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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.
 
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Step 1: What You Will Need:

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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 3: Begin Taping

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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.
larwe4 years ago
No, no, you're all young whippersnappers. This instructable should be called "TOTE",8 or perhaps BRUN TOTE.

Anyway, the ACTUAL suggestion I was going to make is use dark canvas - it will make it look more like a disks-only bag.

Also though it will be substantially more expensive to make (since they are rarer), you can do the same project with eight 8" floppy disks. And if you get really creative, use white webbing for the handles and use a Magic Marker to decorate each handle as a piece of 7-bit paper tape. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punched_tape for an example.
Ivriniel larwe3 years ago
I adore my 64! :D
imanalchemist (author)  larwe4 years ago
ha ha, I have a box of 10, 8" floppies, they are too few and far between for me to use them in such a manner.
I have hundreds with my collection of TRS-80 Model II computers. Also mixed in the boxes are various weirdo hard-sectored disks from Lord alone knows what strange Jurassic-era systems (probably some DEC stuff in there, and other minicomputer goodies). And at least some density/sectoring configurations are still actually in current production. But expensive, like I said. VERY expensive.
cbilderback5 years ago
I've found that when working with webbing straps like the ones for your handles, using an icepick or fork prong to 'poke' through the webbing works best. Once through, gyrate the icepick in circles to widen the opening and voila! Holes in webbing without cutting. And without cutting, the webbing won't weaken or tear over time.
dacker6 years ago
I think you are showing your youth. It should be titled, "A:\TOTE". I've been around this game for a while. I bought my 1st PC in Feb. 1984 It was the original 32-pound Compaq Portable and cost me $3000. At that time, 5.25" DSDD diskettes cost $5 each. I still have that Compaq....
Could also be B:\TOTE, too. And I'm a lot younger than you. Thing is, I know my old tech as well as my new.
Yep, B:\TOTE is also possible.

You could only boot off of A:\ though. Typically, A: had DOS and whatever program you wanted to run; B: was the floppy you stored your files.
One of those things I never knew. The most I remember from DOS was trying to get back into Windows 98 after friends locked the system down by restarting in MS-DOS mode and realizing it won't boot to Windows unless you key in the right term. I no longer remember the terms, but that was always fun.
imanalchemist (author)  dacker6 years ago
The only dos I ever ran was an emulator *blush*, I told you I was reared on the Macintosh SE
im only 14 and i had two dos laptops that one had a broken screen while the other one the motherboard was fried and was an easy switcheroo, that was my first dos computer, i did that when i was 10.....i think thats pretty good lol
Apparently Dell is selling computers preloaded with DOS...
and a bunch of flavors of Linux
Madrias3575 years ago
I remember the time dad brought home an 8 inch floppy disk. It became my mouse pad. No longer have it (the case fractured on me), but it got looks from friends.
agis685 years ago
Oh my God (of DOS) please forgive the sinner dude who made this project!!!
Since the winXX appeared the world came upside down.
Nice project and very well done 4/5 (the one missing for respect to old good f@#$%king days of the dark screen with the white chars)
I have around two big boxes of these 5-3/4 Floppies. (many of them still working fine- when i boughed my new PC I ask to leave enough space for a 53/4 floppy player.....the guy was very young and he replied "never existed that kind of stuff......still laughing
That is awesome. I wish I could find those. I can't remember how floppy they are, but if they were bendy enough, they'd make an awesome raincoat, mehbe. You were mentioned on Threadbanger. And I was like "ZOMG! I've even quite possibly commented on that one!"
imanalchemist (author)  megziewoodles6 years ago
I'm making a vest for prom, the only problem is that humans have joints, and unlike fabric, these floppies cannot bend in two dimensions at once
I could imagine that being an issue. Recently I found some records that were the size of CDs at the local St Vinnies. You just inspired me to start thinking about making vinyl scale mail.
*sigh* It's probably too late, but please consider googling the bands on those 45's before you turn them into scale mail. I don't know too many people collecting and listening to them, but as a favor to those folks, make sure you're not destroying anything good.
*Grins.* "Great polka hits"?

Don't worry, this is one of my grand plans that will never happen.
so cool! I must go and salvage!
Gasbagmike6 years ago
HA HA HA
asianwizard6 years ago
did he read the book upside down on purpose?
Is that John Terry reading the book upside down?
imanalchemist (author)  Elastometer6 years ago
of soccer fame? No.
imanalchemist (author)  asianwizard6 years ago
Yes, he wanted to see if anyone would catch it.
yes.
HamO6 years ago
Shouldn't it be A:/Tote
tyeo098 HamO6 years ago
actually B:\Tote 5.25's were on the B: drive after 3.5s came out
Catling6 years ago
Ha ha, awesome! I love it! Nice touch with the canvas. Now my dad wants me to make one... He says we have a bunch of these in the basement.