DIY Inspiration: 10 Things You Can Do with Tape Measures

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.

 

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