Measuring tape goes Fab.
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.
Ta-da! Useless tape measure to pretty flower pin. Cost? Free.
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’.
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!