Fabric scraps are always produced in high quantity in my studio. Little bits of fabric that are left over from projects are saved in a tote... because you never know when a little fabric snippet will come in handy! For this workshop, I used fabric remnants that come from patterns that I have designed and printed with Spoonflower. I love this project because I get to keep and enjoy the color and pattern from beautiful fabrics every time I read my book. And, it is a project you can kick out in less than an hour.
All you need:
- fabric remnants
- fusable heavyweight interfacing (Pellon Decor Bond is super stiff!)
- eyelet setter (optional)
- hammer (optional)
- cutting mat (optional)
- ribbon (optional)
1. Cut your fabric remnants into long rectangles. I cut mine 8 inches long and use varying widths. They can be any size, depending on what fabric stash you are working with. I used both heavyweight home decor fabric and light-weight cotton. If you want a really stiff bookmark, try to use the heaviest fabrics you have, but either works.
2. Cut the interfacing just slightly bigger than each bookmark (no more than an 1/8-inch).
3. Place the interfacing underneath the fabric strip, sticky side facing the fabric.
4. Iron, using no steam and slow pressure. It takes about 5 seconds of pressure to adhere the interfacing to the fabric.
5. After checking that the interfacing is firmly attached to the fabric strip, trim away the extra interfacing. I do this step because it seems to make a really clean edge and prevent fraying.
If you have an eyelet-setting tool, you can add a pretty ribbon! Cut a hole using the eyelet-setting tool and hammer on top of a cutting mat, or a heavy piece of cardboard. Fold your ribbon in half creating a loop, thread the loop through the hole, and create a knot on top of the bookmark. Viola!
This workshop is incredibly flexible! Whether you are experimenting with pattern and color combinations just for fun or creating them for unique gifts for your friends and family, this small project is fun and rewarding. A few other ideas on what to do with these bookmarks: birthday party favors, donate them to the library or a non-profit reading program, or gifts for Willy-Nilly Day. Explore and share now!