Make an Easy Patchwork Bookmark with Elastic and Fabric


Hey, it’s Vanessa from Crafty Gemini Creates.
And I’m here with a quick crafty project that I think you’ll enjoy, especially if
you like to read books. We are going to be working on this really simple fabric bookmark
that has elastic. So if you’re like me, I hate when the bookmarks fall out of the
books. And whether the book drops or you throw it anywhere that you want, you can throw it
in your bag to take on the airplane. It’s not going to go anywhere because the elastic
holds it snug in place. Alright so here’s what we are going to need. We are going to
be working with these really cute and fun bright colored fabrics. This is called Blueberry
Park. It’s by Robert Kaufman. And I’m going to be using the ten inch by ten inch
squares. And then we’re going to need some Peltex. This is the non-fusible type. It’s
a really rigid and kind of stiff interfacing that I use a lot in bag and I use it also
to make fabric postcards and things. And I think it just gives it a nice good stiffness
that the batting, something like batting won’t give you, ok? So we’re going to cut out two strips to
create the bookmark that measure 2 ½ inches by seven inches like these ones here. 2 ½
by seven, ok, and once you learn the techniques of how to put this little bookmark together,
you can customize it. I’m using just the straight solid print of the fabric because
I really like the prints. But you can use up even smaller scraps or do some patchwork
techniques. If you have an embroidery machine you can embroider somebody’s name or monogram
them. You can really customize these and make them any way you want to to give them as gifts,
ok? So we have our two strips. Then you’re going over to your ironing board and I want
you to press under the edges about ⅜ of an inch or half of an inch, something like
that is fine. And you’re going to flip the ends, the short ends only under towards the
wrong side of the fabric like I’ve done here, ok? And this is a good tip because when
you’re flipping something right side out if you’ve turned under the seam allowance
it makes it a lot easier for you. And then we’re going to take one and lay it with
pretty sides of the fabric touching one on top of the other. You can put a pin or a clip.
And we’re going to stitch it down using a quarter of an inch seam allowance just along
both long sides. So you should leave openings on both of the short sides. And let me head
over to the sewing machine and stitch that up to show you. Alright. And take a few backstitches at the
beginning and at the ends because you have to flip this right side out and you don’t
want it to come apart on you. Alright, so once you have it like that, you can see that
because we turned it under, that seam allowance is already out of our way so we’re going
to get nice clean folds when we turn it right side out. Now to do this, you can use a few
different things. I designed it so it’s only 6 ½ inches or so, I guess, six inches
if we turned under half an inch on each end. And so it’s just long enough that you can
flip it out without having to use a bodkin or a tube turner or anything. I kind of just
like load it up onto my thumb finger here and then grab the fabric and then slowly work
it under and through there. Ok, because it’s not that long so it shouldn’t give you too
many problems. Once you slip it right side out, head back over to the ironing board and
we’re going to give it a good press so that the seam is going down the sides. And if you
wanted to go for a different look, you could even press it this way, ok? So you have kind
of like that striped look. But I’m going to keep it flat. Press down those seam allowances.
And I starch my fabric really well before I cut it out. You can but you don’t really
have to. Just make sure you give it a good press after. Alright, so that is done. And
I have another sample here to show you. Look at these gorgeous fabrics. I love this collection. After that’s done you are going to cut your
strip of Peltex so that it’s just a little bit narrower, enough to fit in here. This
one measures about 1 ½ inches wide and you can see that it’s shorter. It’s about
5 ¾ inches. You don’t want the Peltex to come all the way to the bottom edge because
when we topstitch, we don’t want to look there and see that’s there’s any of the
white of the stabilizer. So just eyeball it, trim it down a little bit to size. Next thing
you’re going to do is just slip it in there. Ok, there it is and that’s going to give
us the nice stiffness that we need. And then your next step is to cut out your fold over
elastic. That’s what we’re going to be using. They come in some really great colors.
And remember that we always include a link in the description box below where you can
click and find the fabrics, the fold over elastic, the stabilizer, all the supplies
I use to create these projects are included in that link there for you. So I think for
this one I’m going to add this pop of this hot pink. It has really cool teal colors,
kind of like a gray-silver. But these go great. I really like this color here. So to measure this out it’s going to vary,
right? Depending on the size book that you want to use it on. I have tried this on several
different books. You can see this one here is kind of a larger book, or it’s about
the size, maybe, of most of the paperback books out there. And you can see that this
fits in nicely in this book here. Now if you’re using a smaller paperback you may want to
go shorter on the elastic. If it’s for a really large book then go bigger. But I did
want to show you that with these measurements look how much this stretches. So stretch it
out. Kind of eyeball it. You can even put a pin there or a clip and then stretch it
over the book just to get an idea and see how big you need to adjust it to. But if you
cut a strip to 10 ½ inches in length you’ll end up with something that stretches as much
as these, ok? So let’s measure this one out and cut ourselves, oop, this way, 10 ½
right here. Alright so we have our 10 ½ inch strip already cut. And all you’re going
to do is tuck it in. We already turned the edges under before we even sewed it up so
it’s all nice and clean right there for you. And you’re just going to tuck it in
the middle. It doesn’t have to go, it can be over the Peltex, under the Peltex. It doesn’t
matter it’s all going to get stitched in there. So just slip it in and you want to
put it in there, maybe, I would say a little bit bigger than a ¼ of an inch. You don’t
want the tugging on it to kind of be pulling or shred the elastic enough that it will come
out. So ⅜ of an inch, half an inch, something like that would work fine. I’m just going
to put a clip right here. And then you’re going to swing it around. Make sure you have
not twists in the elastic. And bring it to the other side, insert it in the center there
and put another clip. Now let’s head over to the sewing machine,
all we’re going to do is topstitch really close to this opening right here and backstitch
at the beginning and end. And you’ll repeat it to the other side. Make sure that you’re
pulling the elastic out of the way so that it doesn’t get caught in your stitches,
the loop of it. And it gets a little trickier on the other end as well. You want to make
sure to keep the bulk of the elastic out of way. Right here I’m going to pull this back
and make sure I’m not catching it. Alright, so our little fabric bookmark is complete.
And remember that it’s reversible. So feel free to make it out of scraps. You can even
get kids to help you make this project so they can have their own bookmarks to kind
of encourage them to read more books. And make these as gifts. You can use them for
yourself or as gifts. And they use up really small amounts of fabric and supplies so I
think you will definitely start making tons of these. If you enjoyed this video tutorial
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