For those of you who know me, you know that I am a big time book lover. When I was younger, I couldn’t even leave the house without grabbing a book to go. It didn’t matter if we were going to the dentist’s office, the grocery store or a volleyball game; I always had my nose in a book.
The project I want to share with you today stems from my obsession with literature. If you are always on the go, a typical paper bookmark simply will not do. When you pick up your book and it accidentally swings open, you can’t have your bookmark flying out too! I hate losing my place in a book, so I found a solution to this problem: making my own bookmark! (First saw the idea for this project on pinterest, but this is the blog it originally came from.)
For this simple project you will need ribbon to fit the size of your book, a button of your choice, and a pony-tail holder that you don’t mind giving up.
You will first need to cut your ribbon to the desired length. I am kind of an “eye-baller”, so I just wrapped my ribbon around the outside of my book and cut it, leaving about an inch between the ends.
Next, wrap one end of the ribbon through the pony-tail holder and pin it in place.
Now sew along the edge of the ribbon to secure the loop around the pony-tail holder. Make sure to reinforce the beginning and end by reverse stitching.
Next you will need to decide where to place your button.Once again I eye-ball where I want my button by wrapping the ribbon around the book. Then I looked where the pony-tail holder would naturally hit the book mark without slack, but then I place the button about above that mark. Therefore, the pony-tail will be pulled tight against the book at the place where the button is sewn.
Now sew the button onto the ribbon at the desired location.
Next, I gathered the ribbon a little bit at the place where the button is sewn so that the location of the button looks more natural.
Then wrap the ribbon around the book one more time securing the pony-tail holder around the button, and you’ve officially made your very own bookmark that will not slip out of your book while you’re on the go!
The most important thing that I learned from making this bookmark is that one-size does not fit all. Obviously some books will be too big or too small to use with this bookmark. However, with how easy this bookmark is to make, it wouldn’t be hard to whip one up to fit your favorite book.
What do you think? What is your favorite quick-sew project?
Questions? Feel free to ask below!
Courtney is a member of the GE Creative Team and is the monkey in the middle of this trio of sisters. Her degree might be in English and Spanish Education, but she’s following God’s call on her life and pursuing full time ministry with The Navigators. If she’s not crafting, reading, or hanging with her hubby, you’ll probably find her at a local coffee shop sipping her caramel latte and opening up the Bible with college women.