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Cassette Tape Evening Bag

Posted on May 12, 2007

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Cassette Tape Evening Bag with Cozy

This week’s free recycled crochet pattern features an evening bag crocheted using cassette tape and ribbon yarn. The front flap is V-shaped with a Gold button embellishment and a Velcro button for a closure. I had some materials left over so I decided to make a little cozy to go inside the evening bag. You could use the cozy to hold your ID or a credit card. I did not put any embellishment on the front of the cozy but one could be added if desired.

I used two strands of cassette tape and one strand of Lion Brand Trellis ribbon yarn. You hold all three strands together as you crochet. I have found that using just cassette tape as your “yarn” isn’t as smooth to crochet with as other materials. But adding the ribbon yarn really gives your “yarn” a smoother, stronger texture and the crochet hook moves easier.

CassetteCloseupCloseup of material — Click for full-full photo

I used Champagne #51666 for the ribbon yarn and it really set off the cassette tape to create a pretty evening bag. I tried several times to take some clearer pictures of the completed project but the light just doesn’t do these materials much justice. Trust me when I say that the combination of cassette tape and ribbon yarn is beautiful together. Plus it’s a wonderfully eco – friendly recycled craft!


Cassette Tape Evening Bag Pattern

Purse measures 7 inches wide and 5 inches long. Cozy measures 3 inches square.

Materials:
2 cassette tapes (90 min. tapes)
1 ball – Lion Brand Trellis “Champagne” ribbon yarn (115 yards)
1 button – for embellishment as shown on bag
2 small black Velcro buttons

Hook: Metal “J” hook

Chain 28 using 2 strands of cassette tape and one strand of Lion Brand yarn (for purse).
Pattern is crocheted using 3 strands of material held together throughout project.

Round 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook in each chain.
Continue around the corner and down the back side of chain by working a Hdc in every chain stitch.

Round 2 – 14
Hdc in each st around and do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc in rounds until 4-3/4 inches are completed or approx. 14 rounds. (Adjust your purse length as needed by completing more rounds.)

At desired length of main body of purse, stop doing rounds at side mark of purse. (Then only Hdc across back side of purse to create flap for purse.)

Flap:
Row 1 – 4
Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across back half of purse for flap.

Row 5 – 11
* Ch 2, turn. Sk 1 st, then Hdc in ea st until last st from end. Leave last st unworked. * (Dec made at both ends of flap.)
Repeat Dec row between * – * until you have a point at bottom of flap.

Fasten off and weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Flap Edging:
Attach “yarn” at top flap edge with right side facing and Sc around the edge of flap to create a smooth edge.

Fasten off and weave ends under on backside of flap.
Sew button embellishment on purse front as desired.
Attach small black Velcro button on underside of purse flap for closure.

Cozy

Ch 12 using the 3 strands of material as explained above for this little cozy.
Work approx. 9 rounds same as above for cozy bag body. Work flap as above but only for 3 rows before beginning decreases. Dec at both ends of cozy flap same as above pattern until you have a point at end of flap.
FO and add a small black Velcro button under flap for closure.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

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Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Dec – Decrease
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
Rnd – Round

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11 Responses to “Cassette Tape Evening Bag”

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  2. Stephanie
    May 28, 2007

    Very pretty, as always! :)

    Thank you for the Make It From Scratch entry!


  3. minnie
    Feb 11, 2008

    ha this is hilarious! But what album did you make it out of?!


  4. […] This cassette tape purse is cute but I need to know what album it’s made out of! If you could incorporate the cassette cover into it somehow that would be good and you could do silly mash-ups as well. like an aerosmith and billy holiday cassette purse would do me some good about now. […]


  5. Cindy
    Feb 11, 2008

    @ Minnie,
    I’ve made so many of these that I’m not sure what the album was. Many of the tapes were blank ones that people sent me last year so not sure what they had on them. Mostly rock stuff I think though! :)


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  7. Isabella
    Mar 15, 2009

    Wow, this is amazing!! I will have to look if I have kept some cassettes… some I can do without… I think all the tapes I have kept are recordings which I cannot do without. Anyway, the bag looks very elegant! Thanks for sharing!

    Isabella’s last blog post..Trip to Algiers with the voice of Jane Birkin


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  9. Jen
    May 08, 2009

    I think it’s a fab idea. I’ll be on the look out when I go yard sale’n tomorrow. Thanks for the pattern!

    Jen’s last blog post..Featured Seller Of The Week ~ May 3 – May 10


  10. […] However, reading about crochet done with plarn (“yarn” made from plastic bags), old cassette and video tape, and strips of t-shirts made me think yarn was boring. Ribbon was promising, but I […]


  11. […] diverse lucruri. Mai mult, poate fi folosita si ca fir pentru crosetat (pentru cei care se pricep), rezultatele fiind […]



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  2. […] This cassette tape purse is cute but I need to know what album it’s made out of! If you could incorporate the cassette cover into it somehow that would be good and you could do silly mash-ups as well. like an aerosmith and billy holiday cassette purse would do me some good about now. […]

  3. […] as this skeleton, from the plastic. The tape can be crocheted or knitted into items like totes, evening bags, Barbie halter dresses, or baby booties. If you’ve got old VHS tapes kicking around, the boxes […]

  4. […] However, reading about crochet done with plarn (“yarn” made from plastic bags), old cassette and video tape, and strips of t-shirts made me think yarn was boring. Ribbon was promising, but I […]

  5. […] diverse lucruri. Mai mult, poate fi folosita si ca fir pentru crosetat (pentru cei care se pricep), rezultatele fiind […]

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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. I love to learn and share information about crocheted and other items crafted from recycled materials. This is a green, eco-friendly website that is dedicated to recycling and crafting.
This blog and my life have taken on a new journey when on March 10, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have added a special area on my blog in which I chronicle my journey into the pink.
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