Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Hi Knitters,
I love to stitch. I would like to find the time to do a lot more of it. Quite awhile ago I bought a bunch of wool felt bundles from here. I haven't had time to dive into this beautiful felt until this morning. I wanted to make a simple cover for one of my tape measures just for the pure fun of it.
I used the bottom of my Yoplait yogurt as a pattern to cut out the circles. I cut a 3/4 inch strip to run along the side of the tape measure, leaving an opening for the tape measure to pull out. I grabbed a few colors of embroidery floss. With no plan in mind I just started stitching. Circles flew off my needle.
I whipstitched around the edges to hold the pieces together. I used a button that recently fell off of my peacoat for a pattern for the felt button on the end of the tape measure. I used backstitch to make the circles. Backstitch is so good.

That's that! What a fun little, simple project to start my day. Sometimes I need a quick break-y break to rejuvenate my knitting. I always feel refreshed after making something that's not knitting for a bit.

You should make one or two of these. I am definitely making a few more and giving them away as gifts. 

Happy Tuesday! It's raining and cold here but I am determined to get the most out of this day anyway. It will all have to be from the in-of-doors:)
best, susie


Anonymous said...

That is so cute and such a terrific idea! I am going to have to make one for my own tape measure. I just love making quick things like this. Did you do anything to make sure that the cover doesn't move around as you are trying to use the tape measure? Thanks! Jean

Susan B. Anderson said...

No, I didn't do anything to secure it inside. It is pretty stable inside. I made the felt button on the end of the tape measure bigger than the opening so that keeps the end on the outside.

Good luck,

Deb said...

What a great idea! So cute and colorful! I'll have to add this to my ever growing list of projects I want to do.

Kim said...

What a great idea! I love your color choices too.

CT said...

where oh where can I get retractable tape measures so I can make some like yours!?