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Measuring tape goes Fab.

September 17, 2010

I long time ago  I got one of those dollar store sewing kits.  You know, the kind with 9 inches of 18 colors of thread, two white buttons, a plastic thimble and a 2 inch pair of scissors.  All totally useless.  Well, except for the button I needed to sew my shirt back together that one time.  Anyway, it also had a teeny little 27 inch measuring tape. (Twenty seven inches?  What kind of random number is that!)  Pretty useless considering I’ve got tape measure’s stashed in every drawer in my house, my purse and my car.  Yesterday during naptime I took that little blahs-ville measuring tape and turned it into something infinitely more fabulous.

measuring tape pin

Ta-da!  Useless tape measure to pretty flower pin.  Cost?  Free.

flower pin

First I cut the tape measure into 5.5 inch pieces, and then used a dab of superglue to glue them into little loops.  Then I stacked those loops  up and glued them together.  The flower center is just a scrap of a red wool sweater I bought at the thrift store last year for felting. After the felting process (wash in really hot water and dry in a hot dryer, it’s pretty complicated) it turned out to be a SUPER hefty sweater shaped piece of felt.  It’s almost a quarter inch thick!

Dear Old Navy: those red wool sweaters you were selling a few years ago are a gillion times better as felt than sweaters.  I’m just sayin’.

flower brooch

I superglued that bit of felt on the front, and then glued a pinback to the back.  I was going to add a button to the center, but I think I like it better without.  And with only five minutes of naptime used on crafty business you’d think I would have spent the rest of it doing something worthwhile.  You know, like finishing Scott’s birthday present or something.  But no, instead I  ate ice cream and checked out the interwebs.  Story of my life.  I’m going to be up late every night until Sunday to get his present finished on time.  But oh man, it’s going to be a good one!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 9:18 am

    Nice! Like it!

  2. rokonmom permalink
    September 17, 2010 12:40 pm

    To stinking cute!

  3. September 17, 2010 1:20 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you’re making for Scott but in the meantime, I say buy out your local dollar store of useless sewing kits and get busy with those flower pins. Genius!

  4. September 17, 2010 3:30 pm

    Why are you hating on my measuring tape? I use that thing all the time. Little girls are definitely smaller than 27 inches, and they tend to be who I sew for. I don’t want to know my measurements. 🙂

  5. September 17, 2010 6:22 pm

    cute little button you made!

    …”And with only five minutes of naptime used on crafty business you’d think I would have spent the rest of it doing something worthwhile. ” …

    It’s like a disease… I swear.

    So — I got three sub days lined up for October… That would probably pay for most my plane ticket out there (if I don’t spend it on something crazy, like new clothes for my growing boy). 😉

  6. September 17, 2010 6:23 pm

    Good news though — I did just figure out that I won’t be 8.75 mos. pregnant in May (OK, so maybe I was a little nervous). The stars are aligning. 😉

  7. September 17, 2010 6:47 pm


    You are so funny. I love this post. That is a super cute pin.

    xo -E

    P.S. 27″ = 3/4 yard, so a 27″ tape measure might be useful if you needed to measure out 3/4 of a yard of something. I’m just sayin’.

  8. September 20, 2010 9:59 pm

    This is SO cute! You ought to make another and turn it into a hair bow for Creamie… 🙂

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