so I thought it would be fun to make some fabric bookmarks, I love to read and summer is usually filled with tons of good books. I normally use a bobby pin or paint chip to mark my place, then one evening I decided to make a bookmark out of my scraps. I am going to make several versions and change up the techniques for the next few, so stay tuned because I am going to try posting a different bookmark tutorial each week. These don't take a whole lot of time and make great gifts, plus use up any odds'n'ends you have lying around:
So here it is the basic bookmark-
Scrap Interfacing- I used Peltex (it doesn't matter if it is fusible or not)
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
cut your 2 pieces of fabric to 7 1/2" by 2 1/2" and 1 piece of interfacing (I used Peltex)
to 6 1/4" by 1 7/8"
next sew your 2 fabric pieces, right sides together with a 1/2" seam allowance starting at the bottom of one long side, sew one short side and the other long side making a U shape.
Make sure to leave one of the short sides open.
Then trim seam allowance to 1/8"or 1/4" on the 3 sewn edges.
Trim your corners at an angle on the sewn short side.
Turn the bookmark inside out.
Press the bookmark flat.
Next, insert your interfacing into the casing to make a really sturdy bookmark. (*hint: you may need to cut another 1/8" off to get it to slide in)
Take the open end and fold back 1/4" then fold again another 1/4" so that it is sealing the open end. Sew the tab down along inner edge. Then topstitch around the perimeter of the entire bookmark. This creates a little edge to keep the bookmark from sliding down into the pages of the book, it kind of hooks onto the top of the pages.
I hope that you try making one and send me a link so I can check it out. If there is enough interest and you feel like making a few, I will create a Flickr group so we can see them all there. Stay tuned next week for a different fabric bookmark.
**note: I am going to be gone for the a quick four day adventure, so I will try to get some posts ready to go. Sketch Board #9 will probably be up next week, sorry about the wait and Swatch board #10 will be next week.