I love reading just as much as I love sewing! I’m combining my hobbies this entire year by making a bookmark a month (with a free pattern, of course!) and sharing my reading list! You can find my reading list at the end of the blog!
I’ve used two fabric collections recently that have had beautiful gardening quotes on the selvage. I wanted to preserve them for a fun spring bookmark.
- 2 — 2.5 x 8.5″ rectangles of fabric
- 2 — 2 x 8.5″ rectangles of selvage fabric
- 1 — 1.75 x 7.75″ rectangle of fusible fleece ( I used Thermoweb Heat’n Bond High Loft Iron-On Fusible Fleece.)
Finished bookmark: 2 x 8″
Assemble the Bookmark:
1. Layer one selvage rectangle right side up on a fabric rectangle, aligning side and bottom edges.
2. Layer the second selvage rectangle right side up on the same fabric rectangle, aligning side and top edges.
3. Layer the second fabric rectangle right side down on the layered selvage rectangle, pinning in place to hold all layers in place.
4. Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave the top side unsewn.
5. Turn the rectangle right side out. Push out the corners using the eraser end of a pencil. Press the fabric flat.
6. Slide the fusible fleece rectangle inside the fabric pieces. (I pushed the fleece as far down as possible and used a pencil to smooth out bumps.)
7. Turn the open end of the bookmark in 1/4″, and press in place.
8. Topstitch around the bookmark using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This should close the open end of the bookmark.
9. Fuse the fleece in place following manufacturer’s instructions. This helps provide stability to the bookmark and hold all the layers together.
And here’s my reading list for April! All my books are packed up for our move, so I have one book from the library and the rest I’m reading on my Kindle.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
- P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy
- Digging In by Loretta Nyhan
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Thanks for joining me for “happy hour”,
What books are you reading now? I’m always on the lookout for more to add to my reading list!