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One day, as Janice Taylor, Beliefnet Blogger was negotiating her way along the rocky road to Sveltesville on her 50 pound weight loss journey, she got fed up with measuring her thighs and waist, so she got busy and found a new way to measure success!
How do You Measure Success?
To be perfectly honest, one day while standing on a plateau of enormous magnitude, I snapped. I screamed, I cried, I felt sorry for myself. The Scales of Injustice would just not budge.
Truly, is not measuring oneself a masochistic act (especially if you are doing it hourly)? Is success limited to the movement of the scale? The tightening of the tape measure?
If the thought of wrapping a tape measure around your waist, hips or thighs is just too overwhelming, why not make a groovy, funky, fun bracelet out of it?! I wear mine all the time, and it never ceases to amaze and delight!
How to Make Your Tape Measure Bracelet
black elastic thread
one needle with eye that is large enough to get black elastic thread through it
one tape measure (color of your choice, although I must say red is simply fab if you are wearing red glasses, have on red nail polish, a red shirt … go RED!)
Thread your needle with the black elastic thread; knot it at the end.
Place needled at the 1/2 inch mark and sew through, then loop the tape measure to the left and put the needle through at the 1/2 inch mark, and now go to the next 1/2 inch mark (should be inch 1) and pull through; and then up through 1.5 inch mark; and back down again at the 2 inch mark. Get it? You are looping in and out, making a ruffle.
When you get to the end, tie a knot and cut the elastic. Tie the ends together. Make a bow. Now you’ve got a tape measure bracelet! Woo hoo!!!
Consider yourself a success … at the very least you are making a grand fashion statement!!
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* One tape measure (color of your choice, although the red with red nail polish makes a lovely combo).
* Black elastic thread.
* One needle with eye that is large enough to get the elastic thread through.
1) Thread your needle with the black elastic thread and knot it at the end.
2) Place needle at the 1/2 inch mark and sew through, then loop the tape measure to the left and put the needle through at the 1.5 mark (You are putting the needle through at the 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 – inch mark).
3) Then loop to the right – putting the needle through at the next 1/2 inch mark. Keep zig zagging back and forth so the bracelet looks much like a ruffled collar. The needle is going through in the middle of the bracelet, not at the ends.
4) When you get to the end of the tape measure, tie a knot, cut elastic. Tie ends together. The bracelet slips on and off, given its elasticity.