Snappy Bags {Gift Idea}

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Snappy Bags are perfect for keeping little hands busy (they take a while for them to get open) or to hold the small items hanging out at the bottom of your purse. They use pieces of tape measure in the top to “snap” closed when you let go, so they automatically stay closed! So tricky.

To make some Snappy Bags of your own you will need, fabric (scrap or fat quarters work great), a tape measure (my husband freely handed over a broken one), and decorative trim if you so desire.

First, cut two pieces of fabric to be the same size. I found that 6″x12″ was a good size (but you can make them to fit anything!). And place them right sides together.

Then sew the ends with a 1/4″ seam.

Next, flip it so the right sides are out. Press with an iron.

Here’s the trickiest part. Take a screw driver and remove the screws from the back of the tape measure and remove the back-but be careful, the tape might go crazy once it is let free. Using bad scissors (they’ll never be the same after this) cut your tape to the length you need (5.5″ if making a 6″ wide bag) and round the corners. Then to prevent them from cutting through the fabric wrap them with tape.

Then make a casing for the tape (mine was 1″ wide) and slide the tape in. To work right, the concave part of the tape (the back of the tape measure) needs to be towards the outside of the bag.

Fold right sides together and sew up the sides. Go ahead and zig zag the edges to keep them from fraying, and then turn the bag right side out and start filling it.

I’m planning to fill some for my nieces and nephews with little treasures for Christmas! What would you gift in yours?

 

Nikkala loves to plan parties, research future purchases, read books and magazines, figure out class schedules and untie knots! Her creative and analytical sides are in a constant battle and the results are very practical projects. She loves a good deal and has an insatiable appetite for learning. Nikkala graduated from Utah State University with degrees in horticulture and business. She has also taken classes in floral arranging, cooking, cake decorating, graphic and interior design. Nikkala is mom to 2 adorable boys and baby girl she claims is the World’s Best Baby. She’s married to a geek who doesn’t understand crafting, but supports it none the less. Nikkala blogs at thecraftingchicks.com

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Coleen Bassett

Hi, it’s me…Coleen! I grew up in northern California. I am the second of four children. I went to college at Chico State where I met and married the love of my life 10 years ago. We have two wonderful, amazing, loving children! I am a bit of a crazy bike rider/barefoot runner! My favorite past time is to go for a run…barefoot! I am passionate about design!! I have been an independent creative consultant for 6 years. Someday I will travel the world and speak 7 different languages. Life is so good!

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  1. teresa posted on November 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm (#
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    LOVE this idea. These are perfect… and may be on my list for Christmas gifts… :)

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  2. Brenda posted on November 22, 2012 at 1:16 am (#
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    Ok you lost me.. Am I putting the tape on the top of the bag? And on both sides? You turned your bag right side out and pressed but after you put the tape in you said to turn right said out. I’m very easily lost on instruction.(simple minded?) Sorry to be so much trouble but I love these and want to make them and I know it’s really simple if I can get it right in my mind! Thank you so much for your neat idea and your help.

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    • nikkala replied on November 25th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Brenda! I turned them after I sewed the 2 seams at the end. And then I sewed the tape pieces in. After that I placed the ends together-right side in and sewed up the side seams. Then I turned it one last time after it was all sewn together. Hope that helps!

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  3. Mandy posted on November 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm (#
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    Great Diy!

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  4. rita posted on December 2, 2013 at 3:32 am (#
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    great idea for my kids craft stall in our village summer fete, thank you….

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  5. Evan posted on January 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm (#
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    That is a really cool idea

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 23rd, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I agree, they would really come in handy for so many things!!

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  6. Amy+Smith posted on July 20, 2014 at 11:03 am (#
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    Love Love LOVE your ideas! Fab job ladies!

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