Make an Easy Patchwork Bookmark with Elastic and Fabric

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
make sure to hit it with the thumbs up below. Share it across the different social media
sites. And give the project a try. When you do, take some pictures and upload them to
our Facebook page, Crafty Gemini Creates because I’d love to see what you’re making from
my tutorials. Thanks again for watching the video and I’ll see you in the next one.

40 Replies to “Make an Easy Patchwork Bookmark with Elastic and Fabric”

  1. Great video, project, and lesson! I love that you do functional projects and inspire ways to utilize the beautiful fabrics we love so much! This was a great idea and I just wanted to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing; I am a fan of your work!

    PS. One skill highly neglected on You Tube is serging…I have a serger and have yet to sew one stitch! Terrified…so..if you know how to serge and you can share some tips and projects using the serger I would greatly appreciate it 🙂

    Many Blessings,

  2. I loved this video and can't wait to get started on the bookmarks. I was wondering what Baby Lock machine you are using in the video and which machine do you prefer Juki or BabyLock? Thanks

  3. Love this tutorial! The perfect bookmark for my Quilter's Planner! Thanks for another great tutorial Vanessa! 🙂

  4. Super cute! I love that you used FOE. I have some I've been trying to find new uses for. My latest has been using it on the waist of circle skirts for my daughter 🙂

  5. All the book lovers in my family will appreciate this. Great idea – and I can try out different sizes for regular sized paperbacks, larger ones and hardcovers, though I am thinking the latter two would be the same size. Thanks! Glad I found your tutorials!

  6. Can you do a video on some type of storage caddy that can sit on your work space to hold your tools. Something that you can leave out, but not a mat.

  7. Thanks Vanessa. These would be great gifts for my book club & my girls in college. Great scrap buster & item to embroider pretty monogram initials. ♡

  8. I love this tutorial! I just bought my elastic in every color they had. Now I am on my way to my sewing room to make about a dozen bookmarks for family and friends. I love all your tutorials.

  9. What a great idea ! Hubby is always losing his bookmark and this will fix that ! And great stocking stuffers,surprise gifts, etc. Thank you !

  10. was VERY thrilled to talk you yesterday at the Pasadena convention center and loved how charming you were to Karen and me. I will enjoy your videos even more (if that is possible)now that I actually met you. We also met Jennie after you told us she was in there. Thanks for that. I live in Pasadena but I would have traveled a lot further to meet you both, my favorite video teachers. Thanks again, May Light. (PS. this is an old picture)

  11. I really enjoyed making this. It was easy and super fast. I made one for my husband with some Colts/Football fabric and put it in his college text book as a surprise!! I made a couple for some girlfriends too. I made 3 in less than an hour!!
    I really enjoy your youtube videos. You don't waste a lot of time, and you explain things clearly.
    Thank you.

  12. you are such a great teacher! thanks great for Mothers Day this year. Wonder if you make this in a 4×4 hoop for and Embroidery machine?

  13. Great project Vanessa, but I have a question on your iron. I have been considering getting the Panasonic cordless iron you have there – the reviews are good but a recurring debate exist, whether the iron gets hot enough. Most quilter reviews say yes. I would like your opinion. I haven't seen you do a review on it yet.

  14. great tutorial.  Thank you!  Wondering if you fold the fold over elastic or use it unfolded?  I've never used this before.  Thanks!

  15. I have some stretchy tape I bought by mistake with some binding tape. Red pokadot. Didn't know what i would do with it. Now I do, and am using some tag fabric that came in a bagoscraps that I bought from MQC, I can write names on the tags or some other message. Tks

  16. For some reason, I just saw this for the first time. As you held up the finished project, all I could think is that this would make a great headband, if you make the fabric part longer and taper the ends, don't you think?

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