Striped Bookmark Tutorial

A simple way to use up scraps and I think mixing it with all different patterns would look awesome! I used one of my favorite color combos (also the colors from my wedding)- a bright poppy looking orange and a pool blue! I gave this little gem to my mom and it is already being put to good use!

*as a side note I love Murder, She Wrote even the books!

Materials:
Scrap Fabric
Scrap Interfacing (I used some leftover Peltex)
Thread
Iron
Cutting tool

Step 1: 
Cut the interfacing to 6.5" x 1 7/8". For fabric cut pattern/solid 1(orange) and 
pattern/solid 2(blue) into 5 pieces 3" x 2". So you end up with what is in the picture….

Step 2:
Arrange the fabric into the above pattern: alternating the pattern/solids. You end up with a front 
and a back different from each other. *note: if mixing a bunch of prints just 
arrange so that it is pleasing to your eye.

Step 3:
Next up, sew the pieces of the front together using a 1/4" seam allowance 
and press seams open. Repeat with back panel. *note: if pressing seams to one side, 
the bookmark won't end up super flat.

Step 4:
Here is what you should end up with a front and a back. You can skip ahead to step 6, 
if you don't want to add the topstitching detail. 

Step 5:
Topstitch on each side of the seams. The finished result should look like the picture. 
*note: I used contrasting thread to make it stand out a little more.

Step 6:
 Put fabric right sides together and sew starting at the left hand side (use a 1/2" seam allowance) 
around three sides of the bookmark. Leave one end open. 

Step 7:
Trim seam allowance to 1/8".

Step 8:
Clip corners at an angle.
  
Step 9:
Turn right side out.

Step 10:
Press bookmark.

Step 11:
Insert interfacing. *note: I usually fold the interfacing in half get it
in there and then flatten it out.
Step 12:
 
Take the open end and fold in the corners so that it looks like the picture above.
Step 13:
  
Tuck the ends in, once topstitched it will look nice and neat.
Step 14:
  
Topstitch around the entire bookmark starting with the open end. 
And there you have it a really fun little bookmark.  

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