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Cassette Tape Clutch

Posted on September 22, 2007

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This week I’m posting a cassette tape clutch. This is a great way to recycle and reuse old cassette tapes into something new and useful. The clutch purse was crocheted using two strands of black cassette tape with one strand of Lion Brand ribbon yarn. Next I wanted to create a lining with a zipper which I could simply insert inside my crocheted shell. I found a fantastic tutorial from Erika for a zippered pouch with a lining on Craftsters.

The tutorial found here has detailed pictures and walks you step-by-step through the process to sew a handy zippered pouch. Now you could just use the pouch alone for a cosmetic bag but I used it to slip inside my crocheted clutch shell. I then hand-stitched it in place and wallah you have a nice finished clutch.

Here are a few clickable pictures below to show you how the clutch looks up close.

Clutch1 Clickable
Zipper closing shown.

ClutchInside
Inside of the clutch.

The free crochet pattern is below. Please enjoy this recycled craft project. Each week I try and add something new and different for a fun recycled craft experience. I hope my readers have found this project beneficial.

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Free Cassette Tape Clutch Pattern

Purse measures 9 inches wide and 5 inches long.

Materials:
2 cassette tapes (90 min. black tapes)
1 ball – Lion Brand Trellis “Nightlife” ribbon yarn (115 yards)
4 – 9” x 5” fabric panels for pouch and lining
1 – 9” zipper

Hook: Metal “J” hook

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

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

Round 2 – 13
Hdc in each st around and do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc in rounds until 5 inches are completed or approx. 13 rounds. (Adjust your purse length as needed by completing more rounds.) FO and weave end under on side of shell.

Using Ericka’s tutorial on Craftsters, create this pouch with zipper. I used 4 pieces of recycled black fabric that I cut to fit inside my shell. Check your measurements to make sure the pouch fits inside the shell before making your final stitches on your sewing machine. Insert the completed pouch inside the cassette tape shell. Hand-stitch the pouch in place along the top edge of pouch and shell.

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

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

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy at My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2007

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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22 Responses to “Cassette Tape Clutch”

  1. How AWESOME! Thanks for visiting my blog! Like your idea!


  2. rebecca
    Sep 23, 2007

    Hi Cindy,
    check out the blog in the link, there is a special post to Amber from Spencer. He wants a picture of her and permission to post on the blog, his heart is going pitter patter, he might just be in love. Thanks,


  3. And Miles To Go....
    Sep 24, 2007

    wow, that is really gorgeous!! great job.


  4. Lesalicious
    Sep 24, 2007

    Ha I wouldn’t never thought of that neat and great job. I am all for recylcing :) Great work.


  5. dadaism
    Sep 25, 2007

    i am a nature lover as well. and i love your site. i am supporting it by adding your link to mine.

    by the way, thanks for the comment about steamboat willie. care to show the picture you were talking about?

    :o)


  6. Bobbie
    Sep 28, 2007

    I’m so glad that someone thought of something useful to do with old cassette tape. Very clever.


  7. romana
    Aug 07, 2008

    Somebody informed me that VCR tapes can be dangerous to one’s health – is this true? Is it safe to handle the tape with your hands – is there ANY danger in handling this material?
    Any comments please?


  8. Cindy
    Aug 07, 2008

    @Romana:
    I did research on the Internet on using, touching, and handling the vcr tape and couldn’t find any health concern. I don’t know for sure. I’ve tried to research this but didn’t find any for-sure answers.

    After another person recently asked me again about health issues using vcr tape, I asked a chemist blog friend about this issue. He gave this link http://www.answers.com/topic/videotape to provide information about the tape. He said the base is PET which has been controversial for water bottles. But we drink water from that so? He also said that the tape can flake off with use and aging but it’s not a health problem though. One thing he did mention is that if there is dust that could be breathed in which is not advised. So I guess the bottom line is that while there hasn’t been an actual study done on crafting with vcr tapes, there shouldn’t be a health issue. But it’s like everything out there, anything at times can cause us humans problems. My suggestion is don’t use flaking tape and don’t breathe in the dust or particles if it ages. Good luck and I hope this information helps.


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  11. Jacqueline
    Dec 04, 2008

    I have made a crocheted belt out of cassette tapes. Just 1 long single-crocheted strip (maybe 15 stitches wide). For a 30″ waist, used 2 strands of a 90 minute tape & that was it. Fastened with Drings and made a decorative buckle by taking a cassette apart & screwing it back together with the belt inside.

    I’ve also seen an artist who crocheted a cover for her entire car (!) out of video tape. incredible.


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  13. Tony Lee
    Feb 18, 2009

    Thanks Cindy for sharing this. This is quite an amazing idea you’ve got. I especially admired the recycled round plarn rug you made.

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  15. Tricia Caughley
    Jun 25, 2009

    Awesome creativity! just love it! will have a go at crocheting with the cassette tape… that’ll really amaze my family!! Well done Cindy!


  16. Conny Hubbard
    Sep 14, 2009

    Hi Cindy,
    I love your site and all your wonderful creations. You’re the first person I’ve seen using plastic along with regular yarn. That’s what I’ve been doing and getting great results. I have lots of leftover yarn and it’s perfect for using it in all the plarn projects I’m working on. The rugs are so soft and you’d never know the main ingredient is plastic. The house shoes really keep the feet warm in the winter. I’m working on a vest now, using a strand of silky yarn and a strand of fun fur.
    I will stop by and check your site again. Thanks,
    Conny
    .-= Conny Hubbard´s last blog ..Name Change =-.


  17. Sandy
    Sep 23, 2009

    I used to work in broadcasting and handled similar tape on a daily basis. We cut and spliced it.

    I was wondering too. I don’t know if there’s lead in that, but I think it might be fine.

    I’ll be making some projects and hitting up some radio friends for old cassettes if I don’t have enough!!!


  18. Cathy
    Dec 07, 2009

    If anyone ever needs cassette tapes for this sort of work, please let me know! I’m sitting on about 300 unsellable old music cassettes that I released just before everyone stopped buying them! I’m not sure if I can crochet fast enough to get through them all!


  19. Mellanie
    May 26, 2010

    I made this last night, and it turned out fabulous! I can’t wait to show it off. I made some minor changes, an “H” hook instead of a J. I also made a flap over the top which buttons closed instead of leaving an opening for a zipper. I used a can tab for the button. Also, I couldn’t find the same kind of yarn, so I used Eros by Plymoth Yarn, in color 3244. I just love it!


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  22. around a button
    Mar 01, 2013

    Love this idea! It looks great!



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