A fabric bookmark is a quick and easy sewing project - so much better than bending over pages to mark your place. Today's tutorial will show you how to make a fabric bookmark with frayed ends and a machine stitched flower.
- 2 pieces of fabric 9" x 2½" (23cm x 6cm)
- 2 pieces of lightweight fusible interfacing 7½" x 1⅞" (19cm x 3cm)
I used cotton fabric about the weight of quilting fabric, but with a looser weave. It's not linen, but looks a little like it. I think linen would be perfect for this project.
- Follow the manufacturer's directions and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
- Leave a gap of ⅜" at the top.
- Fray the bottom edge up to the interfacing.
I needed to re-fuse the ends of the interfacing after fraying. You could always do the fraying first, then fuse the interfacing.
- With right sides together, stitch around the two sides and the top.
- Backstitch to start and finish.
- Clip the top corners being careful not to cut the stitching.
- Turn right side out.
- Push the corners out gently. A chopstick is a handy tool to have here.
You could stop here, especially if you've chosen patterned fabric.
- Lightly draw a flower shape. My pencil lines ended up being covered by the stitching.
- Change to an open toe embroidery presser foot, as it will allow you to more readily see your stitching as you create the flower.
- Decrease stitch length. I reduced mine to 1.8. The smaller stitch length will allow you to more easily sew small curves.
- Sew a spiral to fill in the centre of the flower.
- Sew three times around the petals. You are aiming for a scribbly effect, so vary the path of the lines.
- Sew twice around the centre with a contrasting colour and then twice to form the lines in each petal.
- Sew the stem three times.
My machine has a needle up/down button and I used this a lot for the flower. If you don't have a needle up/down button, just go slowly.
- Each time you start and stop, reduce your stitch length considerably and backstitch. The smaller stitches won't show as much as larger stitches.
That's all there is to it. A super quick project you can easily make in an evening.
This cute little bookmark is another gift ready for Christmas. I think fabric bookmarks would be terrific gifts to give to teachers. Who would you give one to?
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