Monday, October 26, 2009

Fabric Bookmark Tutorial...

Kassidy wanted to make some bookmarks for her friends...on our "Sew Night" last Wednesday, she went through her basket of fabrics that she has been collecting and chose some fun prints that she thought would make cute bookmarks. This is a great way to make use out of leftover 2 1/2" strips or try using leftovers from a favorite jelly roll project.
if you want to make some, this is how we did it....
You will also need
pinking shears,
Pellon that is fusible on one side,
Ribbon to match fabric.

You will use 2 fabrics , one for the front of the bookmark and one for the back and 2 pieces of pellon for each bookmark. Cut them all 2 1/2" x 7" long.
Also cut wider ribbon about 3" long and narrow ribbon 2 1/2" long.


Press the pellon onto the wrong side of both the front and the back of bookmark fabric.


Place them Pellon sides together.



Trim the TOP ONLY of the front and back of bookmark while sandwiched. Trim with pinking shears. You will only be able to do this step now before you insert ribbon between them and before stitching edges.


Layer the narrow ribbon on the wider ribbon with the bottom edges even. Center ribbon layers about 1" down on the pellon side of bookmark back.


Place the bookmark front over ribbon and bookmark back and pin into place. Make sure that your pin goes through the ribbon to hold it into place while stitching.

Also pin the back and front of bookmark together at the bottom.


Here is Kassidy stitching the front and back together....she used the edge of the zipper foot as a guide for her seam allowance which is slightly larger than 1/4".

This is what the front looks like when stitching is complete.

This is the back.


Now trim the remaining three edges of the bookmark with pinking shears.



Fabric all trimmed .....


Now trim the ribbon.......

Bookmark complete! Easy peasy...fast & fun...what's not to like?
A cute gift for all. Tuck inside a fabulous book or even coordinate fabric to go with the book style or content....

Here are the bookmarks that Kassidy made .....she made 2 out of each fabric combo for a total of 10.
The following pics are the back and front of each bookmark.











Kassidy and I hope you have fun on your "Sew Night" with these quick little bookmarks....... if you decide to give them a whirl!



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16 comments:

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I love making bookmarks and yours turned out great! Love the colors :)

Sweet P said...

Oooooo . . . pretty bookmarks. I'm so happy you posted a tutorial. I want to make some as Christmas gifts. I'll share photos when I get them done.

Miss L's Craft Room said...

Awesome idea! Kassidy did a great job. I will be making a few of these for sure.

Nedra said...

I think it's so wonderful that you spend a night each week with Kassidy, just sewing. What great memories for both of you.

jaybird said...

what a cute & simple project!! perfect for last minute favors!

Loralynn said...

Great project! Looks like the perfect one for my Daughter to learn on her new sewing machine. Tell me though, since she's 8, how Mom doesn't worry about little fingers becoming part of the project??? :o)

Carin said...

Darling and what a great idea!

Janice said...

Thanks for this, great idea.

Kim Walus said...

What a great quickie project to do with your daughter. I love it!!! Hope all is going well. Hugs!

Jan said...

Her friends are gonna be sooooo excited! She did an outstanding job and I love her fabric selections! She's such a sweetie :)

Sandra said...

Oh! These are adorable! I'm definately making some of these!

belinda said...

These are w-a-y cute Kassidy!!! You have a good 'flair' with coordinating your fabrics!!

Uhhhmmm....do I see some 'funky'
painted thumb nails there????

Rae Ann said...

Great job Kassidy! What a fun project to make for your friends. You have such a fine teacher.

Rae Ann said...

Great job Kassidy! What a fun project to make for your friends. You have such a fine teacher!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Another great great idea! I was thinking of you yesterday when I looked at my applique and admired the near perfection. I'm getting closer to having my things look like Lori's! I thought.

Lorena Spain said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial, my 7 year old girl and I made some for her 8th birthday, she´ll bring them to school to share with her class, your help was everything.
Thanks again.

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