A tote bag made of 5.25" floppy disks. It can carry bulky objects and at least 15 pounds for extended periods of time. Great for shopping or any of your general toting needs.
Step 1: What You Will Need:
These are what you will need, how much they cost me and how little it could cost you
18 5.25" floppy disks: $20.00 for 100 on eBay or free, salvaged
2X15.75"X16.25" canvas: $3.00 scrap canvas at art store or free, salvaged
Tape: $1.00 for two rolls PVC tape (any kind will do) or free, salvaged
Sewing machine: Free, I'm sure a friend of yours has one.
2X1.5' Cotton or nylon webbing: $0.50 army surplus store or free, salvaged
8 nuts and 8 bolts: $5.36 (acorn nuts are expensive) or free, salvaged
Drill, Bore, awl, knife or other hole punching device: Free, I'm sure you have one
I spent money on this project because I'm turning it in for an art project and because it's a prototype. However now that I know How to make them they will cost me next to nothing to produce. I'm passing the instructions for a free tote bag on to you
Step 2: Line Up the Disks
Align the disks in a three by three square with the seams facing up.
Step 3: Begin Taping
Tape the disks together. Don't worry about looks because there will be a layer of canvas covering it (You may need more tape than shown in the picture.)
Step 4: Align the Fabric
Carefully flip your square of disks over and line it up with one of your rectangles of fabric leaving a half inch of excess on the side you plan to be the top. Then begin sewing the floppy disks to the fabric.
Step 5: Sewing
You should set the sewing machine to be making some kind of wide stitch which will cover the seams between the disks, this saves time, energy and thread compared to sewing on each disk individually.I have compiled a few possible stitches. When you are finished with the disks fold over that extra half inch to make a hem.