Sunday, April 24, 2011

Recycled Ribbon Bookmarks (great gift for book club friends!)

A specially chosen book is always the perfect gift, and a handmade ribbon bookmark makes it all the more personal. These lovely keepsakes can be embellished as you like, and the directions can be modified to use any type or width of ribbon you desire.

Tools and Materials2 1/4-inch-wide ribbon (16 inches long)
1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon (14 inches long)
Pencil
Ruler
Utility knife
A needle and thread


Bookmark How-ToCut ribbons to a length a bit longer than the book they're intended for. On the wrong side of the wider ribbon, use a ruler and pencil to make evenly spaced horizontal lines 1 1/2 inches long.
Using a utility knife, and the edge of the ruler as a guide, carefully cut slits along pencil marks. Weave thin ribbon through slits on wide ribbon. To hold ribbons in place, stitch straight across the top and bottom edges of the bookmark.
To create a fringed edge, stitch across the bottom of the bookmark, about 1/2 inch from the bottom; then pull away the threads running crosswise. Or adorn an edge with a button, bell, or charm.


Read more at Marthastewart.com: Ribbon Bookmarks - Martha Stewart Crafts

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