Wednesday, 5 May 2010

How To: Summer Reading Bookmarks

Don't you just love sitting under a big apple tree in the summer sun and reading a book cover to cover? Oh wait... this is a mommy sorta blog - we don't have uninterrupted time for that! Instead, we have to be watching our children out of the corner of our eye while half glancing at the book. We maybe get a few pages read (or reread because we missed a bunch while the toddler was throwing mud at his sister), then we gotta bookmark our page and get on with life.

No one said that we couldn't have a pretty bookmark though! :)

I make a pile of these bookmarks to put in with orders. I think it's a nice little extra surprise. My last pile of bookmarks is down to one, so it's time to make some more. And due to the Sew Mama Sew Fat Quarter Swap, I received the perfect fabric for these bookmarks from Julie (whose blog is called Daisy Sewing) - check her out!

Lovely isn't it?

So here's what you need:
- you can make these bookmarks out of scrap fabric, or make a bunch out of a fat quarter. One bookmark is two pieces 3 inches by 7.5 (or 8 or 9 inches) You don't have to use the same fabric for both sides.
- fusible interfacing (also 3 by 7.5 inches)
- ribbon - 2 cuts (1 is 4 inches long and the other is 3 inches long)
- contrasting thread

1) Cut out the pieces you see in the above picture. Two pieces of fabric 3 by 7.5", One piece of interfacing 3 by 7.5", and two pieces of ribbon (3" and 4")

2) Place your fusible interfacing glue side to wrong side of one piece of fabric. Sandwich your two pieces of ribbon in between and fuse interfacing in place. This give a nice thickness to your marker and holds the ribbon in place for stitching.

3) Place your second piece of fabric wrong side to interfacing piece and pin in place. It's OK if the interfacing or the pieces of fabric don't match up exactly. We'll trim it down later.

4) If you have a fancy sewing machine like mine (actually it's not that fancy, but it is to me), then you can choose a fun stitch to decorate the edges of the bookmark. This is a good chance to try out some of those decorative stitches that I know you've been dying to try! I used a contrasting thread colour so that it really shows up when stitched. If you don't have a sewing machine - never fear, you can also stitch around the edges by hand. If you know any embroidery stitches, this is a good place to try them out. Leave some room on all edges for trimming.

5) Trim around the edges to make it all lined up and nice. If your pinking shears are not in dire need of some serious TLC, then use them. It looks really cool. Otherwise, plain scissors will work as well.

6) Get to your book learnin'

Some other posts in the summer sewing series:

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