do a lot of handwork while I design Victoriana
Quilt Designs quilt patterns.
I've been enjoying making my sewing space and tools
a plastic retractable tape measure that I use and now
it's functional and lovely!
Retractable Tape Measure
[my measurements are based one 2" wide]
*4½" circle of pretty feature fabric for
the large yo-yo
*2¼" circle of matching fabric for the bottom
*1¾" circle of matching fabric for the small
*2-2¼" circles of thin batting
*Matching ½" ribbon ~ 8" length
*Lace ~ 6" length*Lace ~ 6" length
*Flat button or bead that will work to 'press' the button
*Ribbon Rose [optional]
Make the yo-yo's by holding the circle wrong side up,
turn a small seam allowance forward and stitch it down
using a running stitch [*Stitches·#3a].
Hide the starting knot underneath the seam allowance.
Do not knot off the thread when you have stitched all
the way around.
Pull the stitching to gather the edge towards the centre,
until it makes a small hole.
After arranging the folds, take a few stitches to hold
it in place.
Stitch the lace and the small yo-yo in the middle of
the large yo-yo. Be sure the button or bead you choose
for the center will work to push down the button on
the tape measure.
the large yo-yo group on top of one of the batting circles
on the button side of the tape measure.
Place the bottom fabric wrong side up, under the remaining
batting circle. Hold these on the flat side of the tape
Stitch back and forth from the top and bottom covers
to hold them in place, stitching close to the edge of
Stitch the ribbon to the sides of the tape measure along
the top and bottom edges, being sure to fold the raw
ends in on either side of the tab that comes out of
You can add a ribbon rose (or an embellishment of our
choice) to the tab of the measureing tape (see below).
Tip: Make your tape measure cover to match your take
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