|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: http://artofgreenrecycling.blogspot.com/2009/12/metal-tape-purse.html ...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 :)