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How To Use Vcr Vhs Tape As Yarn

Posted on June 3, 2007

Tutorial Using Vcr Vhs Tape

Materials Needed:
Two vcr vhs tape cartridges (long play t-120 preferred)
‘N’ crochet hook (metal preferred)
Small and large screwdrivers
Scissors

Rewind two old vcr tapes that you don’t have any further use of to begin.

Using two vcr tapes for this project, open up the cases by using your small screwdriver to unscrew the screws in each corner and the middle of the cases. Some varieties of cases do not have screws which you can take out. If you have that type of cartridge you will need to pry open the cases. A large flathead screwdriver works well to get the case open to reach the vhs tape reels.

VHS1 Click photo to view full-sized

VHS2 Click photo to view full-sized

Once you have the cases open, remove the reel that is holding the tape. Cut the tape off at the end of the leader tape with your scissors. Now you have two reels with vhs tape on each of them for your crafting project.

VHS4 Click to view full-sized

Holding two strands of the vhs tape together works well for crocheting. Leave the tape on each reel and as you work your project it will just unwind.

VHS5 Click photo to view full-sized

Crocheting with vhs tape is a bit hard on the fingers and joints because it isn’t real smooth to work with. Using ribbon yarn as shown below does help in the smoothness of your crocheting and allows the hook to move easier.

VHS6 Click to view full-sized
Ribbon yarn shown with two strands of vhs tape

Enjoy your project using vhs tape and please email me if you have any questions.

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12 Responses to “How To Use Vcr Vhs Tape As Yarn”

  1. […] with and it’s all wound up on a nice reel. Of course you have to get this “yarn” ready. Here is a picture tutorial on how to use VCR tape as […]


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  4. […] you most likely have lying around your house, like scrap t-shirts or plastic bags. You can even use those old VHS tapes for yarn for an awesome waterproof project! Other types of yarn you can make at home are newspaper yarn, […]


  5. Deborah
    Jul 19, 2010

    My daughter and her Dad found out that you can stretch out the VCR tape and it will make it more usable – it becomes more like thread.


  6. […] VCR VHF Tapes – When I first heard about crafters using VCR VHF tapes for knitting and crocheting, I thought the […]


  7. hobbies
    May 06, 2011

    I love to make yarn out of stuff, but my other hobby is vcr electronics. I rather enjoy watching old movies on tape, on my old tube tv set, and if anyone here has old vhs tapes, of good movies like “the hunt for red october”, please think of selling it on amazon. Please make yarn out of Barney the dinosaur tapes, (LOL)
    Plastic grocery bag yarn makes great baskets.


  8. Rosie
    Jun 08, 2011

    Thanks for the recycling inspiration. I’m using “dead” (unplayable) videotapes (good prerecorded ones go to Goodwill to resell), and so far have just tried braiding the tape to make supports for my garden climbers (in place of twine). The trellis looks good and shimmers in the breeze — which may also help keep birds away from the crops.

    I have to give Tom Hanks in CAST AWAY credit for the idea to braid VHS tape, until I’m ready to try using it for crochet.


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  10. […] essere utilizzato come “filato” per realizzare tappetini per il bagno ed eco-zerbini. Questo sito spiega nel dettaglio come aprire (con cautela) le videocassette e utilizzare il nastro con […]


  11. […] ect.) are the obvious examples, but you can use anything that’s available. Pet fur and unspooled cassette or VHS tape are popular choices, as are materials that can be cut into long strips, like newspaper, […]




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  1. […] with and it’s all wound up on a nice reel. Of course you have to get this “yarn” ready. Here is a picture tutorial on how to use VCR tape as […]

  2. […] reciclando fita cassete, muito bacana a idéia. Pegue fitas cassetes velhas e mãos a obra veja o tutorial e faça a […]

  3. […] leftover yarn! Have you tried to knit with your old plastic shopping bags? Your old newspapers, VCR tapes? Yes, it’s possible! Everything is possible: you just have to be a little […]

  4. […] you most likely have lying around your house, like scrap t-shirts or plastic bags. You can even use those old VHS tapes for yarn for an awesome waterproof project! Other types of yarn you can make at home are newspaper yarn, […]

  5. […] VCR VHF Tapes – When I first heard about crafters using VCR VHF tapes for knitting and crocheting, I thought the […]

  6. […] essere utilizzato come “filato” per realizzare tappetini per il bagno ed eco-zerbini. Questo sito spiega nel dettaglio come aprire (con cautela) le videocassette e utilizzare il nastro con […]

  7. […] ect.) are the obvious examples, but you can use anything that’s available. Pet fur and unspooled cassette or VHS tape are popular choices, as are materials that can be cut into long strips, like newspaper, […]

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