More Ways with Fabric Scraps
These fabric bookmarks make perfect gifts for any booklovers on your list. They are super simple and will need very little in the way of tools and materials. The only must have is a bit of imagination. I’ve used denim for the samples however you can use any heavy weight fabric that you have.
You will need: Heavy weight fabric, ribbon, coordinating thread, assorted trims; lace, buttons etc.
Step 1: Cut 2 pieces 15cm x 5cm and 2 pieces 5cm x 5cm. Cut the ribbon into 12cm lengths (at least).
Step 2: Attach 1 Suffolk Puff to the right side of 1 x small square. Attach the remaining 3 puffs to 1 x large rectangle.
Step 3: Place 2 small squares together, wrong sides facing. Start at the star, stitch in the direction of arrows. When you reach the cloud insert one end of the ribbon between the layers of fabric and continue
Step 4: Repeat with large rectangle, inserting the other end of the ribbon between the layers as you stitch.
Step 5: Fray edges of fabric carefully.
Sample 2: I used 2 lengths of cotton lace stitched side by side onto 1 x large rectangle. I attached the daisy chain to cover the middle line of stitching. A single daisy was attached to 1 x small square. Complete as Sample 1.
Sample 3: For this bookmark I used a leftover length of cotton braid stitched in place on 1 x large rectangle. One motif was attached to 1 x small square.
Sample 4: The raw edges of a small piece of fabric were folded under before being stitched to a large rectangle.
You can also experiment with buttons, pearls, beads and sequins. If sewing seems to take too long you can use a hot glue gun to speed up the process. Have fun personalising these to your recipient and they will sure to be using them for years to come.
This post was first published here on 11th December 2011.