Friday, June 21, 2013

Ribbon Bookmarks

I bought this awesome swirly grosgrain ribbon from Michael's in the Dollar Bins last year.  I thought it was cool, but I had no idea what I'd use it for.  Bookmarks are perfect. I've been on a reading binge lately (all fluffy YA novels--delightful summer reading), so I knew I'd put them to good use.

I started out by measuring the lengths on a trade paperback and a mass market paperback to get a couple of different sizes.  I wrapped them around each sized book and just snipped them when the ends met.  The next time I make these bookmarks, I'll probably cut them just a bit shorter to allow for the stretch of the hair tie.

I folded over the raw end that was going to get a button later and double stitched it.  Then I moved on to the side with the hair tie.  I folded over about an inch of ribbon and pinned the hair tie in place.  Then I sewed with the presser foot right along the pin.  Then I pulled the pin out and sewed again with the presser foot up tight against the hair tie.

When it was done sewing, I trimmed the edges of the ribbon and used a lighter to melt them so they wouldn't fray.  If you wanted to sew a little less, you could even just carefully melt the end that gets the button and call it good.

I picked out two large buttons from my stash.  Since I wanted to recycle the buttons, I had either brown or black to choose from--so I went with black.  I sewed the buttons on by hand and I was all done. Super quick and easy.  Time to go read!

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