Saturday, August 7, 2010

Scrappy Crafting


I love when I can make a cool craft using stuff I already have, and especially when it would have been destined for the dumpster too! 

My retractable tape measure ceased to retract, which led to a messy sewing box.  No worries; I had a backup (or 10) but I didn't want to toss it because...well, I don't know, but I hung on to it nevertheless.  Then I got an idea! 

Inspired by this tutorial from How About Orange, I made it into a little bow by cutting it up and stapling little loops. (You could glue them too - the skinny tape measure was a little unweildy with a full sized stapler. I hot glued them together into the bow shape. 

But WAIT!  That's not all! 


Too cute just to grace a package (although you could do that too, by affixing some double sided tape to the bottom), I glued on a little scrap of fleece and a pin I had.  Yay!  Now I can show my passion for sewing on my sleeve...or shirt, or bag, or wherever I want. 

5 comments:

  1. If only you knew I how many of these no-longer-retracting tape measurers I have....what a great idea for Christmas presents for the teachers at my school. Super duper idea...and thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Genie
    buttonsforbaga

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  2. Thanks! I'm so glad you like the idea and will use it too!

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  3. I've been on a bow kick myself, started by How About Orange too! Never thought of a measuring tape though, and now I have to try it!

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