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The Green Life: Craft Alert: How to Make a Cassette-Tape Purse

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December 26, 2011

Craft Alert: How to Make a Cassette-Tape Purse

Cassette tape purse

Embarrassed by your obsolete musical collection? Let it sing a new tune as a clever purse. CONSTRUCTION TIME: 2 hours

Recently, a woman was arrested for keeping 95 cats in her house. It may seem incomprehensible until we each consider our own hoarding streak: Many of us have hundreds of cassette tapes packed up in boxes. OK, so maybe the neighbors aren’t complaining about the smell, but the detritus of our earlier musical phases is a nuisance in its own way, taking up space, perhaps, in your closet and psyche. You probably don’t even own a cassette player anymore.

If this sounds like you, consider making a cool cassette-tape purse using little more than glue and some felt. It may not make much of a dent in your collection, but it'll be liberating to stop revering the tapes as tokens of the past and see them instead as materials for reinvention. The hardest part will be sorting through them and deciding which to use.

What you'll need: Materials for cassette tape purse
° 12 cassette tapes
° A flush saw 
° A file or sanding block
° Quick-acting craft glue
° Felt or other fabric (a ½ yard is plenty)
° Belt, rope, or strong ribbon 
° Two small screws and corresponding acorn nuts
° Scissors
° Fabric chalk
° A tape measure or ruler

Use the cartridges as they are to show off your sophisticated taste in '80s music. Or if you prefer not to advertise how uncool you were as a teenager (Amy Grant’s Christmas album?), you can cover them with stickers and decals.

If you’ve never known a world sans CDs and iPods (or if you jettisoned your cassettes long ago) but still want to try your hand at making this hipster accessory, don’t fret: Cassette tapes are easy to come by. Just ask around. Diving into your aunt’s trove might tell you a lot about her younger days —  and, just maybe, why she became a crazy cat lady.

Click below for step-by-step instructions: 

--Wendy Becktold / based on a project by Tami A. Walker on instructables.com.


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