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Metal tape measure for closure on a bag (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: RadarRadiance
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Posted on: 3/28/10 11:00 AM
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At club many of the gals have made bags and purses and use the dollar store metal measuring tapes to use for a snap closure and they work GREAT! This would take the place of buying a steel purse closure frame.
I haven't seen this tip posted and it is really a cool closure, your bag looks very professional and snap shut.
You buy a metal tape measure, cut to length (for each side) and round the ends, and then insert the tape measure into the casing. It is recommended to duck tape the ends to keep it from cutting your material.

The numbers should face the inside of the bag on both sides and you have a great inexpensive little snap closure.
One comment below thought the numbers went the other way, I will double check next time I go to club. I thought they said inside but will check to be sure. Just be sure to make sure your casing snaps shut :)
HERE IS ANOTHER LINK: ...this link does have stip by step instruction and shows the tape with the numbers going to the inside. Another tip is make sure the tape measures 3/4 to 1 inch wide and if it is too flimsy or cheap to double it up. :)

This could be used for any little pouch, quick make up bag, larger purse, etc. One of the gals who made a larger bag doubled her tape measure to make it heavy duty, I guess it depends on what size tape measure you find.

I googled this technique to see what I could find to help give a better idea and this link shows a bag style that this can be used with.....:)

The camera above has one link and here is another one telling about this:

It really does snap shut :)
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Linda Mae said...
Great idea and very cheap if you buy at dollar stores. It's good to see products that are inexpensive used this way cause if you go to the fabric store, all the purse parts are expensive.
3/28/10 2:23 PM
kws said...
That sounds neat
3/29/10 8:28 AM
quathy said...
great idea! I wonder if you could also use a little magnet on one side for closing the bag. I'll have to try it one of these days.
3/29/10 2:22 PM
petro said...
I love this tip, it means you are not limited to the size of opening by the products available.
3/30/10 4:52 AM
justgail said...
I've been trying to find closures of this type, thanks for the hint. I must now say "Rats!" as I recently threw out a tape measure that was broken.
3/31/10 2:29 PM
Leslie in NZ said...
Thank you for this tip. I have made a tote that "caves in" at the top edges. I think this might be an excellent way to stiffen the top edge. I won't use it to close the tote, because it has a zipper, but I think it will make an excellent stiffener.
4/4/10 1:24 AM
Laura O said...
I recently used this method on an evening bag wristlet and it worked perfectly. And for some reason I thought the numbers faced outward, but don't quote me on this, try it out first!
4/6/10 10:24 PM
RadarRadiance said...
Thanks Laura, I will double check on this, too.
4/8/10 9:09 PM
koffeegypsy said...
I can't get to this link: States I have to be an invited reader and gives no contact infomation :(
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