Hi everyone – it’s Andy from A Bright Corner.  I love taking books with me to the park, to the pool, camping… you name it!  What I don’t love, is when my bookmark (which honestly is usually a scrap of paper) gets pulled or blown out and I lose my place!  So I made myself an On-the-go Bookmark!

 

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This bookmark will stay in place – even with the book open.  I’m looking forward to putting this to good use this week!

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What you’ll need:

 

1.  From the two fabrics, cut strips that are 2.5″ x 15.5″

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2.  From the HeatnBond® Fusible Interfacing, cut a strip that is 2″ x 14.5″.  Following the instructions on the package, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the fabrics.  I like to fuse it to the print I’ll use as the outside of the bookmark.  When you fuse it, leave about 1/4″ space around each edge, except one end.  That end will have about 3/4″ space (see photo below.)  I’m going to call this the interfacing gap and I’ll refer to it later.

 

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3.  Print the applique letters template and using a pencil, trace the needed letters on to a piece of Heat n Bond® Lite.  I wanted my bookmark to say “read” but a monogrammed bookmark would be great too!

4.  Following the instructions on the package, iron the Heat n Bond® Lite to the wrong side of a coordinating fabric.  Cut out each letter.  Nice, sharp scissors come in handy here.

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5.  Remove the papers from the back of the letters and iron the letters to the bookmark.  Stitch in place.  I just used a straight stitch in a matching thread.

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6.  With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam, sew the two strips together along three sides.  Remember the interfacing gap?  Leave that end open for turning.

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7.  Turn the bookmark right sides out now.  Use the tip of your scissors to carefully push out the corners.  Press flat.

 

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8.  Fold the open end in to hide the raw edges. Press flat.

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9.  Next we will make the casing for the elastic.  On the end that you just pressed, fold that over about 3/4″ to 1″ to the inside of the bookmark.  Stitch right along the edge to close up that end and to create the casing.  Push one end of the elastic through the casing.

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10.  On the other end (on the outside of the bookmark) sew the button.

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11.  Next we need to check the length of the elastic.  So grab a book and put the bookmark inside.  Loop the elastic around the button and find the needed length of elastic.  Cut it to size and sew the ends together.

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Then to hide that end, pull the elastic until the sewn part is hidden in the casing.

 

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Your bookmark is now ready to use!  So grab your favorite book and head outside for some al fresco reading.

 

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