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    Metal Tape Measure closure for a bag!

    At a recent class, the instructor showed off a really great idea for a purse. It's just a plain purse/wristlet, but the amazing part is the closure - it uses a 1" metal tape measure! You cut two lengths of the tape measure a bit shorter than the width of the purse and then slip it into a small pocket at the top of the bag. The measuring tape is rigid enough to keep the bag shut, but bends easily when pried open. It snaps shut when you release it! It's so clever!

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    Here are a few links and instructions:
    - What I've been working on in the sewing room... - The Crafty Quilter
    - A Joyful Soul Fabrics: POP! Bags
    - Ladybird Ln: Sassy Coin Purse with Tape Measure Snap!
    There are a bunch of links on Pinterest too - just search snap bags and enjoy

    Be careful when cutting the metal tape measure (use tin snips, not your scissors!) and tape the ends of each piece to keep it from being so sharp and cutting you or the fabric. It also helps to round the corners of the tape measure a bit too.

    The instructor said the cheap tape measures from the dollar store are too flimsy to use. She advised using old tape measures from garage sales or your own tool box.

    This is definitely something for my to-do list. I'm even wondering how it might work on a big tote bag....hmmmm....probably would have to be a large tape measure measuring an inch or more.... hmmmm
    Last edited by snippet; August 18, 2013, 02:08 AM.

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    Not only is that really cute, but it's a nifty idea too!
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      #3
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      we done these in class a few years ago called snap bags they are very interesting. And yes the tape measures are very sharp and its so easy to get a paper type cut and bleed all over your bag. Our big problem was finding a tape measure reasonably priced. The cheap ones are too skinny and buying a 25 dollar craftsman one is out of the question, so is stealing hubbys if I want to live...LOL
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        #4
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        I've made several of these and the tape measure closures really work great!
        Shirley :icon_bigsmile:

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          #5
          Re: Metal Tape Measure closure for a bag!

          I've seen these bags but I need to figure out something I can use instead of the metal, because I am on the clumsy side and there is NO doubt I'd be bleeding all over these bags! lol I was wondering if anyone has tried the rubber slap bracelets in place of the metal.

          Susan
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            #6
            Re: Metal Tape Measure closure for a bag!

            image.jpgI just made one of these this week, amd I'm wondering where to steal a tape measure to cut up to make more. I bought a kit with the tape measure pieces already included.
            Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; August 18, 2013, 07:30 AM.

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              #7
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              I have made several of these. I first learned about them from a quilt shop I went to on a shop hop. Now it is my favorite quilt shop. I just keep buying the kits from her, because they are only $6,50 each. My 16 year old granddaughter loves them for gifts to give to her friends.

              Kathy

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                #8
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                Well this is a brand new idea to me. Thank you for the links!
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                  #9
                  Re: Metal Tape Measure closure for a bag!

                  I've made about 30 of these and most of them were gifts for the teachers I work with last year for Christmas. They can be used for all kinds of stuff. One I made larger for a 6 year old that was going through getting her tonsils out and put in an activity book and markers for her to keep busy during recovery so she wouldn't think too much about her throat hurting. They can be customized with fabric you use - Eagles fabric for a teacher that loves the Eagles football team, princess material for the little girl, blueberry fabrics for my sister that decorates in that theme, sewing notions for quilters, etc. One gal uses hers to put her camera in when she goes on trips.

                  Just a few tips I found while sewing them - I found to be careful of is of course, the sharp edges (I had trouble using snips and ended up using old scissors - rounded the corners off and try to cut over a trash can so you don't have to pick up the pieces you snip off - they might go flying across the room and try to find those little buggers so the animals don't step on them - trust me, it happens - ask me how I know), and be careful when sewing the last side seams up because if you don't sew in close enough you could get a hole on the sides where items could slip out. Oh, plus - make sure you slip the metal tape in right or it won't snap and watch you don't sew over your tape pieces. I think it could break your needle. You could even do them in assembly style like I did. They go very quick and it took me about 2 days to do about 20 bags.
                  Oh - I didn't put that little tab on mine but I did use a zigzag stitch on the top flap - it added a little extra design to it - just try to not pull on the material when sewing or it could distort the zigzag.
                  They all loved them so much, now I am on a mission to find a gift for this year they will like just as much.
                  My girlfriend picked up the tapes for me and I forget where she got them. I'll find out later today and let you know. I think it was Home Depot or Lowes and they were a great price.

                  Hugs,
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                    I have made a tote for an auction using this. Patterns are called 'Snap Happy'. The most difficult part for me was trying to get the case the tape measure was in apart and I tried to do that for about half an hour before it dawned on me that I could just pull the entire tape out and cut it!!! Make sure you do this, because if you don't, it will all wind back in and you won't have an easy time getting it back out!
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                      #11
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                      I totally forgot about these! Yours is really pretty! One of my dd's and I were making a lot of bags for awhile and came across these. We decided on the magnetic snaps. I'm going to try this one now.
                      🌺 Lorie

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                        #12
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                        I have made a few of these myself. I put masking tape over the ends of the tape measure after cutting. This way it slides in place and doesn't catch on the batting. My husband had a few tape measures that were broken. So he donated them to me. So if you know any carpenters or guys who do there own fixing up on things. Maybe they have a few tape measures they would love to get rid of. Especially if they are broken.

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                          #13
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                          To keep the left over tape from going back inside, before you cut your pieces off, just pull some extra out and put a clothespin on it to hold it so it won't reel back inside.

                          Hugs,
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                            My friend bought my tapes at Walmart for $3. to $5. a piece. If you go to Lowes or Home Depot, don't buy the ones hanging up on eye level - too expensive. Look down on the bottom shelves, much cheaper.

                            Hugs,
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                              #15
                              Re: Metal Tape Measure closure for a bag!

                              Originally posted by quiltingtrish View Post
                              To keep the left over tape from going back inside, before you cut your pieces off, just pull some extra out and put a clothespin on it to hold it so it won't reel back inside.

                              Hugs,
                              Well that's smart!
                              🌺 Lorie

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