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Fabric Boomarks

I love reading. If you have seen past posts then you might have noticed the one the features part of my “library.”

I also am always trying to come up with way to use leftover fabric. There is a whole tote box in my basement with all kinds of fabric in it waiting for their chance to become something fabulous.

In a moment of inspiration I thought that I might like to create some bookmarks from leftover materials. I have fabrics pieces left from the quilt projects, the curtains and the pillows.

I'm using fabric scraps from previous projects to make bookmarks.

Here what you will need:

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Fusible Interfacing
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Tracing paper
  • Paper Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Fabric glue
  • Paper plate

To get started I looked at each fabric to decided on what areas I wanted to isolate. Once I knew the features or images I wanted the bookmark to have I cut the fabric out using fabric scissors. In order to make sure the edges were square I used my cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter.

After cutting out the fabric segments it's time to square them off.

I cut a front and back pieces for each bookmarks. These are all the fabric pieces that I chose to have as standard rectangular shaped bookmarks.

With the pieces squared, they are ready to reinforce with interfacing.

For variety I took the tracing paper and a pencil and drew out two designs to cut from the remaining two fabrics. One is a dog paw and the other is the part of the Starfleet logo.

The fabric can be cut to any design. I'm using tracing paper to draw out some shapes.

After cutting out each design, I pinned them to the area of the fabric that I wanted to use and cut out a front and back piece for each.

To give the bookmarks more stability and make them more stiff, I added some fusible interfacing. Make sure to follow the directions for your specific interfacing, these will come with it in the package or as a small wrap around if you purchase the interfacing by the metre. Depending on how many you aim to make, you won’t need much. I used approximately 19 inches (1/2 meter) of interfacing. Keep in mind interfacing is not as wide as the standard width of fabric is.

The pieces have been pinned to the interfacing and are ready to cut out.

With all pieces pinned to the interfacing, it’s time to cut them out.

Keeping the pins in place, the cut out pieces can be ironed to start the bonding.

The next step is to iron, the interfacing instructions told me to keep the items pinned until I had run the iron around the edges. Next with pins removed and the right side up, I had to place a damp cloth over the fabric and keep the iron on it for several seconds. Then it was time to remove the cloth and iron directly on the fabric.

I put the wrong sides together of each bookmark and pinned them in place, then ran each one through the sewing machine.

As not each front and back matched up exactly, I used fabric scissors to trim the edges up. Then to keep the rectangular bookmarks from fraying I went back and used the pinking shears to finish off the edges.

To keep the definition of the shapes, I didn’t want to use the pinking shears. Instead I got out the fabric glue and a paper plate. I poured some glue out on to the plate and dipped the edges of the dogs paw and the Starfleet logo until the entire perimeter had been covered. I dipped the edges in just enough to coat them. Then I left them to dry overnight.

Here are all the finished bookmarks.

"Back" of the bookmarks.

Is anyone reading something right now that they are really enjoying? I’d love to hear about it.

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