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

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10 comments on “Snappy Bags {Gift Idea}”

  1. LOVE this idea. These are perfect… and may be on my list for Christmas gifts… :)

  2. 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.

    • 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!

  3. great idea for my kids craft stall in our village summer fete, thank you….

  4. That is a really cool idea

  5. Love Love LOVE your ideas! Fab job ladies!

  6. LOVE this idea! Obviously stands the test of time seeing as I’ve just discovered it via pinterest and it’s very much something I’d like to try now!

  7. I just made six of these, and they turned out awesome!! Thank you for the great idea and tutorial.

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