I found this broken stool in the streets of Kreuzberg. On the way home I passed by my local bike store getting the days dumped tyres. With a pair of scissors, some knots, simple weaving and 1h of my time the stool was refurbished.
Old bicycle tyres are great for upcycling. With a sewing machine they quickly are turned into a useful little bag – a perfect present for yourself and others. It can be a simple phone protection case or a bag for jewellery or a torch. Just be careful with your sewing machine. The lower thread needs to be widened much more than for clothes material. You can do that on the little screw of the case that your lower thread is usually living in.
The pictures below give some design inspiration where also the opening and closing mechanism is from recycled material. The blue band is looped through holes created with a paper punch. The white cord with the plug is from a broken headset cable and was a present for my best techie friend. The last picture shows a bum bag where the upper part is open for a belt to fit through.
The main thing that makes upcycled tyres look special is using colourful thread and unique closing mechanisms. Make use of what you have around.