Monday, February 8, 2010

tutorial: bookmark this!

Hi! Welcome to my first tutorial! Forgive me if I leave anything out! Also, this is my first try with altering my photos with text, so forgive the differences in font sizes. I am trying to improve my tech-savviness so just bear with me.

This bookmark came about this morning while I was working on an order. I cut the ends off of a 2" strip I had cut to make ruffles and I was left with 2 2"x 6.5" pieces of fabric. I thought to myself, 'hey, this looks like a bookmark', and the idea just flowed from there.

I missed pictures of the very first steps, so here is how you get started:

1. Cut 2 2"x6.5" strips of your choice fabric.
2. Draw letters (inverted) on to the back side of your fabric with pen. (you can also use any shape that you want. I cut around a floral shape on one of my scraps to enhance my design a little bit).
3. (this is text on the picture below, but I wanted to type it again here as it turned out so small). Following manufacturer's instructions, iron your letters to fusible web (that you can sew on).

This is a little small too, so this one below says:
cut your letters/ shapes out.

Now you take your 2 pieces of fabric and sandwich a piece of felt between them. The felt should be just slightly larger than the edge of the fabric.

This was really easy and quick to do. It is great for a gift for a teacher or friend, or even do a manly one for your husband. You can personalize it with a name or monogram, a school logo, or any holiday or theme. Really, the possibilities are endless with this one.

This only took me 45 minutes, including the time it took me to locate my fusible web, and retrieve my camera and take photos, so you can do this one too!

**A little off subject, but something really cool of a personal nature. I had chosen in January for the word LOVE to be my 'one word' for this year. I chose it because I am always repeating the word LOVE in my head when I am feeling frustrated towards someone. It helps me remember this:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I didn't even realize when I was making this, that it was my 'word'. I was only thinking of Valentine's Day and trying to have something small to give my kids' teachers as a gesture. (remembering last year when I didn't and was left thinking 'teacher's gifts for Valentine's Day?! really??!)

But then it hit me.

This was my word.

So I'm keeping this one.


  1. Thanks for the tutorial!I have quiet a few scraps I can use for that... This is one fantastic idea!

  2. Such a great word to pick for the year.
    i love your tutorial! I might have to make one... my word for the year is "shine"... or sparkle, can't decide which...

  3. Lori...Wow...Thanks for commenting on my blog about the panic attack thing. YUCK! I hate them! I will definitely look up that musician, I am very much a music person because it speaks to my heart. Anyway, I'm delighted to see that you are also an artist. We have a lot in common. Thank you for your words of encouragement and any prayers you send up on my behalf. I had a rough go of it when my panic attacks began, too. Things are better now, good, even, but the panic has not gone away. But I'm not giving up.

  4. Love your book mark! Love your scripture too! =D
    You have a beautiful blog!

  5. Gorgeous work, loveing the LOVE book marker.

    I Just Love That Fabric.

  6. Found you through polkadotchair blog. Love your tutorial and your scripture! That exact one hangs in my kitchen! It helped me through a VERY difficult time in my marriage!