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! This month, I turned my love of English paper piecing into a cute hand-pieced bookmark.
- 8– 2.5″ squares (I used four sets of two matching squares so the front and back of my hexagon would be the same.)
- 8–1″ paper hexagons (these are the ones I use)
- Fabric glue pen (see my review of a few glue pens here)
- Cotton thread (I personally love Aurifil’s 50 weight in a neutral color.)
Finished bookmark: 2×7″
Assemble the Bookmark:
1. Position your paper hexagon in the center of your fabric square.
2. Cut the corners of the square off, leaving approximately 3/8″ of fabric around the paper hexagon. (I don’t use a ruler, and just cut roughly the right size.)
3. Use a fabric glue pen to put a thin layer on the top side of the paper hexagon.
4. Holding the paper hexagon in place, fold the top side of the fabric hexagon down tightly, so the glue holds it in place.
5. Continue putting glue on each side and folding the fabric over all the way around the hexagon.
6. Repeat steps 1-5 to make 8 total fabric hexagons.
7. Arrange four hexagons for the front of your bookmark in a row.
8. Align the first two hexagons right sides together, aligning all the sides and corners. Take a length of thread and tie a knot in the end. Sew the hexagons together across one edge using a whipstitch. Make sure not to sew through the paper pieces, only the fabric.
9. A whipstitch involves doing a stitch from front to back, then moving to the side slightly and taking another stitch from front to back. You’ll have tiny stitches all the way across one side. When you reach the end, tie your thread off and knot it.
Here’s how I hide the end of my thread. I tie a knot as close to the fabric as possible, then pull the thread through the fabric and trim the thread to hide the tail.
10. Align the third hexagon right sides together with the second hexagon. Sew together in the same manner.
11. Sew the last hexagon on in the same manner. Here’s what your finished bookmark front should look like. I used a neutral thread and close together stitches to make sure my thread was barely visible.
12. Repeat steps 7-11 to make the bookmark back. (If you want your front and back to be the same, make sure your hexagons are arranged in the same order.)
Here’s what the backs look like. For this project, I’m leaving the papers in to give the bookmark thickness and stability. Most paper piecing projects call for the papers to be removed.
13. Put the bookmark front and back with wrong sides together, with matching fabrics together if desired. I use small craft clips to hold the pieces together.
14. Whipstitch all the way around the bookmark to finish it.
And here’s my very small reading list for October!
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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!