This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. YAY! Sadly, I did not realize this until yesterday. Fail.
Thankfully, I have a sewing machine, a ton of fabric, and an imagination. So, I came up with these fabulous bookmarks for mi madre.
I won’t tell you what they are because I might embarrass her. And then she might throw my bookmarks that I toiled over in the trash.
Nah, she’d never do that. My momma loves me. And I love her, so, let’s get right to what I made for her.
Shoot, I’ll even show you how to make them too!
Fabric Bookmark Supplies:
- Coordinating Fabrics
- Heat & Bond (The Sewable kind if you are going to sew, the non-sewable kind if you aren’t going to sew)
- Ironing Board
- Sewing Machine (optional)
- Thread (optional)
- Cutting Mat
- Straight Edge
- Rotary Cutter
- Pinking Shears
First, get your iron and set it to medium temp. Then, gather your fabric. You won’t need much, so if you have fabric scraps laying around, this would be a great way to use them up!
I made 2 bookmarks and used 2 coordinating fabrics for each bookmark. I cut them into 3″x7″ pieces. Below is what it should look like. I laid the fabric right side down to get ready for doing the next step.
For those who don’t know. This what what Heat & Bond looks like in the package. See at the top where it says sewable? That’s what you’ll need if you plan on using a sewing machine for this project. This is very important!
Then, take your heat and bond and cut a piece 3″x7″ as well. Lay it SHINY SIDE DOWN on top of your first piece of fabric. the SHINY side of the Heat & Bond should touch the WRONG (or back) side of the fabric.Take your iron and lay it on top of the Heat & Bond fabric for 2 seconds. It will adhere to the fabric pretty quickly. Make sure you heat the entire piece of Heat & Bond to the fabric.
Then, you will peel the Heat & Bond backing paper off of the fabric. This is what the wrong side of your fabric should look like when done right. Shiny.Take your 2nd piece of coordinating fabric and lay the wrong side to shiny side of the fabric you were first working with. Then you will set your iron on top and the heat from the iron will adhere the two pieces of fabric together.Since both pieces of fabric are now completely adhered together, thanks to the Heat & Bond, it is totally optional to sew.
Below is what the two pieces of fabric look like completely bonded together. The Heat & Bond gives the fabric somewhat of a stiffness, which is good when you’re making a bookmark!Now, If you do not have a sewing machine or if you do not want to sew, skip down to the part where I cut the edges with pinking shears.
If you do want to sew it, keep looking on. The sewing is really for embellishment.
If you’re sewing your bookmark, make your seam allowance about 5/8″ on each side. Sew a complete rectangle.If you have alphanumeric stitching capabilities on your machine, why not go ahead and add some fun little messages to your bookmark like I did?I wanted to put “Mom Rocks” on the first bookmark, but I started the fabric wrong in the machine, so all I could do was “Mom” before the fabric ran out. Oops!
That’s ok. This is a new machine–and I am a rookie seamstress, after all.
This took me hardly any time to complete. I was surprised how quick I whipped two of them out. I think I will be making up some more for teachers, friends, and book lovers like my mom.Think my mom will like these? I sure hope she does.
Feel free to whip some up for the momma figures in your life. Any homemade gift is special in my book (pun intended, ha!)!
**OK, so as I was posting this, I realized that I forgot add an 8 in the verse. The verse I was referencing was Proverbs 31:28, not Proverbs 31:2! Ahh!!
The scripture that I was wanting to put on there was:
Proverbs 31:28 “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.”
Proverbs 31:2 is “Listen my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!”
Totally not the scripture I was going for. Whoops!
I guess every rookie seamstress makes mistakes.
Thankfully I can go back and add to it so it won’t be totally awkward when I give it to my mom and she decides to go look it up! HA!****