Monday, November 23, 2009

Bookmark Tutorial



These bookmarks are so smart looking, and very easy to make!  Make a few at a time (like an assembly line!) and you'll have several to give as gifts.

What you need: (scraps work great!)
  • 2 fabric rectangles: 12.5" x 2.75"
  • 1 rectangle of single side fusible lightweight interfacing (I use Pellon 911 Featherweight): 12.25" x 2.25"
  • Scrapbooking charms to stitch on (optional)
1) Fuse your interfacing to the wrong side of one of your fabric rectangles as shown below: Center it horizontally, but place the bottom edge of the Pellon along the bottom raw edge of the fabric. This fused piece will be end up being your front side of your bookmark because it will have more  body to it.


2) On the piece you've just interfaced, use your ruler (a cutting mat with a grid works great here!) mark a horizontal line 2 inches up from the short end of your rectangle (see picture above).  Find the midpoint along the bottom of the short edge and mark it with a dot.  Now pay attention closely: you will draw diagonal lines creating a triangular shape. These are the sewing lines for the bottom point of your bookmark.  Connect the line from the dot at the bottom up to the spot where your interfacing edge is on your horizontal line. (see picture above)  You do NOT want that line to be drawn to the outer edge of your fabric as that is not your sewing line. The edge of the interfacing IS your sewing guide (as we'll be sewing 1/4" seams).


3) Stack your 2 fabric pieces on top of each other, right sides facing each other.  Stitch all the way around your bookmark using  a 1/4" seam, leaving a 2-3" opening for turning along one of the long sides.  *Note: You will be stitching all the way to that bottom dot on your fabric to create the point of your bookmark, though.  There is not a 1/4" seam at that bottom; it would create too much bulk for the tip when turning it. Trim/clip seams a bit as shown above, especially at corners.


4) Turn bookmark right side out. A knitting needle works wonders here to work the corners (see above).  Press with iron, turning in the open end neatly.  Pin closed if needed.

5) Topstitch around all sides of bookmark. I use approximately 1/8" seam for this. **TIP: Top stitch in a color that most closely matches the main color of your fabric. It can hide imperfect stitching, especially if you are not confident in your stitching skills, and it looks much more professional.


6) Add a scrapbooking charm, if desired, to finish it off.  I handstitched these on.  This is where you can get creative!

Great job!  Now, be sure to let me see any that you make! I'd love it!  Enjoy!



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