My answers to the Make-To-Learn Contest:
What did you make?
I made a cassette tape wallet. I chose a cassette tape because I love music. I love music because it defines who you are. The world comes together with music. At New Years Eve shows, it's mainly musical artists performing. Many charities use music events to bring in money for charities because people love music. The wallet features a zipper to open and close the wallet and a soft black felt lining on the inside. It is small enough to fit in your pocket, but big enough to carry cash and coins.
How did you make it?
I made this using materials I picked up from my local thrift shop. I purchased a blank cassette tape and a small travel bag with a zipper as long as the perimeter of the cassette tape. Afterwards, searched through my bag of miscellaneous felts, and pulled out some black felt twice as large as the tape.I then took apart and emptied the cassette of its tape and gears. After cutting the zipper off of the travel bag, I stitched over the ends of the zipper several times to prevent the handle from coming off and ruining the zipper. Then I hot glued the zipper along all the edges except the bottom of the cassette. Afterwards, I glued in the felt lining.
Where did you make it?
I worked on this at home in my bedroom, where I listened to music as I worked.
What did you learn?
I learned about how zippers work and the anatomy of a cassette and how it works as well. I learned that any glue or thread in the zipper will cause it to not work. I found this out after a few mistakes, but then learned how to fix it and prevent it. I also learned that if the handle is too large, it will not be able to make sharp turns in the zipper. Luckily, I used a zipper with a small handle, so it made the turns around the corners of the cassette. I also learned that the tape in the cassette is very, very long.