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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tape Measure Bracelet Tutorial Inspired by Pinterest


I repined a tape measure bracelet  months ago, and just remembered I wanted to try making some myself.  I was able to make 9 bracelets with one soft sewing tape measure.
 I wish I could tell you who made the one I found on Pinterest but it's not linking to anything, and since it was something I repined from another persons board, I don't know the source.  I see there are a few different styles of tape measure bracelets on Etsy too. I added some sewing inspired Tibetan silver charms to mine, I think they turned out great.

A tape measure bracelet would make a great gift for the seamstress in your life.  It's also a nice reminder if you are trying to lose some pounds to "cut" out the junk food.  Weather you wear it because you love to sew, want a reminder to eat healthy, or just love whimsical jewelry like myself, this is a super easy and fun bracelet to own. These bracelets will be coming with me to my craft show this July.  If any are leftover from my show I will go ahead and add them to my Etsy shop.

I now have these available in 5 different colors in my Etsy shop TLC Creations. They have been one of my best sellers.


Materials Used:

2 folding ribbon clamps (I used 5/8 inch size)
1 lobster clasp
2 jump loops
flexible tape measure
1 scissor charm  or sewing machine charm (optional)

Directions:

Cut your tape measure the desired length, around 6 1/2 to 7 inches should be fine, depending on your wrist size, and the size of clasp and loops you are using. Crimp down the folding clamps to secure your tape measure using your flat nose jewelry pliers.   Add your jump loops, clasp, and charm using needle nose jewelry pliers.

Optional: add a tiny bit of jewelry glue e6000 to the ribbon clamps for extra durability, prior to clamping shut.

If you decide to make one, I would love to hear about it in a comment below. I would also like to know if you have been making anything seen on Pinterest lately?

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49 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I love the lobster clasp you used. I would also love for you to link up to my Linky Party via http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/live-linky-party-11.html

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  2. Mindie....that may be just about my favorite project of yours to date!! I love those!!

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  3. I love yours!! I agree with Danni, that's got to be one of my favorites! Well, except for Mary Poppins! Lol! By the way, I'm working on something using your printable. Can't wait for you to see it!

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  4. This is so cute! You are so creative!

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  5. Hi Mindie,

    Your measuring tape bracelet is the coolest.

    Dee

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  6. This is SUCH a sweet idea! I like the pink tape you chose too. =D I wonder, would this work with a decorative ribbon or a zipper as well? Ugh the possibilities! If you get the chance, I'd love for you to share this on Sweet Sharing Monday! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-2/

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  7. Cute!! I shared it:) (and I'm a new LF follower) Great blog...will visit often:)
    http://www.sewanddipity.com

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  8. That's very cute, but 6 or 7 inches is awfully small for most wrists. I would do 8 inches to be on the safe side.

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    1. Most bracelets are 7.25 inches long. Keep in mind the clasp and loops are going to add over an inch in length. You could always add extra loops if needed to extend size but once you clamp down your folding clamps its very hard to open them back up. I know I made one with 7 inches and once the loops were on it slid off my hand which is large. I have huge hands for a girl.

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  9. love this! thanks for sharing!

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  10. omg, this is darling!!! I love it and I'm going to make me some too...so please pin yours on Pinterest, then I can pin yours with directions!! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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    1. It should be pinned on my board already, LOL

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  11. This is sooo cute. I love it and would love if you shared it on my link party.

    http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/show-off-monday-3-and-craft.html

    ~Taylor

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  12. Another fun tutorial! I will share and link back in a future post so others can come visit!

    www.beadinggem.com

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  13. These are so stinkin' cute!! I want one now!! Where did you get the charms you used? I'm pinning and sharing on my FB page! I sure do hope you end up selling these in your Etsy shop!! :D

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  14. So cute! I love that it's pink. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

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  15. These bracelets are so very clever! I pinned it too ...

    :)

    Linda

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  16. Love this!! I would love for you to link it up at Fantabulous Friday#10 going on now! Linking up enters you for a chance to win free ad space on my blog for the month of May! Hope you'll swing by for a visit!

    http://www.littlebeckyhomecky.com/2012/04/fantabulous-friday10/

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  17. These are too stinkin' cute! Would love if you stopped by and linked up to the Pomp Party!

    http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com/2012/04/pomp-party-15.html

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  18. Love love love!!! I've gotta try making some of these! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  19. So cute!!! You did a great job!!!
    I'm a new follower from Country Momma Cooks's Link & Greet! :-)

    I invite you and your readers to come on over and add your link(s) to my very first lil' Blog Hop! :-)
    I look forward to seeing y'all there!
    ~Susie~
    http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-first-blog-hop.html

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  20. I like your bracelt better than the pinned one . . the charms just set it off!

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  21. I love this idea. What a cute bracelet. My sewing friends would love this.

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  22. I love this bracelet!!! TFS!! Stopping by from Show and Tell Saturday linky party and your newest follower.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/04/another-coat-for-holly.html

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  23. These are so cute. I really like the little sewing charms on them too! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you there next week!

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  24. Hi Mindie! I love this idea!! Thanks so much for posting at my Link Party. Hope to see you back again next week. Enjoy your day!
    Annemarie

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  25. Tres cool, girl! I think I will have to share this with someone who loves to quilt. :)

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  26. So cute. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Sunday Round Up Link Party.
    See you next week,
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  27. I have pinned that same bracelet! I just haven't made one yet.. Love the charms you choose.
    Thanks for sharing at Sunday Round Up.
    xoxo
    Heather

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  28. This bracelet is adorable - the perfect mothers day gift for a sewing or crafting mama!

    We'd love to see this post linked up at out Beautify It Monday link party open now!

    -Four Sisters
    BringingBeauty.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh your tape measure bracelet is really cute. Very creative. I love the clasp that you used. Thank you for sharing.
    Linda @ MixedKreation.com/blog

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  30. Darling! I just love this! With Mother's Day just around the corner this would make a perfect gift! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. These are just darling! how fun,...
    Lina

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  32. Hi Mindie! Congrats!! I am featuring you in my I Love Fridays link party. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button :)

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  33. Thanks for linking up this cute project @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)

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  34. Congratulations this post is being featured @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party tonight.......sneak-peek on my Facebook, g+, twitter and pinned on pinterest.

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  35. I LOVE THIS ! I have pinned it and am going to try one for my mother the seamstress for Mothers Day! Thank you for sharing your sensational idea!!
    http://fireplacedecorating.blogspot.com/

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  36. Nice idea. I never thought of having a tape measure bracelet. That is a cute idea. Your clasps look fine. I may add some glitter to the bracelet. Thinking of adding few beads ... Sure, a project for my upcoming blog posts.
    http://www.bindu.ca

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  37. Super cute! I've seen that bracelet floating around Pinterest, too, and have always loved it. I really like your addition of the sewing notion charms!!

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  38. These bracelets are just tooo cute!!! I think I will make myself one and sew on a few of my buttons.

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  40. Thank you, I saw the same post on Pinterest and was dismayed that it didnt link to anything.... I will like my pin back to you..

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  41. Awesome collection Nice one ....
    Thanks for sharing...
    Cheap Bracelets

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