Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sassy Coin Purse with Tape Measure Snap!

My sister is in love with zebra print, when I saw these prints had the fabric store, I knew I had to make her something fun! I also have been wanting to do a tape measure project for quite a while so here we go!
This is a great project to use up your scraps, here is what you need:
  • (2) 5" x 4.5" square of fabric for main fabric
  • (2) 5" x 4.5" square of fabric for lining fabric
  • (2) 5" x 4.5" square of fusible fleece
  • Metal Tape Measure (One you don't care about too deeply)
  • Tin Snips, to cut Tape Measure
Embellishment (Borders and Ruffly)
  • (1) 5" x 3.5" piece of fabric for border
  • (1) 3" x 15" piece of fabric for ruffly
  • (1) 14" x 1.5" piece of fabric for strap
Note: I used 1/4" seam allowances on this project
Step 1: Make strap (Pic is taken from a different tutorial)
a) Press (Iron) the 14" by 1.5" piece of fabric in half lengthwise, to make a seam.
b) Open up fabric, and fold one edge of the fabric into the seam you created in the first step and press.
c) Fold the other edge of the fabric into the seam, and press.
d) Fold the fabric down the seam you made in the first step with folded edges together.
e) Sew down the sides of the straps about 1/8" in, I used my stitch in the ditch edge foot on my sewing machine because I am lucky enough to have one!
f) This is what your finished strap should look like, set aside.
Step 2: Making Bag Panels
1. Iron fusible fleece to the main outside fabric.
2. With right sides together, sew one of the 5" sides of the main fabric and the lining. This will be the top of your bag.
3. Press Down.
4. Top stitch the top layers of the bag, and from there make casing for the tape measure snap. My tape measure is 1" wide, so I made my casing just bigger, by making another strait seam about 1 1/4" from the top stitching.
You should have two panels that look like this after completing step 2!
Step 3: Embellishment
This is how I chose to embellish my Bag, but be as creative as you would like.
1. Make border, by folding your 5"x 3.5" fabric, right sides together, and sew a seam along non-folded edge.
2. Turn right side out, and press, so the seem is in the middle.
3. Top stitch the border to the front of your bag.
4. Now make the ruffle. Fold long sides of your 3" x 15" piece of fabric, right side together, and sew a strait seam on the non folded side, to make a tube.
5. Turn tube right-side out. I cheat a little and sew one of the sides closed to make it easier to turn with a dowel. When I am finished I simply cut the short sewn side, so I still have a tube.
6. Press tube, with seam in the middle.
7. Sew a gathering stitch along each side of the tube.
8. Gently pull strings to make a ruffle on each side.
9. Top stitch the ruffle on the border. I intentionally made the ruffle a little long, so you can just trim off the excess ruffle. Take out gathering seams.
Step 4: Putting it together
1. Using your tin snips, cut two 4" pieces of tape measure. Round the corners, so they don't poke through your bag and cut you. Make sure to have some duct tape or something to put over the tape measure, to stop it from sliding all the way into the hole. (Don't ask me how I know of this!)
2. Slide tape measure pieces in casing. Make sure the numbers are facing the outside of the bag, so it will snap. In the front and the back!
3. Tack your strap to the top of bag.
3. Put right side of bag panels together, and make a 1/4" seam around the edges.
4. Zig-zag around the edges to prevent excess fraying.
5. Turn right-side out! You are done!
I think it turned out so cute, I know my sister will love it... if I don't keep it for myself!

I also made one to match a purse I made a while back!
Sorry, I feel like this post is as long as the Bible! I am just learning how to make tutorials, if you have any suggestions, on how I can improve, please let me know. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, my email is ladybirdln10@gmail.com, or ask in the comment section, with a way for me to get back to you.

Click HERE to find out how you could WIN a tape measure purse of your own!

I like to link up to these great parties.


  1. This is so cute, and your directions are so detailed, love all the pictures. Can't wait to try it!

  2. What a fantasti c and cute idea! Great detailed tutorial, I can't sew but you make me think maybe I could :) I'm a new follower of yours from the bloggy slumber party.


  3. You are truly creative! Who would have thought to use a tape measure that way! Thank you so much for the fantastic tutorial! I'm off to find my hubbys tool box thanks.

  4. These are totally adorable...got your comment :)...Thank you so much and God Bless you! If you would like to email me in the future my email addy is on our fundraiser page...I may add it somewhere else to :0....I`d love to hear from you...! Thank you so much for the encouragement and help!

  5. Love your color choices! Great tute! Thanks for linking!

  6. This is soooooo adorable! Love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Hi Carlee...that is so cute. Love the fabrics and fun colors. Thanks for joining my party..have fun!!~

  8. Wow, these are so cute! I would have never thought to use a tape measure! Thanks for sharing. I'm now a follower. I found you at Debbiedoo's!


  9. OH, my gosh! I can get over how creative this is! Soooo stinkin' cute!

  10. First a yummy recipe, now this adorable coin purse! So versatile & creative. Thanks for sharing all of it at my blog bash K.I.S.S., it is much appreciated. :)


  11. via Debbie Doo, I got your fantastic blog. Love the purse and so detailed. Will follow you.

  12. These are so cute. Love the ruffle on the front and your fabric choices. What a great tutorial!

    Gail :)

  13. Love the fabric choices mixed together like that! Great idea and tutorial, details are welcomed and appreciated, makes it easier to understand. Can't wait to see what else you make!


  14. What a great project!! So original!! You have a great blog! I'm your newest follower!

  15. Using measuring tape is brilliant! Love the fabric you used!

  16. That's so cute! Welcome newbie, I was a newbie last year. I am your newest follower and I hope you will stop by and visit me.

    Susan and Bentley

  17. HI Carlee. That is awesome!!! I can't wait to try it! I found you at Debbiedoos. I'm your newest follower. Please stop by and see me if you want. www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

  18. Nice tutorial! I have a friend who is loving the zebra strip too and that's a great idea!

  19. Those are too cute! and what a well written tutorial. I'm your neighbor at Debbie's newbie party. I'm now following along.

  20. You did that all by yourself? Oh my, I never could...! Wow, great picks of colors and fabrics!

  21. I love the tip to so sew an end of a tube shut to easily turn it right side out! I've been driving myself nuts for a long time trying to slowly work it out. Thanks for the amazing tip!

  22. I love that! Thanks for your comment today! Mar @Justsewsassy.com

  23. That is such an adorable little coin purse! LOVE the Zebra print, but I love all the colors and patterns you used! :)

  24. found you on debbiedoos and am now following. hope you pop over to my blog and decide to follow. my best bud makes these and they are so cute!

  25. I LOVE THIS!!! I am new follower and would love for you to follow me back.
    Blessings, Lori

  26. Those are just too cute! Love them! Thanks for linking this up as well.

  27. Those are so cute! I would have never thought of using a tape measure for the closure. What an ingenious idea.

  28. Too cute! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  29. How stinkin creative! Love the sassy bag, and LOVE the snap! I featured you today on my bag round up :)


  30. this is so cool! i would never thought of using a tape measure in this way (or any other way besides measuring). thanks for linking this up with my Show and Share linky party!

  31. Great tutorial! I've been wanting to make one of these, maybe this will get me off the dime!! Whoop whoop!!!

  32. What a great tutorial! I have all the makings...just haven't done it yet. Does it close tight? Thanks for sharing.

  33. What a great idea! I love the fabric you chose. I'm a new follower! I also gave you an award over at my blog. Feel free to stop by and grab it! Dana @ D'Lea Designs


  34. You have such a great eye for color, pattern, and composition! I love the fabrics, the ruffle, and overall style! A wonderful addition to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!


  35. I absolutely love this, and your tutorial is superb! Thank you for sharing:)
    Shannon @shannonandtonysclutteredcloset.blogspot.com

  36. Genious idea!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

  37. Thanks for following me- Im returning the favor. I loved visiting your blog and enjoyed reading this post!

  38. This is brilliant!! What a great idea! Can't wait to try it!

    I'm a new follower!

    Hope you can stop by pandiolalane.blogspot.com sometime!

  39. Great idea! Have tried it now , several times.. some bigger for a cosmetic bag. Instructions very clear! And I sooo get that you need to tape the end of the tape measure! Oops its gone. Thanks for sharing!

  40. I don't understand about the duct tape in step 4.... where do you put it and why?

  41. so - I have done something wrong - purse turned out great but when the tapes are snapped shut coins aren't going to stay in. Doesn't matter if I have the tape in with numbers facing out or in - tried both. Out snaps but in doesn't but coins don't stay in either. Ideas anyone??

  42. Wow, I totally love it! What a fun idea!

  43. GREAT tutorial!.....such lovely clear instructions and photos!....thanks for sharing your secrets!!:).....
    have a wonderful day:))...hugs!....

  44. I just tried to make these and made two, one question.... the numbers are facing out on both pieces right? it seems right, but I still see a slight opening when the purse is done, wondering if that's right


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