Sunday, 28 October 2012

Pouch with measuring tape closure

That's right.. This nifty little pouch is kept closed with a couple pieces of metal measuring tape.

 
 
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I can't remember where I read about this a while back, but I was intrigued and tried it out then.   Very quick and easy to make.. I hammered out a few to hold some of my son's little toys.  I didn't bother with a lining.  The opening snaps closed with a nice little click.  This one holds 9 wooden robots about 5" tall.



 Here are the quick steps to make one.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric that will make up the front and back of your pouch.  Make them about 1.5" taller than you want the final pouch.

Open up the casing of the measuring tape, be careful, you don't want the entire roll of tape to unwind.   I use a rubber band to keep it together.


Cut 2 pieces a bit smaller than the width of your fabric. About 1/2" less, if you use 1/4" seam allowance.



Curve the ends of the measure tape pieces to avoid corners poking through fabric. Again, be careful of the pieces of metal you cut off, they can be sharp.



Sew a casing on the top of the fabric that would fit the measuring tape.  I usually will fold in the raw edges so it looks a bit neater.



Insert the measuring tape in each casing with the concave (or number) side in the direction of what will be the inside of the pouch.



Put the two pieces of fabric, with tape inserted, right sides together.  Sew down a side, across the bottom and up the other side, making sure not to sew over the measuring tape.



Clip the corners and turn right side out.  It feels a bit awkward to turn over the tape but it will flip over.



 And that's it.   Fill 'er up:


This is filled with little plastic cars.  I could hold it upside down and give it some good shakes and the opening remained tightly shut.


If you're going to use it for heavier things, just double up the measure tape for more strength at the opening.

Pretty cool, how it snaps closed huh? No?  Guess I'm easily impressed. :) 

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24 comments:

  1. I think it's cool, too!!! Great idea...

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  2. That's great! Thanks so much for sharing tutorial! Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. What a fun idea! What's the longest length of measuring tape you've used? I counted 5 inches in your photo for the toy pouch. Does it work with longer lengths? Would make for a fun closure for a tote bag. :)

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  4. I think I made one about 9-10 inches again for a toy bag. I haven't tried it for a hand bag..you have to hold it open otherwise it snaps shut, so you'd need two hands to get something from the bag.

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    1. Good to know that it wouldn't want to stay open on its own if it was made bigger. Thanks for your input! :)

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  5. I pinned this. I've been saving a broken measuring tape for just this reason. Thanks for the free tute!

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  6. I've seen this before too. Love it! Thanks for reminding me. I'd love to do it for sandwich bags, but I"m thinking that you can'treally wash it 'cause eventually the measuring tape will rust, huh?... What do you think?

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    1. The way it closes would be perfect for sandwich bag, but yeah the eventual rusting would be an issue.. you can duct tape the tape for some protection?

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  7. Holy crappers, that's genius! I love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Tips & Tricks Tuesdays!

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  8. Way Cool! Great idea. I would love for you to add this to my Mom's Library Link-up!
    http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/10/moms-library-link-up-3-for-me.html

    Thanks and Be Blessed,
    Julie

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  9. What an interesting idea for the closure and perfect for boys too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  10. I love this idea, thanks for the tutorial. Some time ago I had heard of using this tape for closures I could not imagine how to do it, you've explained very well, thank you.
    Marisa-

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  11. What a cool idea! I'd never thought to use a measuring tape to hold something closed before. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  12. Concave to the inner side.... OK
    I love it! I am going to give this a try! Pinning....


    Hugs ~ Crystelle

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  13. A really great idea. Who would have thought??? I love the blog world. I learn so much.

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  14. what a brilliant idea. this reminds me of those snap bracelets from the 80s. thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

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  15. Love the idea of using the measuring tape! Genius! And it looks super cute too! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

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  16. This is a great idea! Wonderful especially for travel. Thanks for sharing.
    Donna @onceuponasewingmachine.com

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  17. This is very cool and I'd love you to link it up at PIN MEme at DianaRambles.com.

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    1. Thanks for linking this up! I've pinned & tweeted this!
      https://twitter.com/FreeStyleMama/status/265107941269594113

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  18. How cool it that! I have never seen that before! Thanks so for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  19. OMG this is ssssssooooo clever! I LOVE it. I'm so glad you linked up and shared on Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun.....I LOVE this and I love your blog! I pinned and tweeted this great project and I'm following along on GFC and Networked blogs...I'm hooked on your blog! Have a great day!

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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  20. You've been featured! Check it out and claim your feature button! :)

    Marilyn

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-treats-and-fall-fun.html

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  21. A very useful pouch not only for my kids but also for me. Thank you very much.

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