Create your own shibori book marks

February 26, 2017

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.

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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

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

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

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

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Sew short ends.

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

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

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Use the same technique to create a bookmark with ribbon.

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

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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.


17 comments so far.

17 responses to “Create your own shibori book marks”

  1. Caroline says:

    These are so pretty Vicky. What an original idea!

  2. Claire says:

    Love the elastic loop bookmark. I’m always carrying round notebooks to jot down ideas and one of theses would look great round it. Especially as you know I love denim crafts.

  3. Susan says:

    These came out great. I’ve seen the idea a few times but wasn’t really sure how to go about doing it. Your pictures help a ton! I really like the idea of using denim since I 1) hate interfacing and 2) have a pile of jeans that I need to discard or upcycle.

  4. I read every minute I get, on the subway, in waiting rooms and every night before sleeping. A couple of years ago I gave in and switched to reading books on my phone – I was so anti this for years. Turns out it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Your bookmarks look great 😀 #handmademonday

    • Vicky says:

      Thanks Chrissie, I did try an e reader but realised how influenced I am by the graphics on the book cover to help me chose (rather shallow but true!)

  5. Caroline says:

    Love these designs and must admit my favourite is the button one too. I have just started a bullet journal, not much in it yet but will get there

    • Vicky says:

      I will be interested to hear how you get on with a bullet journal:) A friend suggested it to me as i tend to write a list for the day with tasks for home, blog, shopping etc.. I am very list focussed!!!

  6. Michelle says:

    What lovely bookmarks. A great gift idea too. Thank you.

  7. Amaia says:

    These are really cute Vicky! You are now the person to come to for handmade Shibori products!

  8. Cristina says:

    What a cute idea. I love it!

  9. Ooh, Shibori denim! It’s divine! Love it, Vicky! 🙂 Lisa

  10. Anne says:

    I love these! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that features your tutorial: –Anne

  11. Julie says:

    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

  12. Torry says:

    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.

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