If you’ve patched up an inner tube to the point where it’s unsalvageable, take another look. You can get more use from punctured tubes by turning them into a game-changing riding wallet.

Follow the steps in this video (adapted from Hello, Bicycle by Anna Brones) to create an upcycled DIY wallet that’s way easier to make than it looks, and keep yourself organized in the saddle.


1. Cut Up an Old Tube
For this project, you’ll need one unsalvageable bicycle tube, scissors, a sewing needle, and a spool of thread (choose a colored thread for fun or black to hide imperfections).

Cut the tube into three flat pieces: one 2¾ x 2¾ inches; two 2¾ x 3¾ inches.

2. Shape the Pockets
Start with one of the larger pieces. With the short side at the top and the shiny side facing up, measure 1/2 inch down from the top left corner and mark with a pencil. Using a straight edge, connect the mark to the top right corner to create a diagonal line. Cut along the line. Repeat on the smaller piece of tube.

3: Start to Stitch
Place the rectangle with the diagonal cut on top of the uncut rectangular piece so that the insides of the tubes are facing each other and the bottom edges are aligned. Leaving a 1/8-inch border, sew three sides of the rectangles together, keeping the diagonal cut open.

4. Sew It Up 
Place the remaining piece on top so the bottom edge is aligned and the diagonal cuts are parallel. Sew a second seam close to, but not on top of, the first one.