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Do you like these?Crochet retractable tape measure

Can you guess what they are?

Ta dah!

Crochet retractable tape measureI made these last night. I was inspired by this photo on the carinascrafts blog. She had received this lovely cat tape measure that her parents had brought back from a trip to Vietnam. What a brilliant simple idea.
Crochet cat tape measure
I bought the tape measures from ebay. A bargain at £1 each and they are of an equal quality to others I’ve used.
I used my Planetpenny stash of cotton yarn.Planet penny cotton
I bought this pack last year and love to dip into it for my mini makes.
These took around an hour each. I crocheted the back as a disc and then the front. For the sides I crocheted into the back loops of the front disc, 3 rows of doubles, leaving a gap to push the tape end through. Then with the tape measure in place I slip stitched the back disc into the front. So not even a need to hand stitch the parts together.
This is the back.
Crochet retractable tape measure
Now maybe I’ll have a chance of finding a tape measure when I need one.Crochet retractable tape measure
Have a lovely crafty weekend.

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Brilliant! I thought they were pincushions at first, but tape measures is much more exciting and interesting!!

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  2. I do like them! Very much! Oh my your planet penny stash is gorgeous. Perfect colours for these mini makes. Thanks for linking 🙂

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  3. What a FANTASTIC idea! I love them. You’re so clever at thinking cute little makes up. I also love your planet penny cotton stash!

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  4. Cheerful AND practical. Super cute.

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  5. I thought the same as Patch but love them either way. They are a really great idea. X

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  6. Very pretty. Brilliant idea 🙂

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  7. What a fabulous idea!! So much better than a plain dreary tape measure! I have a stash of planet penny too, I must dig it out…

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  8. Great idea crocheting covers for them! I had one years ago which was a mouse and often think how cute it was.

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  9. These are so pretty, and so easy to make thanks to your simple instructions. I have loads of small balls of yarn that need using up – this seems like an ideal project.

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  10. A great idea, I’m always losing my tape measures (although a small person is usually the culprit) but the covers look fabulous.

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  11. What a great idea. I was looking at some tape measures at a craft fair with felt covers, but I think yours are even nicer.

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  12. I would not have guessed in a million years. Great idea! 🙂

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  13. I’m going to take a guess at what they are before I read any further. Could they be pin cushions. Off to see if I’m right…

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    • I couldn’t have been any further wrong if I tried !!!!

      What a super idea. My mam used to have a tape measure in every one of her bags as she always said ‘you never knew when you needed to measure things’. She would have loved it xx

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  14. They are adorable and soooo clever!

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  15. Gorgeous, very clever:) wouldn’t know where to start!!

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