Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DIY Bookmarks.


I love reading, and I love technology, but I have no desire to merge the two. I can't think of anything worse than one little electronic device replacing the traditional bookshelf, so I have not made the leap into e-reading. Hence, I own a hell of a lot of books. Whenever I'm in need of a bookmark, I always seem to end up tearing the corner off an envelope or using an old Tesco receipt - so I decided to make a few.

First, I love ribbon bookmarks, so I decided to make my own from scraps I had in my craft box. I save bits of ribbon from pyjamas, gifts, boxes - anything with a ribbon on it. I also save up broken jewellery in case it comes in handy for adding to cards or cross-stitch pictures. To create a ribbon bookmark, all you need is some ribbon, some embellishments, and a needle & thread.

To make a bookmark, fold a length of ribbon in half. Stitch the two bottom ends together about two inches from the end, then add your embellishments. To finish, fold the ends to the back & secure with stitches. Or, you can use superglue to secure it.

I also made a red one - this time, I added the embellishments to the middle of the ribbon, then tied the two ends together at the top:

They look really pretty when they're stacked, and they don't leave marks on pages either.

The last one is a "proper" ribbon bookmark that I've had for a while, I got it on eBay.

I also did some cross stitch bookmarks from patterns found on www.dorkstitch.com - Zelda & Mario:

I backed them with double-sided sticky tape, folded the sides in, then mounted them on card. They were much more time-consuming than the ribbon ones and are a little thicker - so I wouldn't recommend leaving them in a book for any colossal period of time.

Back to nails tomorrow!


  1. Never in my life would I have thought this up! Love the Mario one - my nephews would go nuts for it.

  2. These are lovely, so cute. And I'm in LOVE with that Mario one!! AMAZING!

  3. Ahh the Mario one is amazing!!

  4. Thsi is such a lovely idea! I want the Mario one!

  5. So cute, I love them. Would be nice idea to stick in with a birthday card for someone you aren't buying a gift for. Practical and personalised :-)

    BookishTrish from Between the Lines

  6. Absolutely beautiful idea, so creative and eye catching! Love it!


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