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DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures

October 6, 2015

No, they are not just for measuring.

Feeling creative? We hope so! Why? Because we’ve got some inspiration for you that requires a bit of unconventional thinking. We’ve taken that well-known sewing tool – the tape measure – and given it a whole new personality. Ten personalities to be exact. Sure, it’s perfect for measuring things, but did you know you can use it for a variety of unique DIY projects like jewelry, gift wrap, wall décor and easy-sew accessories? Exactly. That modest sewing tool has been holding out on us. It’s reveal time!

Inspiration: Clever Things You can do with Dritz Tape Measures


DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures (make a bow) Bows. Make them to adorn gifts, to decorate with, or just for fun. Add interest by including fabric bows in the mix. Aren’t you clever?

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures (make a key fob) Fobs. A handy accessory made interesting when you include tape measure detail. Functional and fantastic!

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures (weave them) Woven accessories. Try your hand at weaving tape measures and you’ll be surprised at what you come up with. Make-up bag, coin purse, device pouch – you name it.

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures (wrap a gift) Gift wrap. Give a gift that has “thoughtful” written all over it. Your sewing and quilting friends will love!

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures (curtain tie backs) Curtain tie backs. Yes, we did. And why not? It’s as easy as it looks.

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures (coasters and placemats) Coasters & placemats. We used a zigzag stitch to sew these together in a jiffy. The ideas here are endless … belts? Bags? We think so!

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You can Do with Tape Measures Wall art. Share your love for sewing anywhere you’ve got a blank wall. Glue + store-bought burlap-covered frames = done and done!

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You can Do with Tape Measures Boxes. Get crafty. You’ll never look at standard issue wooden boxes and paper gift boxes the same way again.

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures (wristlet) Wristlet. Add a swivel hook and hang tab, and transform any basic pouch into a wristlet.

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You can Do with Tape Measures Jewelry. Wear it already. Tape measures can be sewn on, woven through D-rings, and mixed and matched with jewelry findings to create fab fashion.

DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You can Do with Tape Measures Measure fabric. Of course you can use tape measures to measure things. But get creative! This table-mounted tape measure is ideal for measuring fabrics, and it’s always at-hand.

Who knew the standard tape measure had so much personality? Put your thinking cap on and put that little guy to work – for measuring and so much more!

Got a cool idea? Share it here – we’d love to hear from you.