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Create your own shibori book marks

Have I ever shared how I love to read? I am a massive fan of my local library service, visiting almost weekly to pick up fiction books. I am almost addicted to reading at bedtime. Escaping into fiction helps me switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep.

I still have a small amount of shibori inspired dyed denim – remember the pencil cases I made?. It dawned on me that I could adapt this rather nifty technique for making bag handles to create a neat book mark.

Today I am going to share my various shibori inspired denim bookmarks.

Elastic bookmark tutorial

To make:

  • Elastic the length of the book plus 1/4″
  • Shibori dyed denim, the length of the book by 4″  (see this post for more information)
  • Iron on interfacing, the length of the book by 4″

Tip – of you have think denim you may wish to omit the interfacing

Iron the interfacing to the back of the denim

Fold the fabric in half lengthways right sides together. Press.

Fold the long length in half again wrong sides together. Press. Repeat for the other side.

Place elastic in the middle of the denim sandwich. Hold with a pin. Refold fabric.

Sew short ends.

Trim the seam allowance, this reduces bulk. Turn the fabric so the inside is now on the outside.

Poke the corners out. Press and finish with a top stitch all round the denim.

Use the same technique to create a bookmark with ribbon.

Or how about a different take on elastic? Lengthen the denim, create an elastic loop and add a button.

Personally this is my favourite – I am tempted to start a bullet journal, if I do this is the style bookmark I will use. Naturally you can use any fabric scraps you have.

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Crystal Garwood

Friday 25th of December 2020

I absolutely LOVE this bookmark... But... as crafty as I am, I can't sew lol. Can I use a certain glue? And do you by any chance have a video tutorial? I am also making 3 flowers out of resin instead of a button. And making the fabric a little longer so it can fit different size books.

Crystal Garwood

Friday 25th of December 2020

I absolutely LOVE this bookmark... But... as crafty as I am, I can't sew lol. Can I use a certain glue? And do you by any chance have a video tutorial? I am also making 3 flowers out of resin instead of a button. And making the fabric a little longer so it can fit different size books.

Ameena

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Beautiful I love it

Torry

Saturday 4th of August 2018

I think when I make mine, I'll use the buttonhole elastic so it can fit on more sizes of books. Thank you for the tutorial.

Julie

Friday 3rd of March 2017

These are lovely Vicky, I think the one with the button is my favourite. i love to read but only really get chance on holiday, then I have a fest of 3 or 4 novels. I've tried with a kindle but there is nothing quite like a real book, then you need a book mark of course. Thanks for sharing at #HandmadeMonday

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