Just a quickie for Fabric Friday this week that combines my love of fabric with my passion for reading.
Bookmarks are fairly easy to create and involve some very basic skills. In this post I’ll give you a very basic overview as to how I create mine to give you a jumping off point in case you wanted to have a go yourself.
Tools/Materials are quite basic – some fabric, thread, a sewing machine (or you could hand sew these) and pins. I also used some scraps of fusible stabilizer to give the bookmarks “body” but you don’t have to.
The method of construction is very simple and very similar to the first stages of the fabric bowl from the last Fabric Friday post.
First, cut two equally sized rectangular pieces of fabric. The length is up to you but as a general idea you should aim for about a 2 inch wide strip; this will give you a 1.5 inch wide bookmark when complete – you can of course vary this.
If you are going to use fusible stabilizer, add to the backs of one or both pieces of fabric at this point.
Place the pieces right side together and sew around the outer edge, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and leaving a 2 or 3 inch gap along one of the longer edges.
Turn the piece right sides out, clip the corners, press and then stitch around the outer edge with a scant seam allowance. Using a zip insertion foot is good for this as you can get very close to the edge as you can see here.
Alternatively you can use a fabric glue to close up the gap if you didn’t want any stitches showing.
That’s it, you’re done.
Decoration and/or attachments are done at various stages.
I’d suggest that decoration that involves the application of colour in any way (painting, stitching, stamping etc) be done before cutting/stitching. This keeps the surface of the fabric flat which is easier to work on and allows you to pick out part of a design, for example if you were to tye dye your fabric or something like that.
You can of course add things such as heat fusible appliqué after the piece has been stitched but if you want to add stitching to the design, you’re again better off doing it before cutting/sewing up.
Here are a few that I made the other day, just to give you a flavour.
First, a group shot – smile :)
Next a little look at each bookmark.
Now, apparently this little fella didn’t make it into the group shot – perhaps he was shy or just flew off to get a biscuit or something – who knows – but anyway, I made him by hand stamping the design onto fabric using Versacraft inkpads and then heat setting the design with a hot iron before cutting out and sewing.
I got this text script fabric from e-Bay a while back and have been looking for an excuse to use it – how perfect is it as a book mark?! This time I glued the gap shut, rather than top stitching the edge.
This blue fabric has appeared as a shopping bag before but I noticed that it had a section of the design that would work for the long rectangular shape of a bookmark, so a snipped and stitched and hey presto – fabulous!
I added the eyelet with the intention of hanging something from it, but I haven’t decided what yet.
For this pretty pink and burgundy number I took quite a muted background fabric and added the stitched leaves with a decorative stitch from my sewing machine. I did it in two colours (not sure that you can make out the darker one though).
The finishing touch was the bow – oh, I should say that the loop was added whilst stitching the bookmark together; I trapped it in the seam so that when it was turned right sides out it was sewn in. I used fabric glue to actually add the bow itself.
The end. Lol!
So, yeah, I said that this one was going to be a quick one – lol! This is good though as time is often short and these little things take very little time to put together, you could even have a few made as gifts in an afternoon.
Oh, I almost forgot, I clearly had to make one to match the Gentleman Crafter ethos now didn’t I?
Thanks for reading and I hope that you’ll give this a go sometime in the future.
Feel free to share the love by posting your makes on social networks along with a link to this blog post (if you would be so kind).
You know the drill by now – any questions or comments about this then please feel free to use the comments box at the bottom of the page. Maybe even let me know what you are reading at the moment, the book in these photos was from Dean Koontz and is called “Innocence”.
Anyway, I’m offski for now. Take care of yourself and see you again soon.