This tape measure cover/pincushion is my entry into the Pinterest contest. When I went through my boards and others, I kept coming back to two items, so I decided to combine them. My Scrap Sewing Board
I loved the tape measure holder in the upper left and I really like the little houses, intended for Christmas ornaments. I printed off the free pattern for the house ornaments and found that it would fit the medium to small size of home improvement type of tape measures. House Pattern
I used a bright yellow linen for the front and back of the house and several pieces of a charm pack for the accents. The flowers and door knob are doll buttons from my stash.
I did not use the pattern piece for the roof as I found that both roofs could be cut from one 5" charm square. I also made a house back with windows instead of just using a plain cotton. The square cut at the lower left hand side was widened to accomodate the width of the tape and the edge was finished by hand. Both the front and back were backed with a cotton batting and more was used to stuff the top. I had left the base open for turning since I wanted to insert the tape measure.
I inserted the tape measure into the bottom of the house and padded around it with the batting. I then tied a ribbon in the hole of the lip of the measure and added a button to the ribbon, for easier pulling.
The batting was trimmed from the base seam allowances closed by hand stitching. The chimmny was shortened. I did not use the fusible web mentioned in the instructions, but glued the pieces in place with a glue stick. I do wish I had used the webbing as the turning caused some fraying on the windows and door. In Use
I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out and will make more. I do think that the window is smaller than her examples and I'll enlarge it when I make it again. Now, I just need to work on the cuteness factor!