Sew Useful Floppy Disk Binder





Introduction: Sew Useful Floppy Disk Binder

This is a binder made from 5 1/4" floppy disks (from the DOS 3.2 era.) I have both my Macpack and Floppy disk bag on display in an art gallery and I wanted some way to present the instructables alongside the pieces, because they are as much a part of the art as the pieces themselves. So I stitched together sixteen floppies into 2x2 squares and had them bound with the printed instructables as two binders for presentation. And off we go:

Step 1: The Pieces:

The things you will require are:
floppy disks (crucial) 8x each binder,
A drill and appropriate sized bit (I rec0ommend no larger than 3/16",)
Magnetic tape from a cassette tape,
a needle with an eye big enough to thread the tape yet small enough to fit through the holes,
a binding machine or some sort of money/Kinkos® combo.
a printer or the above combo,
tassle material, i used my favorite ribbon cable.

If you desire to remove the labels from the floppies and the glue is still holding strong after 20 years I recommend a good soak.

Step 2: The Math Section:

Remember how to add and divide fractions? If no, then be thankful that this project allows for substantial amounts of error. Break up two of the edges into a reasonable amount and mark with a pencil where you want to drill.

Step 3: The Logic Section:

Here you arrange the floppies so that you can drill where you want in one go. The way I have layed them out here, in stacks of four because I need four total sheets of four (each stack contains only one corner for each page) if you put each stack directly on top of another stack to create one giant stack (resist the temptation to shuffle) then drill two rows of holes you will wind up with four of each corner piece with all of the ovular holes facing the same direction.

Step 4: Begin Drilling:

Begin drilling, here I have made a miter box with two perfectly perpendicular walls to keep the stack nice and square. Feel free to do the same if you desire

Step 5: Work Your Fingers to the Subcutaneous Tissue:

Thread your needle with the magnetic tape (it helps if each time you cut the tape you cut it at an angle) and begin stitching the pieces together. I recommend a simple cross stitch to keep the corners from sliding around.

Step 6: The Completed Stitch:

Here is the closeup of the completed stitch.

Step 7: Apple P (or Ctrl P):

Print out our material to be displayed

Step 8: Hie Thee to Kinkos®:

Protect the pages of your binder as well as what you are to bind within them. I put them inside of a paper bag, then inside my bike bag. then proceed to wherever you are to have your product bound

Step 9: Proceed Binding:

I suggest black spiral binding, although clear would not be a bad choice either. While comb binding is cheaper it adds an "elementary school project" aesthetic to your finished piece.

Step 10: Add a Tassle (this Is Optional):

I wished to suspend the binders from the pedestal I had my pieces displayed on so I attached a piece of rainbow ribbon cable by sliding it through the first few loops of the binding and doubling it back over and securing the ends with a knot or tape

Step 11: Gastro-intestional Mirrors, or Internal Reflection:

I wished I could have made a small sticker with the header of each piece on it in the same style as the labels on the disks, but alas I had no sticker paper. I would like to thank my friend who needs an instructable account so I may credit him properly for being my personal project photographer, and a thank you to instructables for getting my work seen in the world, thereby making this whole project necessary.



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    A quick tip, 8" disks would make great binder covers, and if you wanna make a 3-ring binder out of those disks, you can also use some loose-leaf binder rings.

    Nice,  I still have a few 8-inch - SSSD  and some 5 1/4 inch diskettes  around somewhere....:-) 

    my local office supply store can't put the spiral binding on.  does Kinkos do it?  BTW this is beautiful

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    What about using that spray painted floppy as a logo? If it is logos you are referring to in this abdominal muse...


    well it looks like dice and its all flopy why dont you make it like skater like a dc one out of griptape on cardboard like that and put dc logo

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    You just looove floppy disks don't you? Craft kid :D Lovely idea. It's Beautiful <3.

    Nice! Tell us more about the museum showing, perhaps in a forum post?