Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pen Holder Bookmark

This weekend I decided to tackle the wallpaper in our bathroom. Removing wallpaper is as miserable as I expected. The great thing about miserable projects is that they motivate me to do a lot of other stuff. Stuff like laundry and using up the boatload of old bananas in my freezer. Speaking of the bananas, I have an experiment in the oven as we speak that I hope will turn out so I can share it with you next week!

Now that I'm done with that, I'm blogging to delay returning to the wallpaper even further. I have a really fun tutorial to share, and I thought what better time to share it than today when I'm trying to waste time! I actually made this bookmark a few weeks ago. It is an especially great gift for a friend or teenager who journals or does a Bible study.


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Here are the instructions:

1. Download the pattern below, and cut out the pieces as well as a 12-inch length of elastic.


Pen Holder Bookmark

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2. Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of one large piece and one small piece of fabric using the instructions received with your interfacing.


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3. Place right sides of both of the small pieces together and sew together one of the short sides using a 1/4" seam.


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4. Trim corners of the small pieces, and fold along the sewn line so the right sides of the fabric are facing outward.


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5. Stack the pieces in the following order:

  • Large piece without interfacing with right side up.
  • Small pieces folded in half along the sewn line. Make sure the piece with the interfacing is on the top.
  • Elastic. The bottom where the small and large pieces all meet should have about an inch sticking out.
  • Large piece with interfacing with right side facing down.


6. Use a couple of pins to secure all of the pieces and sew around three sides with a 1/4" seam, leaving open the top between the two large pieces open. Make sure to reinforce the elastic piece, going over it three to five times.

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7. Trim corners.

8. Turn right side out, making sure the the large piece with the interfacing is the back of the bookmark. If you don't pay attention to this, your elastic will be stuck in the "pen pocket" created by the smaller two pieces of material.

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9. Fold the open edges in, stick in about an inch of the the elastic band.

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10. Sew closed. Again, go over the area with the elastic a few times to reinforce the area.

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It's pretty quick to make. The biggest challenge is turning it right side out. If you don't do it right the elastic band comes out in the "pen pocket," and you have to start all over.

Other than that, add a pen and a journal, and you've got a cute, easy and affordable gift.



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