These snappy bags are a lot of fun….the top stays shut because of the measuring tape. Â It’s almost magical!
I’ve been wanting to make one for awhile now and finally got around to it. Â For this one, I used orphan quilt blocks.
Supplies for Sewing:
measuring tape– one you can cut up!
scissors- yucky scissors that can cut metal
2 quilt blocks for the outside + 2 squares the same size as the quilt blocks OR 4- 6 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ squares
2- 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ squares for pull
2- 3″ X 6 1/2″ for the casing of the tape
Instructions for Snappy Pouch~
1) Â Cut your measuring tape smaller than the quilt blocks you are sewing with. Â Mine were cut to just under 6″ long
2) Â Snip the corners of the measuring tape with scissors. Â Make sure these are yucky scissors…this isn’t very good for them! Â You will need the corners snipped or they will cut through the casing.
3) Â Fold the ends of the casing 1/4″ and iron
4) Â Fold the casing in half and iron- repeat with second casing and set aside
5) Â Fold the 2 1/2″ squares in half diagonally and iron
6) Â Fold in half again diagonally and iron
7) Â Pin in the center of the outside piece. Â Repeat with second pull- you can sew a stay stitch if you’d like to secure them better
8) Â Pin together- right sides facing- the outside quilt blocks or squares and sew on all three sides. Â Turn right sides out
9) Â Pin and sew –seam is smaller than 1/4″– the casing for the measuring tape across the top of the bag. Â Repeat with second casing.
10) Â Pin and sew -right sides facing- the lining pieces for the bag. Â Leave an opening on the bottom for turning later
11) Â Stuff the outside piece inside the lining and pin the side seams together
12) Â Sew across the top of the bag
13) Â Pull right sides out and stuff the lining inside the bag
14) Â Slide the measuring tape pieces inside the casing- use the image below to make sure you have placed them correctly or the snappy won’t work.
15) Â Sew the ends of the casing to secure the tape inside
16) Â Stuff the casing INSIDE the bag
17) Â Fiddle with the top edge and sew a finishing seam across the top
Stuff full of little goodies!