Sunday, August 3, 2014

Snap Tape Bags

The past week, many were asking about this Tut that Joan from MooseStash shared with us 
some time ago....here you go girls...and thanks Joan...

I am delighted to be asked the be a guest "poster". I start my day off with my coffee and Sew We Quilt  every day, so this is quite a thrill for me.

My name is Joan and I am from MooseStash Quilting. I have been stitching for over 50 years now, and have quite the "stash" built up. That would be a "moose size" stash, hence the name!  I want to extend a big round of thanks for all who have helped me work that down to a manageable size.
Today I would like to share with you, one of my favorite bags.

I just love these little bags with snap tape in them. You just pull the tops apart and they snap back into a closed position. I have rummaged thru my husbands shop and found a tape measure that was perfect for this job. You will see later on, just why.

Lets walk thru building your own bag. First you need to find an old metal tape measure. Take apart the container and remove the tape. The first one I did, I carefully hide the evidence in the trash, so my husband would not find it.  My evil quilting friend suggested that I put the cartridge back together and put it back in it's place in his shop, to just see how long it took him to find it, and what his reaction would be. Although tempting as it was, I chose my "chicken" method of just hiding the empty thing and making sure it went out to the trash!  :-)


You start with quilted fabric. I always seem to make my own, the choices on the market are OK, but never exactly what I am looking for. Cut 2 pieces, just slightly larger than you want your bag to be. If your not using a directional print as this one is, you can make one long strip and just fold in half.


Attach a piece of 2" binding folded in half  lengthwise to the front of the bag. Like the one on the top. Then you are going to press it up and over the underside of the bag, and stitch down like on the bottom. If you are going to put a pocket on one or both sides of the bag, now is the time to do so. I recommend one, at least, and I do a double row of stitching around the pocket. Keep in mind you will be folding over the top approximately 1 1/2" when deciding placement of the pockets.


Next, lay your 2 sides out on a table and mark your fold line. This needs to be about 1/2" to 3/4" more than the width of your tape measure you using. I like to chalk the line on both pieces at the same time to keep them even. Then I press them with steam to set them. Come back to your machine and stitch them down leaving the ends open.
It's time for the tape. You need to measure the width of your bag, and cut your tape 1" smaller than that measurement. It is very easy to cut this tape. I use one of those cheap pair of orange handle scissors. Warning! Once you do that, they will never cut another thing again, so make sure you find and old pair or a "dedicated to metal- from now on" pair for the project. You are going to want 2 layers of tape for each side of the bag. Round off the ends of all the tapes and stack them together. Use some kind of tape (I used painters tape) or a nice duct tape, to tape off the ends so they don't wear a hole in your finished bag, with use.
You want to push your tape into the sleeve you created for the front and back of the bag. Make sure your numbers are facing up so it snaps closed correctly. Now if you look closely at the 2 photos with the tape in it, you will notice the condition of this tape. (and trust me this was the best part of it) Really do we need to keep something that the numbers and lines are worn off ???? Especially if you are trying to take a precise measurement of anything.  Or is it just me!!!!!  :-)

Put your to pieces rights sides together and stitch them up.  Be careful when stitching close to the tape. I push them to the opposite side from where I am working, to make sure I don't hit them with a sewing machine needle. I straight stitch at 1/4" and then when I am done go around them with the serger to finish off the seams. Turn right side out and your done. How easy was that huh? I have made a bunch of different sizes. They are great to keep supplies for classes in. I can collect the book, fabrics, threads, etc. in them to take to a class. I also like big ones to stuff all my underwear in when I am traveling. It's kind of nice to have them all concealed.  With the TSA's X-ray eyes they can see them, but I can't when I open my bag! :-) 

These are doubling as Christmas bags for me this year too. I can put all the little trinkets I have collected for my friends inside and they have a new usable bag too.
Now start stitchin, it's not too late!   :-)  :-)  Stay tuned, as I have a few other quick and easy projects to share over at the MooseStash in the next few days!




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100 comments:

WoolenSails said...

I love the bags, really beautiful.

Debbie

Jan Hatchett said...

Wow! Stash busting, recycling, organizing, beautifying the world--your post has everything! I can honestly say that I have never seen another way to recycle an old, battered measuring tape before! I think it is very cute and terribly clever of you to figure this out. Thanks so much for sharing!

Quiet Quilter said...

Yes, Yes, please..love them...

...And you gave me another reason to "shop" in DH's workshop! Thanks!!

BubzRugz said...

Every day I am amazed at how creative crafters are..... I just love this idea..... I would love to win your lovely bag.... but even if I don't I will have a home-made one.... and if I do.... well then I will have two!!
Hugz

Janet said...

Lovely little bag. I would love to be a winner. I'm on my way to your blog. :)

Crystal said...

What a cool way to create a bag! Now to find a tape measure that DH won't miss - - - ! And your giveaway is made with my very favourite colors - thanks for sharing!

DD Lindsey said...

I KNOW we have an old take measure around here SOMEWHERE! Must. Find. It. NOW.
;) Neat project.

ByTheSea said...

OH please me me lol

Miss 376 said...

What a fantastic idea, and so versatile

Lindah said...

Such a clever bag idea. I had one like that many years ago. It was a favorite. Thank you for sharing the tut.

Madame Samm said...

OHH good morning Joan...and look what we have here...goodness me you came over in a lickity split and look! For those who may be reading this...I was stuck as our guest for today had a family illness, sew I thought I would go out on a limb and ask Joan and lucky for us all, she reached out.....YES YES YES...I love it when things like this happens... Sometimes way out on the limb..the fruit is the sweetest..and you JOAN are..great post and it is guest like YOU who make it all worth while...How lucky to have the caliber that we have here...ahhh now I could use a coffee...wink..

Katie said...

Wow, what a great idea! Now to search through our tape measures for one that won't be missed. Thanks for sharing.

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

What a really neat idea! Thanks for sharing this!

TheaM said...

I LOVE this little bag - thankyou for posting the instructions - great idea, I wish I was the genius who thought of it!

Laura said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I love the image of you sneaking around the workshop and hiding the evidence in the trash! Maybe you could look for tin snips or scissors in your husband's workshop, too, so as to save your scissors. I really like the picture of all of your different sizes!

Kathy H said...

I have seen these little bags before but not made of quilted material which I think looks cuter and easier to make. Hope I can make a few before Christmas as they look like great gift bags as well. Thanks.

Dorian said...

What a great way to use up old/worn out tape measurer's!! Thanks for a the great tut and chance at winning.

lovetostitch said...

Love the bag, great instructions, but a week too late. LOL!! Guess who just threw out and old tape............ Great recycling!!

CarolC said...

I've always wanted to make one of these but I never seem to find the time. If I could win one it would be even better!:)
Thanks for the chance!

elle said...

Next time the grandkiddie pulls the tape ALL the way out I shall be ready! What an absolutely clever (and easy) bag! Thanks SO much.

StitchinByTheLake said...

My quilt guild had a workshop on this bag when I was away on a mission trip this summer and I missed it - I was so disappointed. Now I have a great tutorial and can make some like all my friends did! Thank you so much Joan for posting this - I have one question to be sure I understood it right. The numbers are toward the outside of the bag...right? blessings, marlene

Brenda said...

Cute idea. I would never have thought of it.

Linda said...

a friend gave me one of these bags...they are so cute, now I can make them for my friends!

Wendy said...

Wow, this is an awesome idea! I have got to try some. Now... to go steal a tape measure from the hubs....

Judy D said...

I can't wait to make a bunch of these this weekend! Perfect for my gift basket! Thanks bunches. :)

Dorothy Thornton said...

I love it. I was looking for something to put my gifts in for family members. These will be great. Thanks and please pick me!!!
:)

Cindy said...

Love the bags! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I'm going to have to rummage around the garage for an old tape measure. I bet there are several out there!

Marjorie said...

Oh...wow...one more thing to add to my to-do list. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sewn With Grace said...

I have wanted to do this for a long time but am scared I will cut myself on the tape. So glad to see how you did it in the tutorial so I don't hurt myself. I need to go buy those tapes now!

Marie said...

Count me in - I need to examine my prize to see how it is going to work before making more.

Patty said...

I was reading and thinking that I wish someone would make me one. Yeppy I will take it off your hands. Thanks

Dolly said...

Very clever ! And perfect timing as we're all looking for little things that make up quickly. Hmmmmmm.......I wonder if there's a tape measure I can confiscate around here !

Hope I win YOUR bag ! Thank you for the tute ~

Kathy said...

Thanks for this great tutorial - it's very timely for me! I had already gotten a tape measure to use for this, but wasn't sure how to approach the rest. Now I know - I think this may be a snowy weekend project!

Terry said...

Thank you so much for this post! I've been wanting to make some of these bags but I didn't know how. Now I do, thanks to you! And thanks for the sweet giveaway toO! :0)

Kathleen said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial...it is great...I just may go to the $ store and get a measuring tape...I love bags and I wanted to make a few for Christmas gifts...
Merry Christmas..

Stray Stitches said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm off to look through my husbands tools for an old tape measure!

timandkaren said...

Thanks! I hope to make a couple before Christmas!

A Girl said...

I love that you used (stole) your husbands tape measure....but i'm with your friend I would soooo put it back and see if ever noticed. Thanks for sharing!

carol said...

How fun! If my DH discovered that I had stolen his tape measure, I'd wonder what of mine I might be missing next. LOL Better I should get my own, I suppose. Great tutorial!

Laura said...

Ohhhh, please, please, please pick me. I think that is a wonderful and easy "Stash Busting" idea! I am going to try my hand at making some of my own, too.

Ann said...

These are marvelous!!! I kept reading and re-reading (cause I want to try these), but I think I need a few more pictures showing more details. Maybe I'm dense, but I cannot figure out that top part. I NEED NEED NEED that giveaway bag as an in-hand sample to examine and follow. Oh, please, please, please.

Gmama Jane said...

What a cute idea and I really Love the giveaway bag!! I sure could use it so I could actually see one made. I do better when I have an example in front of me. I'll have to come visit you at Moose Stash!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Lee said...

I was with ya through the whole post! How great is that! "snap tape" :) I think is some in my hubby's space somewhere that have never been touched! Plus I am giving all gifts in sewn bags to reuse or pillowcases!
thanks - happy hoidays.

Lisa Marie said...

What an awesome idea!! Please pick me, please. Is that begging enough?

Jess said...

Love, love, love it! What a great idea, and thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win, i would so put that to good use!

Amanda said...

Very cool! What a great use for those old worn out measuring tapes. Who knew. So creative.

Marsha said...

That is a great idea, who would have thought to repurpose an old tape that way! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

Mimi said...

I am going to have to try to make some of these - what a fantastic idea!! Thanks for the tute - it is easy to follow.

Connecticut Chronichols said...

Oh! Oh! (jumping up and down) Choose me, me, pick me. Please. I'm wondering if the dollar store carries tape measures? Hmmmm...
Sue

Jeane said...

Hmmm I am eyeing up my husbands tape measures but I think I best go to a dollar store. What an original idea and cute bag.

Jeane said...

I am a regular follower of your blog Moose On the Porch. Iam on my way to see what's new right now. Thanks for the give away.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Super cute and easy. Just added one more thing on my to-do list for Christmas.

Ruthie said...

What a great tutorial! I will be making some of these.

Kim Schafer-Jones said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to do this! Thank you SO MUCH!
My hubby just left...time to go to the garage and check for measuring tapes!

Merry Christmas!

Beverly said...

How clever! And quick and easy too. I'll have to try some of these. And your giveaway bag is adorable!

NancyB85374 said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I can see that these would be so handy for all kinds of things. I will go to the garage to look for an old tape measure right now. I would love to win the giveaway bag. It is so cute.

ytsmom said...

I love the idea, and your bags are really cute. I am going to have to look for some inexpensive tape measures. BTW, if your hubby hadn't saved the worn-out tape measure, you couldn't have used it!!

Quilt Hollow said...

I just love snap bags! Dollar store sells the measuring tapes too....less not take from hubby! LOL

Marcia said...

Unique, clever, enterprising, upcycled...How many grand adjectives do I need to use to beg to win this bag! Thank you for this lovely giveaway. psst hope my zebralongwingbutterfly image posts for you too. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Heartsdesire said...

Oh please, pick me, pick me Madame Samm. Thanks for the great tutorial for these bags. They are so cute and very handy.

jeaniebabb said...

What a wonderful idea. I can think of several ways to us these bags and the use of the worn-out tape measure is the icing on the cake...wait...I have some cake fabric over here, and some lace, and the perfect pocket fabric and over here I have...

patticakes said...

What a fun project! Thanks for the chance to win that cute bag!

Ariane said...

Wow! This is the first time I see a bag like this. I think it's socute how you sneaked an old tape measure from your husbands shop to use it. LOL!! You could just stuff a new tape measure in his Christmas stocking and he would never know that he actually needed one! LOL!!! He would just say; "you can never have too many of these! I misplace mine all the time!" he wouldn't be none the wiser! LOL!!! I'm definitely going to have to make some of these!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and thanks for being a plan B guest blogger! You would never know!! Your post is so great!! And who doesn't love a giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Anonymous said...

What a cute bag. I want to make one. Thanks for the instructions. I'd love the chance to win your bag. Koye

Lina said...

Wonderful bag!!! Now to find that old tape measure.

Beth said...

I have made some of these bags. But your bag is much cuter than mine. What a great idea to use them as a gift bag!!! Now I'm going to have to get busy & make some more. Please, please, please let me be the winner of that adorable bag!

Terri said...

These are so cute! I hope I have time to make a couple before Christmas, but my list is mighty long and there are only 15 days left.

Polly said...

Love these bags!! When my hubby comes looking for his tape measure, I'm sending him to you!! LOL Polly

West Side of Straight said...

I sure love this post, and am going to try to make one. Better yet, would love to also win one! Thanks, jo

Paula said...

Its probably to late for me to do this project before Christmas but.....I really think this will be a great project for next year. Thanks for sharing. I love this. Now to find an old tape measure!!!

Carol in E TN said...

Just love those little snap bags! Begging and pleading..........please choose me!

Quilt n Queen said...

Great post Joan. Awhile ago I bought a pattern at a quilt shop that had the tape pieces inside. Great tutorial and will be making more of these snap bags. Thanks bunches!!

Trudi said...

LOL I'm sure I can stretch to a new tape measure just for me! Especially as I can raid my stash for the rest of these great little bags. And you're right, there is still time, I feel my 'to do' list just got bigger! Great Tut, thanks for sharing with us!

Eileen said...

What a great idea! Now to snatch a measuring tape from the workshop....love the bag you are giving away - my absolute favorite colors...pick me, pick me, pick me!

Bluzbrod said...

Clever little bag! I think they would be perfect for my handbag, one for cosmetics, one for "stuff" like hand sanitizer and pills. Cute!

Elly D said...

WOW!! What a fantastic tutorial on how to make these very cute bags :) One would be great for DH to put his iPod in! (Make up for nicking his tape, LOL) Thank you so much for showing us how to do it!! (make the bag not nick the tape ;))
Oh and please please please, pick me!!! That is such a darling little bag!! LOVE IT!! hugs Ellyx

Darlene B said...

I would love to win this snap bag! I've been seeing these around, and have already snagged a tape measure from my DH (with his permission!) and just need to see the sample up close to get started!

Nancy said...

Okay, I'm begging. I would really like to have that snap bag. Thanks for the tutorial.

Michelle said...

That's really cool - definitely going to try to make some - thanks for the tutorial :0)

LindaW said...

Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win a bag! I have seen these in a blog and wondered how they were made. Great idea to use as a gift bag.

Robyn said...

Hey this is so easy and I won't have problems with tape as DH misplaces his half the time anyway so he won't know it's missing!! Hmmm...snap top Christmas stockings? I think I'd need to win that bag to stash all the little embellishments for the stockings in though :)

Patty said...

Your bags are darling. I have always wondered how to make this type of bag. Thanks for the information.

--- Ruth --- RuRebo --- said...

A wonderful idea!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great snap bag tute! Very nice, I always wondered which way the tape numbers should face. To the outside of the bag! got it.
Mary Malone
maryandruss@wi.rr.com

Anonymous said...

what if you make a long skinny bag and line it with a teflon for your curlin Iron perfect
no flap just snap!!!!

Bridget B said...

Love the clever bag and thanks for the tutorial. Would love to win the bag.

Rosa said...

Wow, such a gorgeous bags and thanks for the tutorial.Great idea!!

Shari said...

Great tut...what fun, can't wait to try making my own. Thanks for sharing!

Doris Rice said...

Thanks for the tut! I am the lucky recipient of a set of these bags and wondered how they were made. I was pretty sure I knew but was thrilled to see this. Thanks!

Carol said...

I've always wanted to make one of these snap bags....thanks for the tut!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Delightful!!! Great tute...wonderful idea to gather goodies in a special bag for a special friend for a special day, be it Christmas, Birthday, even Ground Hogs day (oops, that one's gone by)......think I will 'snap to it' and make some!

mykidsm0m said...

Am new to this and am learning quick! What great ideas! :-D

BobbinGirl said...

I came across the idea of using an old measuring tape as a snap closure on Youtube only last Friday, how spooky ! Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdfg93j72JI
It's a great idea as the tape works just as well as a flex frame

Scrapatches said...

Sew cute. Great idea and tutorial, Joan. Thanks!
Thanks, also, to Madame Samm for sharing ... :) Pat

Nancy said...

These bags are great. I started making them back in 2010 and have made several. http://tinyurl.com/yfgoznc and http://tinyurl.com/l44vqxk.
I was considering making a large one but don’t know how the tape would behave.

Carla said...

Joan is so talented and I LOVE these bags. Thanks for the tutorial. I showed my dad one and he just thought that was so ingenious. I think he needs one.... Men always like to know there is a manly component.

gpc said...

I love this idea, so clever and useful! :)

Judy B said...

I am in tape measure heaven! Thank you for the great tutorial.

Gmama Jane said...

Im so glad you reissued this jewek
l of a tutorial! I thought it was great when I read it the first time but it got filed with all the other "want to do" projects. It is such a good idea and I have lots of those tapes in Tractor Man's building...he he he he
Gmama jane

Soma Acharya said...

What a clever idea!! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

-Soma