Cassette tape coin purse

So, many of you know that I make cassette tape wallets.. After a few weeks of using mine, I found out that they’re not ideal for storing lose change.  It slides out of the sides when you unzip it causing you to scramble around on the floor to collect your change.  Or maybe that’s just me.  In any case, it inspired me to make a coin purse version of the cassette tape wallet.  I wanted a metal purse frame clamshell thing as a closure instead of a zipper, but I didn’t want to pay 5+ bucks for one (yeah, I’m cheap) so that was really the only thing holding me up from making one.  However, after cleaning my room the other day I found an old wallet which happened to have a coin purse attached.. perfect!  The wallet was already falling apart, so I just ripped the frame out and got crackin’.

These are my materials:


a cassette tape, a metal purse frame (I’m not sure of the size because I just ripped it out of that wallet) and fabric.

And here is what happens when you throw all those things together:





And that’s it!  I really like how it turned out.. I want to make more but I don’t know where else to get those purse frame things… I’ll just have to keep searching!

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  1. rae
    November 20, 2008 at 12:48 am — Reply

    can you like, make a step by step thing so I can figure out how to make one too?

  2. jude
    November 20, 2008 at 12:58 am — Reply


  3. November 20, 2008 at 7:00 am — Reply

    Here’s a good site full of coin purse frames (:

    • December 1, 2008 at 12:49 am — Reply

      Where’s the link? I can’t see it :(

  4. ano
    November 20, 2008 at 7:49 am — Reply

    Try trolling resale shops for old coin purses. Lots of great ideas are just sitting in there, waiting to be discovered!

    • December 1, 2008 at 12:49 am — Reply

      I know! Resale shops are basically my second home :)

  5. Becca
    November 20, 2008 at 9:26 am — Reply

    Very Cute!

    Most craft shops like Micheal’s and Hobby Lobby have the purse frames.

    • December 1, 2008 at 12:50 am — Reply


      Every time I find them in the store, they’re around 5 bucks… and I’m too cheap to spend that much money on them, haha. I think I’ll just roam around thrift stores and whatnot and buy a bunch of coin purses for a few cents each instead :)

      • pollyb
        January 5, 2009 at 1:03 am — Reply

        Just go to a dollar store thye have the frames.

  6. November 20, 2008 at 10:03 am — Reply

    That’s so great!! I posted about your cassette tape wallet on dollarstorecrafts.com and I’ll def. have to do a follow up and mention this one! (BTW

    Awesome – you are so creative! I love it!

    • December 1, 2008 at 12:51 am — Reply

      Awesome, thanks!! :)

  7. […] Chezlin, the blog that brought us the instructions for the amazing cassette tape wallet, has come up with another great use for cassette tapes in the form of this pretty coin purse! What a wonderful use for both cassette tapes AND those cool metal coin purse frames. I really love the pink cassette tape Rachel chose for this one! […]

  8. Mandy
    November 20, 2008 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    If you want to know where to get the kits for the metal frame thing, I know where to get them for $ 4.00! email me at missmrocks@yahoo.com

  9. kara
    November 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    That is awesome, I can’t wait to try it out.

  10. jillian
    November 23, 2008 at 9:13 pm — Reply


  11. November 24, 2008 at 8:04 am — Reply

    […] “You can recycle an old cassette tape into a coin purse.” Learn on Chezlin.com […]

  12. November 24, 2008 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I like this idea with this closure, but if you like the zipper one better (since you said the only reason you did it this way was because your coins fell out with the zipper), why don’t you just add gussets to the zipper one like you did on this one?

    I may make these as party favours! I have a bunch of old tapes lying around and this seems like a cheap and fun gift!

    • December 1, 2008 at 12:35 am — Reply

      Actually, coins falling out of my cassette wallet wasn’t the only reason why I wanted to make a cassette coin purse, I had been wanting to do it because I liked the look of them too. Besides, it’s a little too late to add gussets to my zipper wallet, I think I’d do more damage to it by trying to add those in because of how attached the glue is.

      You should post some pictures of your coin purses if you make them!! :)

  13. November 25, 2008 at 6:34 am — Reply

    A novel and awesome creativity!

  14. November 25, 2008 at 5:02 pm — Reply

    I have never seen this creation before! Awesome!

  15. November 26, 2008 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    Very cute creation.

  16. St1
    November 27, 2008 at 3:56 am — Reply

    °°the internet°°

    • December 1, 2008 at 12:51 am — Reply

      Haha, don’t worry, that’s coming eventually!

  17. Craig Taylor
    November 28, 2008 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    If you ever make theses available for purchase… I’m interested crtaylor80@comcast.net

  18. November 29, 2008 at 12:15 am — Reply

    This is amazing! Does the plastic in the tape rub against the other?

  19. Richard
    November 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    I just stumbled upon this, and thought it was a cool idea (with a different tape of course) until I noticed how it’s hinged at the bottom… you can’t really have it bulging with coins unless the sides of the “purse frame” aren’t fixed to the cassette. Am I wrong?

    • December 1, 2008 at 12:47 am — Reply

      This coin purse holds enough change for me. I guess if you like to have a lot of change then it might not work..

      I don’t understand what you mean about the sides of the frame not being fixed to the cassette.. the way I put it together, only the top of the frame is connected to the cassette. I just didn’t have the tape stretched out all the way in the pictures, it looks as though the frame is attached all the way around.

  20. Pat
    November 29, 2008 at 7:37 pm — Reply

    Unbelievably clever! You really ARE crackin’!
    Quite amazing. Thanks!

    • January 8, 2009 at 3:53 am — Reply

      Haha, why thank you! :)

  21. Ginger Groves
    November 30, 2008 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    Very cool…I love looking at not what something is but what it could be….

  22. November 30, 2008 at 9:57 pm — Reply

    This is so cute!

  23. December 1, 2008 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    Wow! Amazing! Love!

  24. […] awesome choice of a cassette tape to turn into a coin purse? Chezlin made this particular purse — more photos are up on her site. It’s not for sale, but the project itself looks pretty […]

  25. Heidi
    December 8, 2008 at 8:42 am — Reply

    I love this Ideah!!!! I need to make some for my neices! Thanks for the gift Idea!

    • January 8, 2009 at 3:58 am — Reply

      I’m glad you like it!! If you make some you should definitely show me! I’d love to see them. Thanks! :)

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  27. Katee80Jet
    December 17, 2008 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    I love this idea too, im totally going to make some. Im pretty sure you should be able to find those purse metal parts at a hobby store or something like that. Look around! Great idea i love it. Inspiring!

    • January 8, 2009 at 3:52 am — Reply

      Thanks!! :) Every time I go to the fabric store they are always sold out of the size I need, haha. I’ll probably end up just buying some online or somethin’.

  28. Sage
    January 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm — Reply

    try this for clasps. Also,try clasps, not closures for search.

    • January 8, 2009 at 3:38 am — Reply

      Thanks for the link!

  29. Stevers
    January 5, 2009 at 9:03 am — Reply

    Any chance of a step-by-step? I want to make a few of these but am not sure how to do the gussets on the sides…


    • January 8, 2009 at 3:37 am — Reply

      Sure! I’ll make one once I have enough money to buy some more clasps for it! :)

  30. January 22, 2009 at 9:52 am — Reply

    Tutorial: Cassette Tape Wallet…

    We really love this next tutorial for creating a little wallet or change purse out of an old cassette tape. The tutorial’s creator, Rachel of Chezlin, has created two different variations of the tutorial — one with a zipper closure and one …

  31. January 23, 2009 at 7:27 am — Reply

    This is super cute! Can’t wait for the tutorial.

    I am having an ’80s craft-a-long on my blog and this is the perfect project for it. I’ll be making one of your cassette tape wallets soon and will post a link to your site along with my project.


  32. January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm — Reply

    So cute! I love that you used a Barbie tape. I know I have some children tapes from when I was younger like that laying around. I think a little girl now would like this cute little change purse; bright pink, Barbie, and made of a piece of technology she wouldn’t otherwise get to experience.

  33. TaraDK
    January 28, 2009 at 7:08 pm — Reply

    Wonderful! I love this idea! I am deffinitely going to try this 😀 Thank you for sharing with us! Oh, for frames, have you thought of Dollar or Pound shops? The local dollar stores here carry inexpensive coin purses for $1 or less – you can simply rip the frames out, lol :) Cheers!

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  35. sam
    February 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm — Reply

    bahaha, oh god, that cassette, I remember having it. Good times. Adorable stuff!!

  36. Jen
    February 15, 2009 at 2:30 am — Reply

    omg please please make a step by step thing, i really want to know how to make this!

  37. February 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm — Reply

    İt’s wonderful idea and it’s original.Congratulations..

  38. February 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm — Reply

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  40. Abi
    March 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    I have also found coin purses with those types of clasps at the dollar store…

  41. September 7, 2009 at 11:27 am — Reply

    What an imaginitive, practical and green use of material–I love it!

  42. nolanski
    September 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    you would just take it apart in half not very hard then glue some felt on it attach some of those things on top annd your good to go : D

  43. September 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    That looks good, but I only have white and black cassette tapes. Im not sure how long it would last either?

  44. Kelly McCoy
    November 20, 2009 at 6:11 am — Reply

    This is such a cute and creative idea. My daughter and I are going to try to make some this weekend.

  45. December 21, 2009 at 12:53 am — Reply


    This is purse frame Wholesaler:


  46. deborah
    January 6, 2010 at 7:53 am — Reply

    This is such a cute idea! Can you explain how you attached the fabric so that there aren’t any openings on the side? I don’t quite understand that part.


  47. kristen
    April 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm — Reply

    haha i was going to say the same thing! me and my sister used to play that and make our barbies have concerts… good times

  48. Belle
    April 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Chezlin! I am still waiting for that step-by-step tutorial.. any ideas on how to make a partition in the middle?

  49. May 15, 2010 at 4:10 am — Reply
  50. May 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm — Reply

    amazing post! thanx a lot! i hope i will back here soon

  51. Wendy
    June 3, 2010 at 11:31 pm — Reply

    Hello, I loved your idea.. I want to do this purse..
    did you use an special glue? or what did you use to paste the casete whit the metal purse frame?

  52. July 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm — Reply

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  53. […] Need a way to safely yet cleverly store your cash or spare change? It’s hard to decide which is cooler — this cassette tape wallet or its crafty cousin, the cassette tape coin purse. […]

  54. purse frames wholesale
    February 24, 2011 at 12:59 am — Reply

    try this for clasps. Also,try clasps, not closures for search.


  55. Aubrey
    February 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    I know this link is pretty old, but did anyone ever find/make a tutorial?

  56. Kori Bennett
    November 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    This is awesome! Have you found anywhere that has the purse frame for cheap yet??

  57. dawn
    December 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm — Reply
  58. Risu
    December 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm — Reply

    I have seen purse frames at Jo anns, but I’m not sure if they’re the right size.

  59. Bethc964
    January 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm — Reply

    you could check your local DOLLAR TREE or other discount stores such as SALVATION ARMY .. etc and see if you can find wallets or coin purses super cheep ..  that’s what i do :) i love this and will definately have to try to make one .. :)

  60. Dede55
    January 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    The closure is called a “purse frame” and can be found on the internet!  Just thought you would like that info!  DawnDidIt

  61. V_prixila
    May 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    hi Rachel, i wanted to contact you but the contact tab doesn’t show any e-mail..so i’ll write it here…so i’m not from the USA…and i’m making some cassette wallet like you and selling them..i putted together of both of yours tutorials and make my cassettes by using you way of making the zipper, and the interior of the wallet from this one…and now another girl from here is trying to incriminate me…she says that i’m copying her idea of a cassette wallet model…what do you think i should do? she doesn’t have anything registered…

    • LuLu
      February 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm — Reply

      No idea is original. There are different ways to do it all but it’s a little difficult unless things are trade marked. that girl cant touch you

  62. Susie
    July 12, 2012 at 8:28 am — Reply

    I think that specialty fabric stores, maybe even a Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, might have what you’re looking for. Sometimes a yarn shop has those frames, because people knit or crochet the pouch part. Cute idea!

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  64. December 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the link! Yeah, they can be pretty pricey unfortunately.

  65. December 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm — Reply

    I’m sure you could talk to an employee to see if they would be able to order some frames that would be the correct size if they didn’t have any in stock.

  66. May 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    I have no experience in selling these items as I made it as a personal project. I’m sorry that you’re having issues, but I don’t really have any advice concerning this.

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