Monday, August 5, 2013

Going to great lengths for crafting supplies

I never seem to have enough binding.  Of course I could always cut my own, but I'm always looking for ways to avoid that. Then, I came across a shoe box full of tape measures at the swap meet this past weekend.  This was a total impulse buy.  Not sure it will actually work for a binding.  Being pretty stiff and not cut on the bias, they will most likely be difficult to maneuver around tight corners.  So, now I turn to my crafty friends to help me make use of them.

There are two different styles.  One one the numbers are vertical, while on the other they are horizontal.  And, they are oddly folded over and stitched so that it's double-sided.

I've been wanting to sew a corset for some time now, and I originally thought this would be great to bind the edge.  But, maybe it would be better suited to trim a skirt hem?  Guess I'd know the exact yardage of a 20 yard skirt.  :)  Whatcha think?

Any other ideas what to use them for??  I've got WAY more than I can use.  There's about 100 yard long tapes in the box.  I don't think there is any way I can use them all, even if I tried.  Please help a crazy crafter out.  I'd love to hear any thoughts.   :)


Heather M. said...

That looks like a great find. What about using them on a corset? Are they heavy enough to use them as the boning channels? Or just as a decoration over the channels. For something funky and different.

mieljolie said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Heather! I'll have to do some test. See if these will be sturdy enough, but not too stiff and unforgiving. Wish me luck. :)


Violet von Mickelsburg said...

Whether it would work as corset binding or not would depend on the shape of the corset. An fairly straight topped underbust would probably be ok. Any curves would be a problem since it's not bias.

It would well as covering for boning channels, although I would probably make the channels out of whatever strength fabric I was using and cover them with the tape, for insured security.

mieljolie said...

Yeah, I have a straight slightly overbust in mind with a fairly straight bottom edge. Using it decoratively over the boning channels might be interesting. There are two style of tape. On one the numbers run vertical, which could be used for the boning channels, and the other horizontal, which could be used for the binding.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Anonymous said...

Steam punk tailor outfit? Leave them visible?

Jody said...

Maybe you could sell some of them in your etsy shop?