Don’t laugh. This printable in our Cheat Card series is based on one of our most popular articles. Really! If you’ve been sewing forever, and work with fractions every day, it may seem crazy to you that someone wouldn’t know how to read a measuring tape. But if you step back for a moment, and look at that tape measure (or ruler for that matter) with the eyes of a new sewer, all those little unidentified marks might seem a bit intimidating. As one of our original commenters said, “Thank you so much for sharing this. I am definitely the kind of person who was too scared to ask a dumb question! You’ve made my life so much easier!” 

There are two measuring charts below: one shows an eighth inch breakdown and the other goes all the way down to sixteenths. Each chart is available in three different backgrounds.

Our Measuring Tape Cheat Card is the size of a standard business card: 2” wide x 3½” high. It’s small enough to tuck into your wallet or tack up on the bulletin board in your sewing room.

All six designs print out on one 8½” x 11” sheet of paper from which you can cut out the cards. You may want to print on a heavier card stock (80 to 100lb cover is a good option) or print on regular paper then glue that lighter weight sheet to a stiff backing material prior to cutting. There are crop marks on each card to help you get a perfect slice.

This is the second installment in our Cheat Card series. You may also want to print out the Yardage Conversion Cheat Cards, Sewing Machine Needles Cheat Card, Basic Shapes #1 Cheat Card: The Circle, Basic Shapes #2 Cheat Card: Common Straight Line Shapes, and Basic Shapes #3 Cheat Card: Common Angles. These five sets of cards are set-up on the same variety of backgrounds. Pick your favorite design and build a set, or cut them all out to share.

IF YOU’D PREFER TO HAVE JUST ONE PAGE WITH ALL SIX CARDS, WE OFFER THAT FOR JUST $1.99 IN OUR ETSY SHOP. CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO ETSY.

Is there a cheat or hack you’d like to have as a handy card? Leave us a comment below and we’ll add it to our list.

The Measuring Tape Cheat Card is available here as a .PDF file. Click the image below to download. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program. We’ve minimized the file size, but still, please be patient with the download process.

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Heather Jensen
Heather Jensen
2 years ago

Nothing shows when I open it.

Nothing shows when I open it.  I’ve sucessfully pulled up the other chet sheets, but this one is blank.

Kathy W
Kathy W
2 years ago

I can’t print these, either. 

I can’t print these, either.  I get an Acrobat error message that just says “the file could not be printed”.  I’m using Firefox on a PC.  Any ideas?

damfreez
damfreez
2 years ago

I find that if I right click,

I find that if I right click, then chose either print or save it opens. I often do not have luck by just clicking a downloadable file. 

Hope this helps.

damfreez
damfreez
2 years ago
Reply to  damfreez

Sorry, I forgot to say that I

Sorry, I forgot to say that I first use the option to open in a new tab!

Michelle Myers
Michelle Myers
3 years ago

It will not let me print the

It will not let me print the Measuring Tape Cheat Card or the Yardage Conversion Cheat Card! Totally bummed.    The only one I could print was the Sewing Machine Needles Cheat Card.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m sending these up the Pine

I’m sending these up the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation .  I belong to a group called Sew For Kids Volunteers.  They can use these with sewing machines and books and supplies we send up there.Thanks

Virginia Willis
Virginia Willis
3 years ago

I want to copy an older

I want to copy an older batiste blouse with narrow pleats.  How do I order your cheat sheet.  Do books on French sewing have instructions for narrow pleats?  I can’t find any on your site.       I’m new to your site.   

Virginia 

Kathleen Ann
Kathleen Ann
3 years ago

Love this cheater card series

Love this cheater card series! And you’ve made them so pretty too! I’m looking forward to others.

Meg Nelson
Meg Nelson
3 years ago

I know all of the

I know all of the measurements, but very good for people who do not.  And it’s cute!

Betty Anne
Betty Anne
3 years ago

This is a good idea but I was

This is a good idea but I was expecting it to be to scale…Then you could put it under the presser foot to measure  your stitch width.

Sally Walter
Sally Walter
3 years ago

Thank you!!!  I love the

Thank you!!!  I love the Yardge Conversion Card and look forward to adding this one, too!  So cute and useful!

Sandee Kustermann
Sandee Kustermann
3 years ago

i would also like a cheat

i would also like a cheat card for the metric system. I skip making things when only those measurements are given, because it takes so long to look up every one.  Thank you

Carolynanne
Carolynanne
3 years ago

What a great idea , I could

What a great idea , I could never understand the markings on a measuring tape , I always asked my son where is 7/8 of an inch etc on the tape , and I was still confused.Now I can see it for myself ,thank you 

kathntn
kathntn
3 years ago

If you had just added the

If you had just added the decimals to the fractions, this card would have been SO much more useful and way prettier than the post-it on my wall! 

MDy
MDy
3 years ago

What a great idea.  Thanks so

What a great idea.  Thanks so much for sharing.

Anoymous
Anoymous
3 years ago

Thanks so much for this. Can

Thanks so much for this. Can you now please do it in metric for your Canadian and European and Australian ( pretty much everywhere else in the world) followers??  thx

Lori M.
Lori M.
3 years ago

Thank you for the Cheat

Thank you for the Cheat Sheets…I used the Yardage set as Gift Tags for a sewing friend…She just loved them….

Annie Dee
Annie Dee
3 years ago

YAAAAY!  THANK YOU.  Love

YAAAAY!  THANK YOU.  Love these very much.  Printing now.

DebS
DebS
3 years ago

Already printed and firing up

Already printed and firing up my laminator as I type. I use the conversion chart quite a bit, so I’m sure this will come in just as handy. Fits perfectly in my purse. Thanks again, Sew4Home, for another great tool!

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you! 

Thank you! 

Kay
Kay
3 years ago

I can’t print the page. I’ve

I can’t print the page. I’ve even saved it to a file and tried to print and get an error everytime. Any suggestions?

K

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you so much!  My son is

Thank you so much!  My son is learning measurements in school and I was trying to show him what each of the lines represents but I could tell it wasn’t making sense to him.  I should have thought about something like this.  Perfect!

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