Saturday, October 9, 2010

Silly Little Bookmark

Sometimes ya just need a small birthday gift to let someone know you thought of them on their big day.  This bookmark is ideal for the bookworm in your life!

It's so easy, you don't really need instructions.  But just in case...

You'll need to assemble the following:
  • printable fabric
  • wool felt
  • a scrap of Heat'n Bond(double-sided adhesive stuff that you iron on - it's usually in the notions aisles)
  • thread (they don't have to match the wool or fabric)
  • twine
  • a fabric scrap
Step I:  Cruise the internet for a quote, or use the one I found "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx" and print it on your printable fabric.  I used the computer printer fabric left over from the softie flip doll.


If you print that quote on the end, you can reuse the rest of the sheet.  Kick your printer if it smudges up your paper like mine did.  (I have a rule "When the need arises, go ahead and yell at your toys.")


Step II:  Cut off the extra paper around your quote and peel the paper backing off of the printable fabric.  Mine unravelled, so I embraced the look and frayed it some more.



Step III:  Cut a piece wool.  Make it two inches longer than your quote (the picture hasn't been trimmed on the ends yet).  Cut a piece of Heat'n Bond the same size as your wool (not pictured).  Cut an additional piece of fabric the same width, but 1.5" longer than the wool piece (also not pictured - sorry :o).


Okay, so at this point I should tell you that I made this bookmark wrong.  Ideally, you should decorate the wool and then attach the fabric to cover up the messy stitching on the back.  I kinda like the look of the stitching on the back of the bookmark, so I'll give you directions to do it the way I did it.  If you want a clean finish on the back, skip this step and come back to it later.

Step IV:  Attach the wool to the fabric using the Heat'n Bond.  A.k.a.  Iron the Heat'n Bond to the wool.  Peel off the paper backing.  Iron the fabric to the Heat'n Bond.



Step V:  Sew the quote onto the wool, and then go crazy with whatever types of stitching you want.  I sewed on some twine to add a bit of dimension.  Mine looked like this:




Step VI:  Finish off the ends by double folding them and sewing them down.


Step VII:  Trim off any stray strings and admire your work!

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