Jun 13, 2011

Sewing Paper Bookmarks

A little person is sleeping in, so I am taking an opportune moment to quickly post. Of course this is my bed. At around 6 every morning, Tessa cries for me and ends up here to finish up her sleep in the morning. At least she sleeps through the night and goes down easy around 8.Anyhow, the itch struck me yesterday and I had to make something. I really need bookmarks. I have been reading a lot lately and I have also been reading Junie B. Jones books to my kids. The writing is hilarious and I often burst out laughing as I read. I have not yet bought a Kindle. I still like the feel of real paper. And the smell of book bindings. Kindles have yet to duplicate the smell. All this to say, I was feeling the need for bookmarks instead of assorted receipts and paper scraps that I have been using.

At any rate, in some packaging of a present given to Ainsley for her birthday, there was this little book made out of recycled paper with "Be You" sayings on it. It's a throwaway book that came with the packaging, but I fell in love with the bright colors on nice heavyweight paper and couldn't throw it away. So I cut it up and rounded off the edges. I could have stopped there as these were nice little bookmarks in and of themselves, but I kept going.
So I sewed a color strip and the book saying to a larger cardstock strip. Sewing it gave it some weight with the stitching, and sewing paper is pretty fun when paper scrapping. Just make sure to turn your tension down to a lower number (on my machine, 3 or 4 worked pretty well).
Oh the Lego guy? Just a typical day crafting with kids around.
Using my sizzix machine, I cut out some quick flowers after I had the strips all sewn down. This is a "no glue" project, because me and glue get messy and sometimes I don't like to mess with it.
Brads in the center secured the flowers tightly enough and now I have a stack of cute bookmarks. Sometimes it pays to not throw things away, but mostly, I have too much junk around here and I should probably just start chucking. Not today though! These are useful.


  1. You never cease to amaze me with your craftiness. You should add those bookmarks to your etsy shop. I think they would sell fast because they're so cute!

  2. I LOVE Junie B. Jones!!! I'm probably the only person in the universe who bought a box set at age 23 with no kids of my own. lol. I guess that's what happens when you're a kindergarten teacher? Or at least, that's what I'm saying... ;-)

    Those bookmarks are too cute. I love the paper! I want to know where that packaging came from...ha!
    I'm with Megan...you should add these to your shop!

    ♥ Bethany