Two weeks ago I made some bookmarks to go with a tote and books that we gave to my mother-in-law for her birthday. The bookmarks go together in a matter of minutes and are a great project if you have children that are feeling crafty. They would make a sweet Valentine for a friend. I made them with 2″ wide strips of scrap fabric, ribbon and iron-on denim.
I have four children, three are boy. When they were little, their clothes were basically held together with iron-on denim patches. We lived on a vineyard and the boys (often) lived in the dirt.
Now that I don’t have any grubby boys wearing out their jeans at the knee, I can use it for crafts instead.
To make the bookmarks, cut a few 2 inch strips of fabric and as many 2 inch strips of the denim. Mine were six inches long but they could be whatever length or width you choose, as long as they are the same.
The iron-on denim will give the bookmark plenty of body. However, this pink strip was fairly thin, so I applied a scrap of iron-on interfacing to the back. (As an alternative, if you have denim scraps laying around, you could use the denim scraps and adhere them to the other fabric with Wonder Under.)
Once the interfacing was applied, I used a glue stick to adhere a piece of ribbon to the top of the strip. The ribbon could be any length or width you happen to have. Whatever looks nice, works fine.
Preheat your iron so it is good and hot and do not use steam. After you have the ribbon glued down, place the iron-on denim and the outer fabric with the ribbon together, wrong sides touching. With a very hot iron, press them together, applying light pressure to your iron.
At this point, you might choose to call it good. If it isn’t going to be washed, the adhesive on the denim will probably be enough to hold them together. I like to run a stitch around the perimeter just to be sure. Sometimes I will use a zig-zag stitch or a decorative stitch on my machine. Other times, I just use a straight stitch.
After making several of these, my needle did collect some of the sticky adhesive residue. Just a little warning. I used an old needle to make these and then tossed it.