Hi there friends,
I’m popping in today with a super quick diy… honestly, this craft project will take you less than a 1/2 hour to complete.
What’s more, it’s made with teeny weeny fabric scraps and things you probably already have in your craft room, so if you need a quick handmade gift idea… this is it!
Many of us still read real, turn-the-page books and therefore need bookmarks.
I made these pretty shabby cottage style bookmarks with left over fabric scraps.
For these ones I used scraps from my Tanya Whelan Rosey fabrics in pink, aqua and mint that I got from my friends at Shabby Fabrics.
The following instructions are just a guide.
What I love about these free motion stitching projects is the freedom to just create. No plans, measurements or rules… just have fun and wing it!
Fabric scraps, muslin/calico fabric for base of bookmarks, fusible webbing, eyelet for each bookmark and DMC cotton in a coordinating colour.
Iron, sewing machine and normal sewing supplies.
Striped bookmark: for this bookmark I used a calico base 5cm wide x 15 cm high.
1. Iron fusible webbing onto the back of some smaller fabric scraps, then cut out rectangles that are 5 cm wide and varying heights; mine were 1 cm, 1.5 cm and 2 cm.
2. Iron these patches onto your calico base (as above) and then using a decorative stitch on you sewing machine, sew a seam where the fabrics meet – see my faux patchwork tutorial. To edge the bookmark I applied a free motion stitch in a coordinating coloured cotton.
3. To make a pretty hanger to attach to the bookmark, I chose a flower print fabric and sandwiched a piece of fusible webbing between two layers of the fabric. Using the same cotton as I edged the bookmark in, I free motion stitched a circle around the flower motif. Leaving a 2mm allowance outside the stitching, I cut the circle out with sharp scissors. It’s not perfect, but that’s what adds to the charm of the shabby look.
House bookmark: for this bookmark I cut a strip of calico 5 cm x 30 cm and folded it in half so that is ends up measuring 5 cm x 15 cm.
1. Nothing was measured or drawn up for this house bookmark. I simply ironed fusible webbing onto the backs of the fabrics and cut out shapes.
2. For the roof I trimmed the top section to taper in at the top after I had ironed on the fabric patch. The folded fabric gives the bookmark more weight, but it is optional to decorate the back. I chose to make it double sided.
3. When you have all your elements ironed on, use a free motion stitch in brown cotton and outline all the areas. Then, fold the fabric back in half and stitch the final perimeter outline through both layers.
I made the heart the same way as I made the flower motif, by wedging two pieces of fabric together with fusible webbing and free motion stitching a heart shape and then cutting out.
Attach eyelets to the centre top of each bookmark… as shown above.
Thread a piece of 6 strand DMC cotton on a needle and insert through heart or flower shape. Knot cotton and attach to bookmark through eyelet.
There you have it… a super quick and easy handmade project which is the perfect accompaniment to a gift of a book, a book gift card…. or just for yourself!
My friends and family always tell me I’m difficult to buy for, but I’ve been telling them for years that I love books and therefore I’m always happy to receive a book gift voucher…. and it’s even better now that we can shop online.
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