Friday, February 17, 2012

Easy Peasy Ribbon Bookmark Tutorial

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Having 3 sick kids is NO FUN.
Two double ear infections for the girls.
Right ear infection for Ian.

Add that to the coughing and pink eye and I'd call us a HOT MESS!
Oh, and let's not forget that I am also sick.
Yep, Zpacks all the way around.

Good times!

Now, let's get moving with this easy tutorial.
I am doing two versions.
A sewing version and a non-sewing version.

* .5" elastic, about 10"
* 5/8" or 7/8" ribbon of your choice, about 1 yard
* Pins
* Hot Glue Gun
* Sewing machine & notions
* Scissors
* Lighter
* Ruffling Foot {optional}

{Click on the photo for a larger version}

I am going to start with the no sew version which should take
all of FIVE minutes to make.
This would be a great party favor if you find character fabric!

Cut your ribbon a couple of inches longer than your book.
You will use the lighter to burn each
edge so that the ribbon does not fray.

Cut your half inch elastic 1 inch shorter than the length of your book on each end.

Using your hot glue gun,
put a big dab of glue on the end of your ribbon.
Attach the elastic to the end.
Repeat with the other side, creating a circle/loop.

Let the glue dry completely and slip that pretty bookmark
on your favorite book or give it to your favorite little reader!

Couldn't ask for a better bookmark! for the ruffled version that requires some sewing!

Cut about 1 yard of ribbon.
You will need to leave 2" on the end to sew to the elastic.
Fold ribbon under approximately 1/4"- 1/2" to create the ruffle.
Pin to hold.
{or if you are like me, I just took it to the machine and folded under as I went b/c you know I have a hate/hate relationship with pins}

Also make sure to have your elastic cut, about 1" shorter
on each end of the length of your book.

If you have a ruffling foot, you can skip the above step.

Take your pinned, ruffled ribbon to the machine.
Straight stitch right down the middle.
I used a matching thread but it would be cute to
use a contrasting thread as well!
You will ruffle enough to extend the length of your book.
Leave a 2" tail of ribbon to attach to the elastic.

Use a zig zag stitch to attach your elastic to the end of your ribbon.
Do again to the other end.

It should look like a circle/loop.
And you are all done!
So cute and perfect for keeping your place.

Put 2 bookmarks together for mega cuteness!
Or use a character ribbon such as Minnie Mouse for your
favorite little reader.
Add it to the party favor bag for a unique favor.

Now, if that isn't an easy tutorial, I don't know what is!
Please feel free to share your creations on our Facebook page.
We love, love, love to see what you come up with.
Add embellishments, a messy flower or some bling.

Make it your own!
Enjoy and Happy Friday!

PS ~ I run my half marathon on Sunday.

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