings

This was sold on my Etsy store. Check it out! Heart me if you like it!

Update: This purse now lives in Florence, Italy!!!! I envy this purse. I sold it 2/2011 to a wonderful Italian photographer. I’m hoping she’ll send me photos of it.


Inner Tube Ride

Rode to Family Bikes today to get more inner tubes.

Trip to Family Bikes in Waldo

Inner tubes fit nicely in Basil Panniers.

Theresa, the proprietress was there so had a nice conversation with her and she showed me some lovely Endura wool tops, some gloves and I also really want the knickers. They are on sale, I think, so I may be going back for more than tubes!

The sun made it seem warmer for sure. Lovely day for a bike ride. Hardly seems like Christmas week.

Stopped by the Coffee Girls for a decaf on the way home.  There were no girls there, by the way, except for me.


Purse with Metal Swivel Clip and D-Ring

Finally I get the photos up!

Here’s the new purse. I thought it looked quite comfortable out in the snow…although I wasn’t!

Re-Velo inner tube purse hipster with swivel clip hardware

Inner tube purse in snowy environment!

It’s 8.5 inches tall by 7 inches wide. The strap is 55 inches long.

The strap can be un-clipped from the D-ring so you can put your keys on there or thread it through your epaulet….if you have one.

Purse zipper pull and hardware.

The strap is longer than I usually make , which is too long for me, (I’m 5 foot 2.5 inches) but just right for a taller or bigger gal – especially over a coat.

The other end of the strap is sewn into the seam. This strap is NOT adjustable.

The purse has gray contrast stitching and I put a rubber ribbon on the zipper pull for charm and ease of opening and closing the zipper. It also has an outside pocket that is 5 inches tall. Very handy for grocery lists, your phone, a pen…

Update: I’ve re-listed a very similar style on Etsy. It’s made to order.

Email me if you want a shorter strap. I can do that for you.


Credit / Business Card Wallets

I’ve got new wallets in the store!

Inner tube wallets

Inner tube wallet with gray contrasting stitching

These have gray contrasting stitching. The few I’ve done have been very popular so I made a fresh batch.

They’ll hold several business or credit cards in each side and it flips shut so nothing ever falls out. It works great in a jeans pocket, jersey pocket, jacket or purse.

They are all different since the tubes are all unique. I like to put a notch on one side and scatter-shot holes on the other. Or both. That way your cards can breathe…

Wallets measure 4 inches wide by approx. 3 inches tall closed. When open, it is approx. 5 3/4 inches tall.

These are great gifts for the guy or gal who doesn’t like to carry a lot of stuff. I use this and a coin purse for my bills and cash and I’m all set.

You can take one home for just $7.