VHS Tape Crocheted Tote Bag

Apr 20, 2017 | Crochet, Handmade Accessories, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Do you have a bunch of old VHS tapes lying around? Apparently, we sure did, which is funny because we don’t even have a VHS player anymore. Hahaha, that’s the funny thing about moving. You always find a bunch of stuff you forgot you even had.

Anyway, being the hoarder that I am, before I chunked the plastic parts in the recycling bin, I took them apart and removed the tape. I’m always on the lookout for stuff that would make interesting art or craft projects, and VHS tape is excellent as a yarn substitute in crochet.

Take this tote bag for example. It only took two and a half rolls of VHS tape to make this super cute and roomy bag. I love that it’s so shiny, and when it moves it makes a squeaky sound which seems to amuse both me and my kitties. What? I admit it. I’m easily amused and I guess a little weird, but that’s okay.

I think the next time we take a trip to the beach, this will double as my beach bag too. Anyway, here’s directions on how to make this tote bag in case you would like to make one of your own. It doesn’t have to be out of VHS tape either. However, if you use a different material, you may have to adjust the pattern to get the size right.

Supplies:

I needed two and a half rolls of VHS tape. You may need more or less depending on brand I guess. These were some that we had used to record stuff on. I also used a J/10-6.00MM crochet hook. 

For the body and part of the sides, I used a Solid Shell Stitch. If you need additional help with the shell pattern, here’s a video tutorial:

 

How To Make a Solid Shell Stitch Pattern in Crochet:

Directions: 

For the body of the bag:

First, create a foundation chain consisting of a multiple of 6 + 2. I made 56 chains for mine.

Single Crochet (SC) into the 2nd chain from the hook. *Skip two chains and Double Crochet (DC) 5 times into the next chain. Skip two chains and SC into the next chain. Repeat from * until you reach the end of the row. You should end with an SC in the last chain. Chain (CH) 3 and turn the work.

DC two times into the first stitch. *Skip two stitches and SC into the next stitch, which should be the top of the shell from the bottom row. Skip two stitches and DC 5 times into the next stitch, which should be the SC used to secure the shell from the previous row. Repeat from * until you reach the end last stitch. In the last stitch DC 3 times. Chain 1 and turn the work.

Repeat the last two steps until you have 53 rows of shells. CH 3 and turn the work.

On the 54th row, the CH 3 from the previous row will count as a DC for the first stitch. In the next stitch, make 1 Half Double Crochet (HDC). In the next stitch make one SC. *In the next stitch, which should be the top of the shell from the previous row, make one Slip Stitch (SLST). In the next stitch make one SC. In the next stitch make one HDC. In the next stitch, which should be the SC to secure the shell from the previous row, make one DC. In the next stitch make one HDC. In the next stitch make one SC. Repeat from * until you reach the end of the row. You should end with a DC in the last stitch. This completes the body of the bag.

NOTE: If you have trouble with the 54th row, refer to the above video tutorial to see how to give the scalloped edge a straight border, which is what the 54th row is for.

For the sides of the bag:

First, create a foundation chain consisting of a multiple of 6 + 2. I made 14 chains for mine.

SC into the 2nd chain from the hook. *Skip two chains and DC 5 times into the next chain. Skip two chains and SC into the next chain. Repeat from * until you reach the end of the row. You should end with an SC in the last chain. CH 3 and turn the work.

DC two times into the first stitch. *Skip two stitches and SC into the next stitch, which should be the top of the shell from the bottom row. Skip two stitches and DC 5 times into the next stitch, which should be the SC used to secure the shell from the previous row. Repeat from * until you reach the end last stitch. In the last stitch DC 3 times. Chain 1 and turn the work.

Repeat the last two steps until you have 17 rows of shells. CH 3 and turn the work.

On the 18th row, the CH 3 from the previous row will count as a DC for the first stitch. In the next stitch, make one HDC. In the next stitch make one SC. *In the next stitch, which should be the top of the shell from the previous row, make one SLST. In the next stitch make one SC. In the next stitch make one HDC. In the next stitch, which should be the SC to secure the shell from the previous row, make one DC. In the next stitch make one HDC. In the next stitch make one SC. Repeat from * until you reach the end of the row. You should end with a DC in the last stitch. Chain one and turn the work.

SC into the first stitch. Skip 5 stitches and Double Treble Crochet (DTR) 10 times into the next stitch. Skip 5 stitches and SC into the last stitch. This completes the sides of the bag.

NOTE: If you have trouble with the 18th row, refer to the above video tutorial to see how to give the scalloped edge a straight border, which is what the 18th row is for.

For the handles of the bag:

First, create a foundation chain consisting of 8 chains.

HDC into the 3rd chain from the hook, and all remaining chains. You should have a total of 6 HDC. CH 2 and turn the work.

HDC into the first stitch, and all remaining stitches on this row. You should have a total of 6 HDC. CH 2 and turn the work.

Repeat the last step until you have 36 rows. This completes the handles of the bag.

How to put it all together:

To attach the sides, I used some clips to hold the body of the bag and side pieces together to make sure that they would line up right. Then I just SLST them together.

For the handles, I pinned them into place. You can measure it out to make it perfectly symmetrical or just eyeball it. Then I used a crochet pin and some extra VHS tape to sew the handles down.

Last but not least, I used the crochet pin to sew the strings into the bag too. If you’re not sure how to do this, here’s a video tutorial.

 

How to hide the strings in your crochet project.

I hope ya’ll have as much fun with this project as I have. Until next time, happy creating!

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