3 ways to hand-sew inner tubes

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This is the fifth part in a series on crafting with inner tubes. You can find the introduction, learn about how to choose and clean inner tubes, how to cut inner tubes, and how to glue inner tubes with contact cement by following the links.

Today I’m going to show you a couple different techniques for hand-sewing inner tubes, using inner tube laces.

I’m taking a lot of inspiration from leather stitching, where you punch holes for the laces, then stitch your pieces together using sinew. Using inner tubes makes it a 100% vegan craft.

Use binder clips to hold your pieces securely, then punch through both layers at once so all your holes line up.

Use binder clips to hold your pieces securely, then punch through both layers at once so all your holes line up.

Cut the laces about 1/8"-3/16" wide.

Cut the laces about 1/8″-3/16″ wide. I used a yarn needle to sew with.

Tandy Leather Factory’s Leathercraft ABC’s has a great collection of tips on sewing leather, as well as other stitches you might want to try.

Baseball stitch

To stitch two edges together so that they meet, insert your needle from bottom to top through the first hole. Do the same on the other side through the second hole, then back to the first side through the third hole, etc. Keep crossing over, lacing every other hole bottom to top. (Like lacing up shoes.)

Sewing inner tubes - baseball stitch 1 | Bicitoro

Once you’ve gotten to the end, repeat the process to lace up the skipped holes.

Sewing inner tubes - baseball stitch 2 | Bicitoro

Whip Stitch

The whip stitch is a great way to join two edges with wrong sides together. Either do a single whip stitch:

Sewing inner tubes - whip stitch 1 | Bicitoro

Or double it up by whipping through all the holes from the opposite direction.

Sewing inner tubes - whip stitch 2 | Bicitoro

Triple Loop Stitch

This was a really fun one to try, and I love the decorative way it looks. Head on over to Kingsmere Crafts for a really detailed tutorial on how to do it.

Triple-loop Stitch | Bicitoro


Want more inner tube crafts? Check out my ebook Crafting with Inner Tubes.

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5 thoughts on “3 ways to hand-sew inner tubes

  1. I am trying to make a pencil case out of bike inner tubes. Your blog has helped me a lot so far! What is that tool you use to punch holes through the inner tubes?

    • Hey Rebecca! I’ve used a couple things:

      An awl, which I got at a hardware store–pretty easy to just stab a little hole through for sewing with waxed thread or a smaller cord.

      A tap punch set, which I got at my local Megacraftopolis (Michael’s, I think.) it’s nice for making holes of various diameters, and I’d recommend it over an awl if you’re going to be using cut-up inner tubes to lace things together.

      Good luck!

  2. Becca here again!
    Do you think you could hand sew the inner tubes using regular thread and needle, or would it be too hard? I am still trying to figure all of this out, and need to go the cheapest route possible!

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