Project: Snappy Bags
metal measuring tape
scissors (not your best ones, but not kid-scissors either)
rotary knives and cutting mats (optional, but very handy!)
1. Decide how large you want your bag. Everyone in our class made small-ish bags (from wallet-sized to sandwich-sized), but I've heard rumor that these clasps work even better in bigger bags (like a knitting bag!).
2. Cut out fabric (more detailed instructions can be found here and here)
3. Sew it up, but leave a sleeve open for the measuring tape. (see note above)
4. Cut your measuring tape, rounding the corners slightly and covering the ends with duct tape, if desired, to make them less sharp.
5. Decide how loudly you'd like your bag to snap (see video samples below). The louder snaps have the numbered sides facing each other. The quieter one has the snaps facing out in the finished item. They both seem to be equally secure.
6. Insert your measuring tape and sew the seam closed.
1. Measuring tapes are easily available at dollar stores, but if you already have a busted one in your stash, by all means, use that!
2. Those little corners that you cut off are SHARP! Have a trashcan nearby and dispose of the shreds immediately. You don't want to run into them later.
3. Although both of the tutorials I linked to above had frippery (ruffles, triangle "handles") plain, unadorned bags work just fine. You don't need a handle.