I made these bookmarks to giveaway as Valentines. There are a few more on my table that are half done. I used some old vintage fabric that I picked up at a thrift store a long time ago. The fabric pieces were small, perfect for accenting the canvas.
A few people are doing Valentine exchanges and I wanted do the same. I thought it would be fun to make something that you can use all year long, maybe as a marker for a project in your favorite sewing, art or craft book.
I have 6 left to exchange, so if anyone would like to make me a Valentine in exchange for a Valentine book marker, let me know and we can exchange addresses and hopefully get these in the mail before Valentine’s day. Just to clarify, I am looking for 6 different people to exchange with. Leave a comment saying that you are interested and I’ll get back to you. (thanks!)
If you’d like to make your own bookmarks, here is my ‘how to’.
Canvas (heavy cotton duck)
pretty fabric scraps
1. Cut canvas into strips about 2.5 inches wide x 9 inches long.
2. For the back, cut pretty fabric into strips,1 inch (or so) shorter than the canvas and glue to one side of the canvas using a glue stick. Iron. (This step is optional, but it does add some extra sturdiness to the book marker). The bottom inch that isn’t covered with fabric will be the fringe.
3. Fold the top into a point, glue and use paper clamps to keep in place until dry.
4. Cut a small heart (or any other shape) out of fabric. Glue into place with glue stick and iron. This just keep everything in place while sewing.
5. With your sewing machine, sew freestyle around edges. Sew around heart too.
6. Pull threads of canvas to make fringe on the bottom edge.
7. Using stamps and ink (I use versa magic inks), stamp any message you desire. I thought it would be fun to make some that said “reading is sexy”. Heat set with hot iron.
8. Give to your favorite bookish friends for Valentine’s Day.