I've been defeated by a tape measure cover. I simply couldn't turn a half inch tube. I did give it an honest try, working on it for an hour. Frankly, I'm not sure it's possible. I'm going to skip it for now and work on the projects that I had planned this week, and possibly return to it over the weekend. Or maybe burn it in a spectacular way.
Some ways to cover a tape measure:
Fabric tape measure cover (PDF)