Hot glue gun
Clear packaging tape (or thin clear plastic sheet like used in old transparencies for projectors)
Crazy glue (or super glue)
Crochet hook (I used size I/9-5.50MM but could use 1 size smaller or bigger)
Silver marker (or white grease pencil or anything that will show up on the cassette plastic)
Small Phillips head screwdriver (not seen in photo, my apologies)
Small hinges (Could also use flexural hinges if wanted)
Fabric (I used some thin dark green fabric, anything will work - Not seen in pictures in this step)
Step 1: Disassemble VHS Cassette
Next pry off the metal spring using a screw driver or pull with fingers (watch eyes)!
Also remove the hinged lid that covers the magnetic tape, you can discard any springs attached to it.
Lastly remove the spring loaded plastic clip that locks the lid in place and discard it (see final photo)
Step 2: Trim Insides to Allow Hinged Movement
Also trim other protrusions at the top (as seen in photo 3).
Lastly trim the two flat protrusions down for they are the last interference's (as seen in photo 4).
Step 3: Attach Hinges
If more strength is desired, use a small drill bit slightly undersized of the screws provided with the hinges, drill pilot holes and then screw in the hinges.
Step 4: Crochet the Magnetic Tape Into Clasp and Hook
a) The first step is to crochet a simple chain approximately 4" long. I folded the starting tail and chained over it so it was tucked away but it could easily be tied off and cut to length.
b) After the chain is finished, cut off a tail of about 1.5" and weave it back through the chain and cut the excess when no more can be weaved through
c) Repeat steps a & b to create two chains of this length
Step 5: Attach the Crocheted Clasp and Hook
Next lay the lid down in the open position (ensure correct orientation) and mark off the boundaries of the gap seen to the left of the silver markings (see photo 2).
Lastly apply glue liberally and coil the chain so a lot of surface area is in contact with the glue area and let it set (see photo 3).
In order to secure the clasp, just tape the loose chain and loop it through the hook a couple times!
Step 6: Attach Fabric Insides
Starting with just 1 edge, lay a bead of hot glue down along one of the red lines (seen in photo 2) and quickly place the fabric onto the bead. Lay another bead of glue on the other red line and place the fabric on it creating a side piece.
Repeat this process for the other side. The final result should look something like photo 3.
Step 7: Plastic Windows for Two Main Holes in Cassette
Cut two squares of tape and place them on the inside of the case covering the hole, press all the edges down so the tape won't come up (see photo 1).
On the outside of the cassette, place another piece of tape with the sticky side to sticky side and starting from the middle, press out the contact till it reaches the edge of the hole (see photo 2). Repeat this for the other hole as well
Lastly, using the exacto knife, trim the excess around the hole (carefully!) (see photo 3)
Step 8: Create Shoulder Strap and Attach It
Here is how I did it. I created a chain about 2.5' long, did a full row of single stitch and went back on the next row just doing a slip stitch. Goal was to have a symmetrical strap, chain on the outsides with a single stitch on the inside. Could really be any pattern you want and any width. I do have a video of my hands crocheting the tape. Let me know and I'll upload if anyone wants to see it.
Next step was to glue it onto the side of the cassette. I squeezed the width down a bit and glued a 1" section of strap onto the side using crazy glue. I repeated this for both sides.
Step 9: Wear and Enjoy!
(I apologize for the final image, I didn't have any female models at the time...)