That's right.. This nifty little pouch is kept closed with a couple pieces of metal measuring tape.
Here are the quick steps to make one.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric that will make up the front and back of your pouch. Make them about 1.5" taller than you want the final pouch.
Open up the casing of the measuring tape, be careful, you don't want the entire roll of tape to unwind. I use a rubber band to keep it together.
Cut 2 pieces a bit smaller than the width of your fabric. About 1/2" less, if you use 1/4" seam allowance.
Curve the ends of the measure tape pieces to avoid corners poking through fabric. Again, be careful of the pieces of metal you cut off, they can be sharp.
Sew a casing on the top of the fabric that would fit the measuring tape. I usually will fold in the raw edges so it looks a bit neater.
Insert the measuring tape in each casing with the concave (or number) side in the direction of what will be the inside of the pouch.
Put the two pieces of fabric, with tape inserted, right sides together. Sew down a side, across the bottom and up the other side, making sure not to sew over the measuring tape.
Clip the corners and turn right side out. It feels a bit awkward to turn over the tape but it will flip over.
And that's it. Fill 'er up:
This is filled with little plastic cars. I could hold it upside down and give it some good shakes and the opening remained tightly shut.
If you're going to use it for heavier things, just double up the measure tape for more strength at the opening.
Pretty cool, how it snaps closed huh? No? Guess I'm easily impressed. :)
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